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About Hadestown

HADESTOWN is the acclaimed new musical by celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and innovative director Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) that reimagines a sweeping ancient tale as a timeless allegory for our world.

HADESTOWN follows two intertwining love stories — that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone — as it invites audiences on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back. Mitchell’s beguiling melodies and Chavkin’s poetic imagination pit nature against industry, faith against doubt, and love against fear. Performed by a vibrant ensemble of actors, dancers and singers, HADESTOWN delivers a resonant and defiantly hopeful theatrical experience. Meet “your next musical theater obsession” (Vogue).

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The underworld comes to life in Anaïs Mitchell’s “Hadestown,” a contemporary retelling of Orpheus and Eurydice’s tragic tale. The Greek myth meets the Great Depression in the folk opera, about a forlorn musician who comes face to face with the ruler of the underworld to find and save his dead wife. When Orpheus and his guitar descend to Hadestown, he finds the king of the dead, Hades himself, who has tricked his underlings into building a wall to keep the good guys out.

Following Off-Broadway and London productions, “Hadestown” has been revamped and finely tuned to heat up Broadway helmed by Rachel Chavkin, the Tony Award-nominated director of “Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812.” Mitchell’s musical — which began over a decade ago as a touring production and later a concept album — mirrors the political environment of today, but with the sounds and soul of New Orleans jazz.

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What To Watch For

  • “Hadestown” began with two productions in Anaïs Mitchell’s home state of Vermont in 2006 and 2007 before she released a concept album in 2010.
  • Since the album, Mitchell has nearly doubled the show’s amount of music. The recording has 20 songs, and when the show premiered in New York at Off-Broadway’s New York Theatre Workshop, the show had 35.
  • After releasing the concept album, Mitchell searched a collaborator on a New York production — and reached out to director Rachel Chavkin after seeing “Great Comet.”
  • Since its Off-Broadway production, the setting of the show has been changed to an old communion hall in the South.
  • Including the music of “Hadestown,” Mitchell is also a prolific songwriter, having released a total of nine albums.

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Run Time

2hr 30min (incl. intermission)

Start Date

Age

Recommended for ages 12+. Children under 4 are not permitted in the theater.

Walter Kerr Theatre

219 W 48th Street, New York, NY 10036

Extended Performance Window

Previews Begin 3/22

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