Walter Kerr Theatre | New York, New York
Hadestown, the musical of Greek tragedies brought to you by Walter Kerr Theatre in the city of New York presents, on the Friday 8th March 2024, Anaïs Mitchell’s hypnotizing melodies and director Rachel Chavkin’s graceful imagination set an industrial post-apocalyptic setting versus human will, uncertainty against belief, and fright against love. Hadestown, dare you to venture, at the bidding of our silver-tounged Hermes, as he guides us and our foolish young hero, Orpheus, deep into the underworld, a land ruled by the pitiless King Hades himself. Grab your tickets now for Hadestown at Walter Kerr Theatre and see if you can flee with your soul.
An indicator of a performance's triumph is its collection of Tony Awards, and the remarkable production has quite a few. Among 14 nominations it received for the 2019 Tony Awards, Hadestown clinched eight victories, among them the much-coveted title of Best Musical. Moreover, the production garnered accolades for its mesmerizing musical score by David Mitchell, the insightful direction of Rachel Chavkin, the standout performance by André De Shields, the ingenious scenic design, the noteworthy sound design, the artful lighting design, and the creative orchestrations.
In Anais Mitchell's reimagining of a ancient Greek tale, Eurydice is shown as a young woman well-versed in navigating on her own in a world filled with unpredictability, even in meteorological patterns. Conversely, Orpheus is a ardent singer-songwriter filled with feelings. Upon their first meeting, Eurydice is lured into an underworld factory, in which Hades transforms his workers into mindless drones.
Orpheus embarks on a journey to retrieve her, assisted by his harmonious tunes and Persephone (Hades' wife), he succeeds in bringing her back to his residence.
The cast is compact, consisting of just 13 members, who stay put on the forefront for the majority of the performance. The chorus consists of 5 cast members, who contribute their vocals and dance in the background to enhance the energy of the songs. Included among the actors the 3 Fates, combining singing, conversation, and interaction with the characters. The full seven-piece band for "Hadestown" delivers the full performance while all except the drummer are visible on stage. The primary figures embody the deities Hades and Persephone, as well as Orpheus and his beloved Eurydice.
Entertainment Weekly showered praises on the Broadway rendition, stating, “When it comes to tales as ancient as time, the narratives of Greek mythology rank high, those epic stories of gods and mortals that have been recounted for millennia, inspiring endless interpretations. However, there's something remarkably current and fresh about the manner in which those stories - those timeless melodies, those poignant ballads - are presented in Hadestown. As it debuts on Broadway, this journey to the realm of the dead feels as though it's a completely new invention.”
Be prepared to be a part of the acclaimed Broadway show of Hadestown this spring! The extravaganza is set to unfold at the Walter Kerr Theatre on Friday 8th March 2024. Don't miss out to secure your tickets immediately before they disappear – being a part of this show is an experience you won't feel sorry!