Walter Kerr Theatre | New York, New York
Walter Kerr Theatre in the city of New York showing, for your viewing pleasure, on the Friday 22nd March 2024, Hadestown! The intense re-telling of two of ancient Greek myths blended together into one nightmare passage into the very pit of the underworld and back again. The story of four lovers, the very lords of the underworld, his highness King Hades and his Queen of Summer, Persephone, and our two disillusioned humans, dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice. Viewer be warned, there are no Greek tragedies that have a joyful ending. Reserve your tickets now for Hadestown and pray like hell that they let you come out again…
This remarkable production known as Hadestown is no exception when it comes to the melancholic conclusions that mark many musicals. The initial song decisively declares it to be a "sad song" and a "sad tale." Even with its melancholy ending, "Hadestown" draws interest due to its brilliant cast and well-defined storyline imbued with a powerful meaning. The tale retells the myth of Orpheus from Greek mythology. The core focus revolves around the journey of Orpheus and Eurydice to Hadestown, the realm ruled by Hades, where their deeply intertwined love story unfolds.
Anaïs Mitchell, the genius behind this astonishing production, is responsible for its music, lyrics, and book. Her exceptional talents are evident in her other well-known projects like Young Man in America and Child Ballads. In collaboration with director Rachel Chavkin, Mitchell embarked on a journey to create a fresh version of the theatrical piece in 2012. This enhanced rendition included extra musical numbers and dialogues. The remodeled theatrical adaptation of the musical, crafted under Chavkin's guidance, premiered Off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop on May 6 and performed until July 31. The production afterward had performances in Edmonton and London before making its grand debut on Broadway in March 2019.
The esteemed New York Daily News had a terrific time experiencing the Broadway showing and expressed, “America's journey to the underworld is a path best avoided – better to step off it, young ones. Don't look back – it's way too dangerous. Instead, seek for the fissures in that famous wall we're building. That's the essence of "Hadestown," the riveting new Broadway show with a score that resonates from the very depths of the American soul. Blending elements of steampunk, "Westworld," and Bourbon Street anarchy, this dystopian tuner was conceived as a concept album in 2010 – a kind of folk opera – created by the incredible singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell.”
There is no doubt you can pass up on a musical masterpiece like Hadestown. Its distinctive reimagining of the timeless tale is guaranteed to hold your interest throughout the entire show. With elements of music spanning from folk and indie folk to country, blues, ragtime, gospel, rock, swing, and avant-garde, the show appeals to a wide spectrum of viewers. During this time of year, get ready to be part of the crowd as Hadestown takes the stage in New York, New York! The unforgettable performance is scheduled at the Walter Kerr Theatre on Friday 22nd March 2024. Don't let this slip away – secure your seats for Hadestown promptly!