Theatrely Three: HADESTOWN

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Amber Gray and the Broadway cast of HADESTOWN | Photo: Matthew Murphy
Zack Reiser
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September 2, 2021 8:10 AM

Our top three reasons why you should not miss out on Hadestown’s return. 

Get ready to ride that train down to Hell in the 2019 Tony-winning Best Musical. Hadestown retells the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice through Depression-era New Orleans jazz. With book, music and lyrics by Anaïs Mitchell and direction by Rachel Chavkin, this musical is sure to sweep you off your feet.

Here’s our Theatrely Three:

  1. From the first riff of the trombone during “Road to Hell,” to the rich and poetic lyrics in songs like “Chant,” and the incredible harmonies when Orpheus sings his song in “Epic III,” the score of Hadestown is truly unbeatable. Mitchell has taken her folk song sense of writing and combined it with the jazz orchestrations courtesy of band leader Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose that make the show feel both grounded and timeless. Her songs seamlessly flit from a drinking party above ground, to a journey to the underworld, to a song that promises to bring back spring.
  1. The ensemble in this show is truly no joke! David Neumann’s choreography really puts this incredible group to the test, in both the fun dancing that happens above ground and the toil of the workers mining in the underworld. We can’t wait to see what this crew can do!
  1. I know epic is a word that gets thrown around a lot, but there’s truly a lot that is epic about this show. From the set design (which—don’t be fooled—still holds secrets you don’t know!) to the incredible imagery that Rachel Chavkin creates on stage, to the incredible band sitting on stage left and right who play their souls out eight shows a week, when Hadestown fires on all cylinders there’s no stopping that train!

Hadestown is now in performances at the Walter Kerr Theatre on 48th Street in New York City. For tickets and more information, visit here

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Zack Reiser

Zack Reiser has a passion for theatre, cooking, and music. With professional experience in various roles in the Broadway community, he could tell you how theatre works from the front of the house to the back of the stage. He’s been with the Theatrely team since 2019.

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