Opened: April 17, 2019
Book, Music & Lyrics by: Anaïs Mitchell
Broadway Replacement Cast: Reeve Carney, André De Shields, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada, Patrick Page, Jewelle Blackman, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Kay Trinidad, Timothy Hughes, John Krause, Kimberly Marable, Afra Hines & Anthony Chatmon II
Greek mythology’s tragic tale of Orpheus (Reeve Carney) and Eurydice (Eva Noblezada) is told in a completely original way masterminded in a piece of creative genius by Anaïs Mitchell.
Orpheus is a songwriter and falls in love upon his first sighting of Eurydice. They quickly marry, but she is convinced to travel down to Hadestown by Hades (Patrick Page) as his relationship with Persephone (Amber Gray) declines. Orpheus must follow Hades’ rules to save Eurydice.
The score is unlike anything else on Broadway and combines elements of jazz and classical music to create music that seems more likely for the 1930s or 1940s.
As Hermes, André De Shields narrates and steals the show, but Page is also perfectly menacing as Hades. It’s hard to picture anyone else in either of their roles.
Final say: Go to Hadestown. ★★★★★