Hadestown: A Ticket Guide

Everything you need to know about where, when and how to purchase tickets for the show (without being taken advantage of)

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I find it strange to write about “Hadestown” in 2021. I always found the post-apocalyptic setting of the show chilling, yet very far-fetched. But with the COVID-19 pandemic still raging and humanity basically at hold, could this future of Anaïs Mitchell’s masterpiece be at least a step closer?

Still, the show is a smash-hit on Broadway, “competing” with Broadway hardliners for being the most popular. This makes purchasing tickets for it quite the task. We’ve gathered a short guide on how and when to buy, so you can have the best experience!

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Note!

The ticket market is highly decentralized. Many websites provide multiple tickets at various prices. The providers are divided into the primary and secondary markets with their specific pros and cons.

Primary market

Again, this remains the best way to purchase tickets. In this case – the TKTS booths, and the box office of the Walter Kerr Theatre.

Pros

Box Office has cheap tickets.

TKTS also provides cheap tickets for multiple shows.

Cons

Long lines

Tickets may be over soon

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The secondary providers are in a competition to provide the best tickets for this Broadway smash hit. From the smallest to the biggest, they provide a wide range of seats and prices. You can find our most trusted vendors below.

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They utilize discount codes to lower the price of their tickets. This plus the fact that they purchase tickets directly for the theater makes them one of the cheapest providers on the market. Add to that the fact that they don’t utilize a service fee and you’ll have one of the best providers on the market.

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Ticketmaster
One of the largest event ticket bases, Ticketmaster utilizes a huge number of discount codes to provide a better price. If you’re going to buy from them, feel free to use the following discount codes.
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Another event juggernaut, StubHub provides online tickets at a higher price. Still, their ticket base is large and rich, and they easily provide great last-minute offers for nearly every show, Hadestown included.

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Short answer – as soon as possible. The show is popular and in high demand, so try to purchase your tickets at least two or three days before the selected performance. Be wary that there are always certain risks, especially from unauthorized vendors and resellers.

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The Walter Kerr, named after the iconic Broadway critic, is one of the smallest venues on Broadway with just 975. This makes finding tickets even harder. Still, the venue is comfortable. It is divided into an orchestra, a mezzanine, and a balcony.

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“Hadestown” is one of the modern symbols of Broadway. It sits on par with “Hamilton”, “Dear Evan Hansen”, and “Mean Girls”.

Anaïs Mitchell’s dystopian take on the popular myth of Eurydice, Orpheus, and his venture to the underworld (in this case – Hadestown), in order to save his beloved, took over Broadway by storm in 2019. “Hadestown” was the big winner at the 73rd Tony Awards, winning the sensational eight Tony Awards out of fourteen nominations. The show grabbed the Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Scenic Design in a Musical, and more!

This, along with the acclaims the show received on its off-Broadway performances, the Drama Desk Awards, and the awards in Canada, puts “Hadestown” amongst the best contemporary shows in musical theater.

Music

“Hadestown” is based on Anaïs Mitchell’s 2010 conceptual album. Since then, she released a couple of cast recordings. The US cast album even reached the top on the Billboard musical chart and has received a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album in 2020.

 

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When debuting, “Hadestown” was met with huge expectations but easily managed to answer them. And we quote:

Critical Reviews

Directed by Rachel Chavkin ("Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812"), "Hadestown" contains a stunning visual design evoking both a New Orleans barroom scene and a smoldering mechanical underworld, complemented by the motion of turntables, a rollicking band, bold performances and expressive dance choreography. Whereas the previous Off-Broadway production was performed in the round, no impact has been lost in the transition to a traditional proscenium theater. The score - which contains airy folk-pop for the lovers and a livelier jazz idiom for the denizens of the underworld - comes off as distinctive and authentic by Broadway standards. Many of the songs are reflective in nature, which leads to some slow points, especially in Act Two. But, more often than not, "Hadestown" is exciting, compelling and beautiful.

amNY | By: Matt Windman | Date: 04/17/2019 more >

The gods, or more likely Ms. Chavkin and her creative team, have saved "Hadestown" on its way uptown - via Edmonton and London - by turning it into something very much warmer, if not yet ideally warm. The story is clearer, the songs express that story more directly and the larger themes arise from it naturally rather than demanding immediate attention like overeager undergraduates.

The Metamorphosis of ‘Hadestown,’ From Cool to Gorgeous more >

Hadestown has arrived on Broadway. Like so many of its mythic antecedents, it's the product of much metamorphosis, and its current manifestation feels lush, vigorous, and formally exciting, not to mention, in certain moments, witchily prescient.

From: Vulture | By: Sara Holdren | Date: 04/17/2019 more >

Audience Reviews

I went to Hadestown expecting a good show but was floored by it's brilliant score and fantastic cast. I saw original productions of Evita, Sweeney Todd and Le Miserables and I consider Hadestown to be one of the top theatrical experiences of my life. The years of work on the music are evident in the poetry and complexity of the score and I can't say enough about the singers. I live in Oregon but I'm already figuring out how to get back to NY and see Hadestown again soon.

Great theater! more >

A musical performance that wowed me to my core, Hadestown brings together talented actors and musicians in addition to high-quality sets and lighting to form a masterful recreation of the Greek tragedy. Its musical score left me enchanted and wishing the performance had gone on for another hour. Get your tickets as soon as possible and find out how the world could be.

The Best Musical I Have Seen more >

This was a fabulous show telling the story of Orpheus and Eurydice and also Hades and Persephone. It was intense and quite dramatic. This isn't one of those feel good, toe tapping shows, but it was soooo good! I would definitely see it again if I could afford it. It was well worth the price.

MUST SEE! more >

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Act I

Hermes, the Greek god of travels welcomes us to some sort of Great Depression-era inspired post-apocalyptic land. Then the Three Fates introduce Eurydice, who wanders the wastelands. Hermes’s ward – the mythical singer Orpheus falls in love with her, and proposes her marriage with a little bit encouragement by the god. She accepts but has her doubts due to their life of poverty. Still, he manages to convince her that everything will be alright. Ah, the musician’s charm!
On the other side of the spectrum, we meet Hades – the god of the underworld himself, and his wife Persephone – goddesses of spring. They are a rather typical middle-aged couple that was married for most of their life – they still love each other, but have grown bored and cold. Hades is preoccupied with his grand project of Hadestown, while Persephone needs her freedom. He is a controlling, uncaring boss, exploiting his workers. She is an alcoholic that dreams of the moment of bringing spring and summer to the land over.
She joins Eurydice and Orpheus for a brief, yet good time. Persephone shares her misery when she has to leave for Hadestown. However, The Fates prize Hades and his domain, which makes Eurydice curious. She and Orpheus have yet another fight, and so have Hades and Persephone. So, Hades ventures to the ground above to find someone that would be grateful for the life he can give. This someone turns out to be Eurydice, who is urged by The Fates to join the god of the underworld. Orpheus learns about her fate of Hermes and pledges an oath to find her.

Act II

Regrets! Act II starts with Eurydice’s regrets on traveling to Hadestown. She’s building a wall and clearly isn’t enjoying it. Orpheus manages to track her down, but is confronted by Hades, who states that she’s there willingly. Orpheus sings and his singing leads to some disorder among the residents of Hadestown. His singing is overheard by Persephone, who tries to convince her husband to let Eurydice leave. He isn’t very impressed, but gives Orpheus a chance – he can sing…before Hades kills him. Orpheus sings the song that he’s been writing since the start, and it touches Hades. He’s in a dilemma – if he lets Orpheus go, then he’ll show weakness to his servants. If he kills him, then the singer will become a martyr. So, he offers Orpheus a deal – he can leave, while Eurydice follows him. If he turns to see her, she’ll remain in Hadestown forever. So, he walks away, but turns just at the very end to see that she’s been there the whole time, but now she’s lost forever.

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Still, Eurydice is fine, and raises a toast with Persephone for Orpheus and for the small joys in hard times.