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
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
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
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.
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
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.