The Broadway-bound production of Hadestown, one of the eagerly-anticipated musicals of the spring, has its principal cast. Starring in the piece written and composed by Anaïs Mitchell, will be Reeve Carney (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, TV’s “Penny Dreadful”), André De Shields (The Wiz, The Full Monty), Amber Gray (Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812), Eva Noblezada (Miss Saigon, West End: Les Miserables), and Patrick Page (Saint Joan, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark). Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812) is set to direct. The principals for Hadestown come to Broadway direct from Hadestown’s sold-out run at London’s National Theatre which ended this Saturday.
“I’m delighted to be continuing the journey with these artists, some of whom have been with the piece since the beginning. They bring a wild combination of experience, singular musicianship, and a shared joy in mining Anaïs’ poetry and politics,” shared Chavkin over the recently-announced cast.
The musical will begin previews at Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theatre on Friday, March 22, 2019, toward an official opening on Wednesday, April 17. The creative team for Broadway features Drama Desk Award nominee Rachel Hauck (set design), three-time Tony Award nominee Michael Krass (costume design), Tony Award winner Bradley King (lighting design), Tony Award nominee Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz (sound design), three-time Bessie Award winner David Neumann (choreography), Liam Robinson (music direction and vocal arrangements), Michael Chorney, and Todd Sickafoose (arrangements and orchestrations).
“Following two intertwining love stories — that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone —Hadestown invites audiences on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back. Mitchell’s beguiling melodies and Chavkin’s poetic imagination pit nature against industry, faith against doubt, and love against fear. Performed by a vibrant ensemble of actors, dancers, and singers, Hadestown delivers a deeply resonant and defiantly hopeful theatrical experience.”
Anaïs Mitchell conceived Hadestown in 2006 as part of a community theatre project, touring the show through Vermont where it gained a cult following early on. She took the songs and turned them into a concept album. In 2013, Mitchell experienced Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812 off-Broadway and connected with Rachel Chavkin’s directing. She knew she had found the artistic partner who would help her transform Hadestown into a “genre-defying new musical that blends modern American folk music with New Orleans-inspired jazz to reimagine a sweeping ancient tale.”
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.
Photo by Bronwen Sharp.