Fans of the musical Hadestown will be excited to hear that the eagerly-anticipated show will make its journey to Broadway this spring following widespread acclaim at London’s National Theatre. The piece, written by Anaïs Mitchell (music, lyrics and book) will open at Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theatre on April 17, 2019 following a preview period that will commence on March 22. Rachel Chavkin, who directed Natasha, Pierre, and The Great Comet of 1812 to critical acclaim, will also helm Hadestown. Casting will be announced at a later date.
“The genius of Anaïs Mitchell’s work in Hadestown is that she takes a myth as old as time and gives it a new life so vibrant and relevant that audiences hold their breath, waiting to see how this timeless tale will unfold,” producer Mara Isaacs said. “Rachel Chavkin and the entire creative team have created a pulse-racing world for Anaïs’ joyous and haunting score to live. As we prepare for Broadway, I’m thrilled for New York audiences to see this entirely new production, a raucous and electrifying celebration that is truly a show for our times.”
The creative team for Hadestown’s Broadway berth will include Rachel Hauck (set design), Michael Krass (costume design), Bradley King (lighting design), Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz (sound design), and David Neumann (choreography).
“Hadestown follows two intertwining love stories — that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone — as it invites audiences on an epic 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, and 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.”
In 2016, Hadestown had its world premiere at New York Theatre Workshop, where ecstatic audiences embraced the piece immediately. From there, the show enjoyed a Canadian premiere at Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre in 2017. The National Theatre provided further development to Hadestown in London where the show is currently playing at the National’s Olivier Theatre through Saturday, January 26, 2019, before its eagerly anticipated Broadway debut.
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.