“HADESTOWN” TO OPEN ON BROADWAY APRIL 17, 2019 AT THE WALTER KERR THEATRE
Press Contact for Hadestown at the National Theatre:
020 7452 3231
FOR RELEASE ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2018
TO PLAY BROADWAY’S WALTER KERR THEATRE
FOLLOWING WIDESPREAD ACCLAIM
AT LONDON’S NATIONAL THEATRE
NEW MUSICAL BY ANAÏS MITCHELL,
DIRECTED BY RACHEL CHAVKIN
TO BEGIN PREVIEWS FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2019
FOR A WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2019 OPENING NIGHT
New York, NY (November 27, 2018) – Producers Mara Isaacs, Dale Franzen, Hunter Arnold, and Tom Kirdahy announced today that Hadestown, the new musical by celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell, developed with visionary director and Tony Award® nominee Rachel Chavkin, will transfer this spring to Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48th Street).
Preview performances for Hadestown will begin Friday, March 22 ahead of a Wednesday, April 17 official opening night. Casting and ticketing information for the Broadway production will be announced shortly.
“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.”
Hadestown originated in 2006 as Mitchell’s community theater project that traveled Vermont before gaining a cult following when she turned the songs into an acclaimed album which was called “far and away one of the best records of 2010” (Sunday Times of London). In 2013, Mitchell saw Chavkin’s celebrated Off-Broadway production of Natasha, Pierre, and The Great Comet of 1812, and knew she had found her artistic partner. Together, the two women have transformed Hadestown into a genre-defying new musical that blends modern American folk music with New Orleans-inspired jazz to reimagine a sweeping ancient tale.
Hadestown electrified audiences with its 2016 world premiere at New York Theatre Workshop before receiving its Canadian premiere at Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre in 2017. The National Theatre provided further development to Hadestown in London and the show is currently playing at the National’s Olivier Theatre through Saturday, January 26, 2019, before it’s eagerly anticipated Broadway debut.
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.
Welcome to the intriguing and beautiful world of “your next musical theater obsession” (Vogue).
The creative team for Broadway will feature 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), Bessie Award® winner David Neumann (choreography), Liam Robinson (music direction and vocal arrangements), Michael Chorney, Todd Sickafoose (arrangements and orchestrations), Ken Cerniglia (dramaturgy), and Stewart/Whitley (casting).
Hadestown was developed with funding from the Eli and Edythe Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center and was further developed by The Ground Floor at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Hadestown was co-conceived by Ben t. Matchstick.
The Hadestown live original cast recording is available in stores and digitally. For more information on where to get the album and to sign up for email updates for Hadestown, please visit http://www.hadestown.com/.
LONDON ACCLAIM FOR “HADESTOWN”
“Defiantly original! Anaïs Mitchell and Rachel Chavkin give us a haunting musical feast full of folksy melancholy and heartache, yet also packed with gospel, dirty funk, and New Orleans jazz. It manages to sound seductively hushed one moment and rollicking the next.”
The Evening Standard
“Hadestown is a phenomenon! Midway through the show, I had already made a mental list of friends I must text after, telling them how much they’ll love this dazzling party. You’ll struggle to find more joy in a musical this year.”
“A big, bluesy, blow-out of a show! Anaïs Mitchell’s infectious score is astonishingly prophetic and profound with ear-catchingly good lyrics. This good-time show sends a message that maybe, just maybe, art, story, and song can make a real difference. Hadestown preaches there’s a defiance in daring to dream and hope.”
“Rachel Chavkin’s beautiful production delivers the heart-stopping goods. Anaïs Mitchell gives us a bumper pack of joint-is-jumping songs that does the soul good.”
The Daily Telegraph
“A stunning new take on the brilliantly tragic love story. Hadestown is myth agelessly reincarnated in Rachel Chavkin’s rich and often stunning production.”
“Hadestown is a glorious, joyous, thrilling new musical that is brilliantly staged. David Neumann’s choreography gives everything a surging sense of perpetual motion.”
OTHER ACCLAIM FOR “HADESTOWN”
“Anaïs Mitchell’s beguiling score is gorgeously sung. Under the inventive direction of Rachel Chavkin, Hadestown made me sit up in my chair, and wrap my jacket tightly around me to shake off the goose bumps.”
The New York Times, Critic’s Pick
“Hadestown is your next musical theater obsession! It is boisterous, haunting, thought-provoking, and, above all, majorly enjoyable.”
“Director Rachel Chavkin’s stunning production of Anaïs Mitchell’s ravishing and spell-binding work, for a while, makes the whole world forgets its troubles.”
“Anaïs Mitchell’s stunning, beautiful score uses new musical beats to make old stories feel brand new, while Rachel Chavkin creates heart-thumping moments that make the audience gasp. The musical’s creative storytelling and staging comes across with the same lightning bolt of freshness and excitement that surrounded the early days of Hamilton.”
The Daily Beast
“A sensory feast! Mitchell’s music fills the theater with soaring harmonies and brilliant lyrics. Hadestown fascinatingly blends ancient myth with modern sensibility – and a rich topper of New Orleans jazz.”
Time Out New York
“You feel like you’ve just stepped onto Bourbon Street! Rachel Chavkin’s direction creates magnificent stage pictures while Anaïs Mitchell proves herself a master of jazz, blues, and ragtime. Broadway take note.”
“Hadestown generates real romantic sparks with an endlessly inventive and eclectic score by Anaïs Mitchell, full of relentless energy. Rachel Chavkin’s enthralling environmental staging should draw hordes of younger theatergoers.”
The Hollywood Reporter
“Anaïs Mitchell and Rachel Chavkin have created a Hadestown you won’t want to leave. Their delightful collaboration infuses the familiar Greek legend with exuberant, memorable songs, sharp-edged commentary, and a complex meditation on love.”
The Village Voice
“Good luck trying to get Anaïs Mitchell’s infectious, down-and-dirty melodies out of your head. You feel as if you’ve slipped into a wormhole and landed in a New Orleans jazz joint circa the 1920s.”
“You won’t want to miss it!”
The Globe & Mail
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