By Anaïs Mitchell

Developed with and directed by Rachel Chavkin

"HADESTOWN will be your next musical theater obsession."   —VOGUE

Hadestown is a musical like no other. Defying genre, it mixes folk, jazz, blues and Americana into a sweeping ancient tale, reimagined.

With Hadestown, celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and inventive two-time Obie award-winning director Rachel Chavkin (Three Pianos; Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812) transform Mitchell’s phenomenal concept album into a bold new work for the stage. This new musical follows Orpheus’ mythical quest to overcome Hades and regain the favor of his one true love, Eurydice. Together we travel from wide open plains where love and music are not enough nourishment to survive the winter, down to Hadestown, an industrialized world of mindless labor. Inspired by traditions of classic American folk music and vintage New Orleans jazz, Mitchell’s beguiling melodies and poetic imagination pit nature against industry, faith against doubt, and love against death.

Hadestown premiered at New York Theatre Workshop in May 2016, where it played to critical acclaim and sold-houses.  A live cast recording is forthcoming from Warner Music Group.  

Edmonton's Citadel Theatre will stage the next production of Hadestown in November 2017.

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