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Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Anais Mitchell
Publisher: Samuel French (cover image may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 114
Pub. Date: 2021
ISBN-10: 0573708851
ISBN-13: 9780573708855

About the Play:

Winner! Eight 2019 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Orchestrations
Winner! Four 2019 Drama Desk Awards
Winner! Six 2019 Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Outstanding New Broadway Musical
Winner! 2019 Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical

Hadestown is a full-length musical drama with book, music, and lyrics by Anaïs Mitchell based on the ancient Greek myths of Orpheus, Eurydice, Hades, and Persephone. Following two intertwining love stories – one of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and the other of King Hades and his wife Persephone – Anaïs Mitchell's haunting, jazz-inflected folk opera Hadestown invites audiences on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back.

Hadestown is an intriguing and beautiful folk opera that delivers a deeply resonant and defiantly hopeful theatrical experience. Following two intertwining love stories – that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of immortal King Hades and Lady Persephone – Hadestown invites audiences on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back. Inspired by traditions of classic American folk music and vintage New Orleans jazz, Mitchell's beguiling sung-through musical pits industry against nature, doubt against faith, and fear against love.

Hadestown began in Vermont as a DIY community theatre project in 2006 and a studio album in 2010 and has grown into a Tony-and Grammy-award-winning Broadway phenomenon. Hadestown electrified audiences with its 2016 world premiere at New York Theatre Workshop, becoming the longest-running show in that celebrated theatre's 40-year history. The production then received its Canadian premiere at Edmonton's Citadel Theatre in 2017 and then a 2018 sold-out engagement at London's National Theatre. Hadestown opened on Broadway in 2019 at the Walter Kerr Theatre.

Cast: 5 female, 3 male

What people say:

"Sumptuous... Gorgeous... As good as it gets... You wish you could live in the glowy moment forever." — New York Times

"Utterly fabulous... arrives on Broadway with a furnace-like blast of creativity." — The Hollywood Reporter

"A transporting musical hit... Anaïs Mitchell's score is a joyful combination of folk, pop, Dixieland and blues that will make you want to rehear it as soon as the lights come up." — Time Out

"Unforgettable. Simply one of the most exquisite works of musical storytelling I've seen in my more than 25 years as a theater critic. In its supple convergence of story and song, Hadestown represents a step forward for the art form." — Los Angeles Times

"Visionary and ravishing. An intricate and gorgeous feat of songwriting, a vehicle for dynamite performances and a courageous experiment with form, Hadestown is cause for celebration." — New York Magazine

"Heavenly. Haunting. Exquisite." — WNYC (New York Public Radio)

"The songs are gorgeous, the band is hot, and the lyrics are eerily apt for the times." — The New Yorker

"Hadestown feels like something more intuitive, elemental, and finely woven than a traditional musical." — The Guardian (UK)

About the Playwright:

Anaïs Mitchell is a Vermont-based singer-songwriter, and the Tony and Grammy Award-winning creator of the Broadway musical Hadestown. Dubbed by NPR as "one of the greatest songwriters of her generation," she was named to the TIME100 list of the Most Influential People in the World in 2020. She has headlined shows worldwide and supported tours for Bon Iver, Josh Ritter and Punch Brothers, and her music has featured in year-end best lists including NPR, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and The Sunday Times.