Way Down to Hadestown

Today, Hadestown ended its brilliant extended run down a the New York Theatre Workshop. The show is absolutely beautiful. From the first moments when Lulu Fall, Jessie Shelton, and Erica Sweany enter the stage with their lanterns and open their mouths, each Fate with their own beautiful, soulful voice, that all blend together perfectly, I just knew I was in for a treat. Nabiyah Be is a star in the making, and it’s refreshing to see a black lead for a role that doesn’t call for a black actress, and instead is just a fantastic voice and brings a gentle spirit to Eurydice. As Orpheus, Damon Daunno is the perfect mix of adorable, affable, and charming, and is given the sweetest lyrics that would make anyone fall in love with his lovable artist with a goofball grin. Amber Gray was so captivating and magnetic as Persephone, and Patrick Page has the perfect deep voice as a sinister and tantalizing Hades. Rounding out the cast, Matt Saldivar as the narrator looks like a badass Mark Ballas who manages to break your heart by the end of the show. All in all, the show is perfectly cast with a group of phenomenal voices that perfectly blend in Anais Mitchell’s score. The music was fantastic, catchy, eclectic, soulful, and beautiful and is one of the best scores I’ve heard in awhile. And under Rachel Chavkin’s direction, the movement of the show worked so well in NYTW’s space and the show felt organically diverse.

Despite knowing the outcome of Orpheus and Eurydice, Hadestown still manages to be a moving, thoughtful show on the price of love, artistry, and power. I am anxiously awaiting the cast album to be released, but I couldn’t let the run end without shouting my praise for the show out into the universe!

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