7 Reasons "Hadestown" Will Be Your Next Musical Theatre Obsession

7 Reasons "Hadestown" Will Be Your Next Musical Theatre Obsession

A fresh take on a timeless tale.


On March 22nd, Anaïs Mitchell's first musical, "Hadestown" will begin performances on Broadway. "Hadestown" retells the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, and might just rock Broadway to its core. Here are seven reasons why should get on board for "Hadestown" (and if you can't afford Broadway tickets, the soundtrack is on Spotify).

1. It brings a unique sound to the world of musical theatre

"Hadestown" is the first musical penned by singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell. The "typical" sound you might think of when thinking Broadway doesn't even come close to the styles "Hadestown" employs. "Hadestown" springs mostly from jazz and folk roots, while still drawing inspiration from other genres that give it a truly unique sound in the world of musical theatre.

2. It's directed by Rachel Chavkin

If you know Rachel Chavkin's name, it's probably from her work on "Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812," for which she received one of the rare Tony nominations for directing awarded to female directors. Chavkin's work is unmistakable. She doesn't just take risks, she seeks them out. "Hadestown," like "The Great Comet" stands out visually in a way few shows have the power to.

3. It's intentionally diverse

More musicals in recent years have started casting mostly colorblind (like "The Great Comet") or intentionally seeking out non-white actors ("Hamilton") who have fewer opportunities to get cast on Broadway. "Hadestown" features a cast diverse in ethnicity, gender, and body type, throughout the whole cast, from the leads to the ensemble.

4. Broadway names give the best performance of their careers

Patrick Page (Hades), Amber Gray (Persephone), Reeve Carney (Orpheus), and Eva Noblezada (Eurydice) all have Broadway credits under their belt, but "Hadestown" could be their best roles yet (with possible exception of Noblezada, who won a Tony for her performance in "Miss Saigon").

Page's performance (which features an impressively deepened voice) both humanizes and villainizes Hades, a charismatic tyrant. Gray's Persephone is deeply empathetic and fierce. Carney's Orpheus is a perfect poet, lost in his own world, but with a voice that could change the world. And Noblezada's Eurydice has agency she was never granted in the mythology, conflicted, longing, and unbearably tragic.

5. The supporting cast features some of your favorite mythical characters

Ever wondered what the fates would sound like in musical form? Really, really good. These three women often offer cynical advice, depressing prophecies, and spine-chilling harmonies.

Even more of a standout is the character of Hermes, played by Andre De Shields. Hermes acts as a narrator character within the narrative, bridging the boundary between the world of the living and Hadestown itself. He's playful, instigating, and introspective. Hermes offers some of the most profound opinions of humanity in the show.

6. The contrast of new love and ancient love

In "Hadestown," we see the destruction of Orpheus and Eurydice, young human lovers, as well as the ancient and nearly disintegrated love of Hades and Persephone. The young lovers are tragic, as they can't live without each other but can't trust each other enough to stay together. Hades and Persephone are volatile, a roller coaster ride filled with both passion and venom for one another, but only their relationship is given a glimmer of hope.

7. It's both timeless and timely

Greek myths continue to be loved today because of their universal themes. But Chavkin and Mitchell have set "Hadestown" in a fantasy based strongly on our world. Hades is a "big boss" figure of 1930s depression. Eurydice is starving, and Hades convinces her to give up her life, willingly, to come to Hadestown, promising security. But all Hadestown promises is overtime--overtime working on a wall to keep out all who seek the same shelter.

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How To Stop Being The Toxic Person That You Would Normally Cut Out Of Your Own Life

It's so much easier to pin a problem on someone else than it is to look deep within yourself and take responsibility for the things that you've done. But that's all part of growing up.


I'm sure you've heard it before...

"Cut someone out of your life if they negatively impact your mental health."

"You need to cut off friends, family, anyone that is bad for you and your future."

"You will be so much better off once _____ is gone from your life."

At this point in your life, you've probably cut off one or more people who you believed weren't good for you. You were prioritizing yourself, and that meant letting go of someone, regardless of the memories, bond, and love that you had for them. It was probably difficult, but somewhere down the line, you knew that you did what was best for you. And you stood by that decision.

But how many times have you been the problem?

How many times have you sat down and took the time to analyze a situation, only to come to the conclusion that YOU'RE the one that's messing up? And that if you changed x, y, and z, you could save or help your relationship with your friend, family member, or significant other.

Probably not very often.

It's so much easier to pin a problem on someone else than it is to look deep within yourself and take responsibility for the things that you've done. But that's all part of growing up. At some point, I hope you realize that you weren't so perfect either, after all. And when you do, this is what I want you to think about:

We all go through different phases of our lives, and it's okay to understand and acknowledge that this phase doesn't represent the best version of yourself. Character development isn't a strict upward slope, where you start off being a shitty, underdeveloped, immature person, but then progress into being an angel. There are going to be ups and downs. There are going to be moments where you're really disappointed in yourself, and can't believe that you let yourself slip up to that degree. We all have flaws, we all make mistakes. But also all have so much potential.

As long as you're willing to put in the effort to change (because everyone around you deserves that), then you're on the right track. And I'm proud of you for having the emotional maturity to self reflect and be better. That's the first step.

And the next step is going to involve putting everything you're saying into practice. I can't promise you that it's going to be easy. And I can't promise you that you're going to drastically permanently change overnight. If I did, I would be lying. But what I can promise you is that everything you're going to do will be worth it in the long run. I hope that's enough of a reason to dig deep for a new you.

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Behind The Lyrics: 'Enjoy Your Life' By MARINA

As simple as it may seem to "enjoy your life", many need remindeers every now and then. The song "Enjoy Your Life" by MARINA serves as a reminder to listeners to fully embrace your life and enjoy the ups and downs of life.


In the song "Enjoy Your Life" by MARINA, there are many uplifting themes reflected. For many, the song serves as a reminder to enjoy the simple things in life. Music can be very therapeutic and is something many people use to cope throughout their day-to-day. In the son "Enjoy Your Life", MARINA tackles the issues of pressure and stress we feel every day and encourages the listener to put aside their worries and enjoy their life. The song has become an anthem for happiness and gratefulness. In life, there will always be ups and downs, life will always be a balance between the two. The song promotes to the listener to accept this balance and embrace it. The song encourages a positive outlook on life and can be very beneficial for listeners who are having a hard time feeling positive. In this article, I will break down the lyrics and their meaning.

1. Verse 1

"I, I know
You've been feeling stuck, feeling low
You can't see
How good this life can be"

The opening verse addresses the listener and opens up a conversation about how your mindset can affect you. Many times it's common we get stuck in a bad mindset, whether we are always worrying or complaining about our day to day or things that stress us out.

2. Pre-Chorus

"Looking to the future like it's gonna make you happy
Save you from reality, yeah, yeah
Imagining the worst like it's gonna end so badly, yeah, yeah"

Many times it's common we worry about the future. Whether its upcoming deadlines or events coming up, we always find something to worry about. Sometimes this obsessive behavior can become toxic. Sometimes this worry can become anxiety of the future and can lead one to imagine the worst.

3. Chorus

"Sit back and enjoy your problems (Uh)
You don't always have to solve them (Yeah)
'Cause your worst days, they are over
So enjoy your life
Yeah, you might as well accept it (Uh)
Don't you waste your time regretting (Yeah)
'Cause your worst days, they are over
So enjoy your life"

The chorus begins by encouraging the listener to enjoy your problems, which sounds strange to hear. Usually, when faced with problems we don't ever really enjoy it, instead, we may feel down or complain. This phrase as mentioned in an interview with MARINA serves as a reminder to be happy and enjoy your life and everything that comes with it. The chorus encourages the listener to enjoy life and not stress over your problems because you may end wishing you didn't always spend so much time worrying or trying to fix your problems in life. Simply put, the chorus's message is to enjoy your life.

4. Verse 2

"Sun comes up
Your eyes they see clear
Take one breath
Your worries start to disappear"

In the second verse, MARINA uses the sunrise as a symbol for new hope each day, and how each day is a new start. This symbol is reflective to the lyrics "The sun will rise, and we will try again", from the song "Truce" by Twenty One Pilots; who similarly use the sunrise as a new hope and a new beginning to keep trying.

5. Bridge

"When we're down low
Everybody's moving 'round in slo-mo
Never think we'll get out of this black hole
But you're not living in this world alone, alone"

When you feel sad or depressed, it's not uncommon to feel alone or feel like no one else is going through what you are going through. For those with depression, it can feel like you are stuck feeling depressed and it can feel like no one else around you would ever understand the feeling. In this part of the song, MARINA reaches out to the listener to encourage them that you're not alone in your struggle.

6. Outro

"So enjoy your life (Uh, ooh-ooh)
So enjoy your life (Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh)
So enjoy your life"

The song wraps up the message and reminds the listener once more to enjoy your life.

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