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.

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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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R. Kelly Faces New Accusations And Hopefully This Means The End Of His Reign Of Terror

"Surviving R. Kelly" helped to shed light on what was in the shadows for too long and now consequences have been dealt.

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R. Kelly is one of the most prominent R&B; artists of the '80s and '90s. However, his business as an artist is not the main reason his name is now resurfacing. Due to the attention brought on by a documentary, "Surviving R. Kelly", many started realizing what others tried to mention years ago.

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As of February 22, 2019, Robert Sylvester Kelly was charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse.

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In the past, R. Kelly and his team have been able to slip through the grasps of justice. He was acquitted in 2008 for child pornography charges and numerous other incidents throughout the years. This time around, the R&B; artist is being investigated by three different federal law enforcement agencies surrounding evidence, testimonies, and statements made by those involved in the filming of the documentary.

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From The Girl Who Has Always Been The Odd One Out

All I wanted was to be friends and all they wanted was to push me away.

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Hi, I constantly surround myself with women in my life and somehow it always backfires.

So as a little girl I would constantly want to have friends and I would always be the nice girl that always tried to love everyone. Starting in elementary school I remember constantly being told that I cant play with the other girls and was always ran away from.

Being a young human I was very confused why girls never wanted to be my friend, all I ever did was tried to be nice and friendly to them. I even recall one time doing really stupid stuff on the playground for them to like me but it didn't work. I assumed I was always destined to be the odd one out with a good group of girlfriends.

This occurred when I was in dance too, I always tried making friends with everyone on the team but I was always constantly pushed away or thought of as weird because I was too nice. All I wanted was to be friends and all they wanted was to push me away and be rude, making fun of me for things I couldn't control like how skinny I was or my personality.

Going into middle school I remember being terrified of going because I was going from elementary school to middle school with no friends. I became friends with a few but slowly lost them over time because I realized they weren't good people and I didn't want to surround myself with that sort of negativity. This, of course, left me feeling lost and confused as to why I was being so kind and going out of my way to impress and make these girls like me.

There were a few months in the 7th grade that I was alone and had no friends at all, still sitting with my old friends that constantly bullied me and made me feel like shit. I didn't know what to do so I just endured the bullying from these girls that didn't understand me instead of being alone.

In all of my classes I would talk to all of the girls and try to be friends with them but I was pushed aside because they already had their friend group and I wasn't supposed to be part of it. Soon my luck turned around and I reconnected with one of my friends from elementary school and she introduced me to her friends. Those friends, though small are still together to this day 10 years later.

When I went to college I knew that I was going to experience the same thing that I experienced when I was going into middle school and high school. So, I had the brilliant idea to join a sorority because that was smart of me. I thought that since I liked doing community service and I wanted to make new friends that I would join…

The first few days were good, I felt included but very quickly I was again pushed to the side because everyone had now created their friend groups and I tried so hard to become friends with everyone. I had a very few amount of friends within my sorority and I felt like they were only there because they felt sorry for me. Now, I am no longer in the sorority or at the college I originally attended and no longer speak with anyone from there.

I just never fully understood why being a girl in this day and age was so hard for me when all I ever did was be the best person and true self I could be. I was never fake and never tried to be someone I wasn't just so I would be able to fit in. Now, I have my very few friends and I have realized that's all you really need sometimes.

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