It’s been 4 months since my last trip to the underworld, so I was overdue for another visit! Hadestown is a show I always enjoy seeing, even if I don’t see it that often.
I’m going to try and be as honest and open in my reviews as I can. Please note these are my personal opinions and I’m always open to discussions!
Show Name: Hadestown
Show Type: Musical
Location: Walter Kerr Theatre, NYC
Date Seen: Wednesday, November 9, 2022
The theme of Hadestown is best represented in these lyrics:
To know how it ends
As if it might turn out this time
And I truly love that. I love how the story of Hadestown comes full circle from the beginning of the story to the end.
If you don’t know the story of Hadestown, spoiler, just look to Greek mythology. This is the story of Orpheus and Eurydice with Hades and Persephone and Hermes, the Fates, and a Chorus as well.
For this performance we had an understudy for Orpheus – Sayo Oni! I’ve never seen an understudy for Orpheus before so I was really excited about this and Sayo did not disappoint. He was an incredible Orpheus and sang beautifully. I’m so glad I was able to see him, highly recommend if you ever get the chance!
This was my 5th time seeing Hadestown so while I love the dynamic of real life couple Reeve Carney as Orpheus and Eva Noblezada as Eurydice, I really enjoyed see a different actor in the role of Orpheus.
We also had a Hermes understudy – Max Kumangai was playing the role and he was a fantastic Hermes. His voice and acting were both so good. I had really hoped to see Lillias White as Miss Hermes, the first woman to play the role, but its okay, I can go back and see her anytime. You never know when a swing will be on so I’m happy I had the unexpected chance to catch Max Kumangai in the Hermes role instead. I know I’ll be back to Hadestown again sooner rather than later.
Eva Noblezada has such an incredible voice, if you ever get the chance to see her perform live, please do! I don’t know how she does it night after night but she has one of the best voices I’ve heard on Broadway. (Do not @ me.)
The holidays are “red bucket season” at Broadway theaters, meaning it’s the time to donate to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Shows typically offer signed posters, playbills, or other memorabilia for a donation to BCEFA, or you can donate as little or as much as you want into the red buckets held by staff as you exit the building (and they now take card too)! After bows on this night, Eva made the speech and this show also offered flowers made by Orpheus during the show, signed by that nights Orpheus! That’s a pretty cool piece of the show to take home with you for a donation to a good cause.
Really enjoyed seeing Hadestown again and I’m hoping to go back in December to see Patrick Page as Hades one last time before he departs on December 30th.