Hadestown

Musical

New Work
Writers: Anaïs Mitchell

Overview

Show Information

Conceived By
Category
Musical
Number of Acts
2
Tony Award®
Best Musical 2019
First Produced
2016
Genres
Drama
Settings
Contemporary, Multiple Settings
Time & Place
A Depression-esque world where all struggle to get by, and the hellish factory of Hadestown down below
Cast Size
small
Orchestra Size
Small
Dancing
Some Dance
Ideal for
College/University, Community Theatre, Ensemble Cast, High School, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre, Star Vehicle Female, Star Vehicle Male
Casting Notes

Includes young adult, adult characters

Synopsis

Anaïs Mitchell breathes fresh, new life in classic mythology with her folk musical Hadestown. Orpheus, passionate and talented musician, and Eurydice, an independent and resilient young woman, fall in love at first sight, as though it was--and perhaps is--destined by The Fates. Though neither has much to their name, Orpheus is determined that love will see them through anything. Their love blossoms in spring and flourishes in summer, but is tested when autumn and hardship come. Hardship breeds doubt and difficult choices must be made. When Eurydice unknowingly signs away her soul to Hades, master of the factory Hadestown, Orpheus is prepared to venture to hell and back, armed with nothing but his music and his love, to bring her home once more. Set to Mitchell’s gorgeous folk-rock score, Hadestown tells a poignant, vibrant story of love that manages, even amongst tragedy, to find hope.

Lead Characters