Hadestown is Anaïs’ sung-through musical based on Greek mythology. Developed over the course of more than a dozen years, Hadestown has evolved from a DIY community theater project in Vermont, to a studio album and live concert tour, to pre-Broadway productions in New York, Edmonton, and London, to its current home on Broadway. The show has been recorded as a Live Original (off-Broadway) Cast Recording and an Original Broadway Cast Recording.
Hadestown is currently playing at the Walter Kerr Theatre.
THE HADESTOWN JOURNEY
The Walter Kerr Theatre, Broadway
Photo credit: Matthew Murphy
Hadestown received its Broadway Premiere on April 17th, 2019 at the Walter Kerr Theatre. CAST: ORPHEUS: Reeve Carney; EURYDICE: Eva Noblezada; PERSEPHONE: Amber Gray; HADES: Patrick Page; HERMES: Andre De Shields; FATES: Jewelle Blackman, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Kay Trinidad; WORKERS CHORUS: Afra Hines, Timothy Hughes, John Krause, Kimberly Marable, Ahmad Simmons. BAND: Liam Robinson, Dana Lyn, Marika Hughes, Michael Chorney, Brian Drye, Robinson Morse, Ben Perowsky.
National Theatre, London, 2018/2019
Photo credit: Helen Maybanks
Hadestown received its UK Premiere on November 13th, 2018 at the Royal National Theatre, London. Artistic Director: Rufus Norris. CAST: ORPHEUS: Reeve Carney; EURYDICE: Eva Noblezada; PERSEPHONE: Amber Gray; HADES: Patrick Page; HERMES: Andre De Shields; FATES: Rosie Fletcher, Carly Mercedes-Dyer, Gloria Onitiri; WORKERS CHORUS: Sharif Afifi, Beth Hinton-Lever, Seyi Omooba, Aiesha Pease, Joseph Prouse, Jordan Shaw, Shaq Taylor. BAND: Nathanial Cross, Nicki Davenport, David Delarre, Mike Guy, David Kadumakasa, Ros Stephen, Brad Webb.
The Citadel Theatre, Edmonton, 2017
Hadestown received its Canadian Premiere at the Citadel Theatre, Edmonton, on November 16th, 2017. Artistic Director: Daryl Cloran. Executive Director: Penny Ritco. CAST: ORPHEUS: Reeve Carney; EURYDICE: T.V. Carpio; PERSEPHONE: Amber Gray; HADES: Patrick Page; HERMES: Kingsley Leggs; FATES: Jewelle Blackman (Fate), Kira Guloien, Evangelina Kambites, WORKERS CHORUS: Vance Avery, Andrew Broderick, Tara Jackson, Hal Wesley Rogers; BAND: Liam Robinson, Jim Cockell, Jim Head, Joel Jeschke, Audrey Ochoa, Aretha Raquel Tillotson, Ian Woodman.
New York Theatre Workshop, 2016
Photo credit: Helen Maybanks
Hadestown received its World Premiere at New York Theatre Workshop on May 23rd, 2016. Artistic Director: Jim Nicola; Managing Director: Jeremy Blocker. CAST: ORPHEUS: Damon Daunno; EURYDICE: Nabiyah Be; PERSEPHONE: Amber Gray; HADES: Patrick Page; HERMES: Chris Sullivan; FATES: Lulu Fall, Jessie Shelton, Shaina Taub; BAND: Liam Robinson, Michael Chorney, Brian Drye, Marika Hughes, Dana Lyn, Robinson Morse and Ben Perowsky.
Hadestown began in 2006-2007 as a DIY community theater project in the state of Vermont. The creative team included primary arranger/orchestrator Michael Chorney and original director/designer Ben t. Matchstick, and the cast and crew were all local Vermont artists. The early shows were made possible in part by grants from the Vermont Community Foundation, the Vermont Arts Council, producing partner Higher Ground Music, and many individual supporters.
In 2010 a studio record of Hadestown was released by Righteous Babe Records. Anais worked with producer and co-arranger/orchestrator Todd Sickafoose on the album, which featured guest vocalists Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) as Orpheus, Ani Difranco as Persephone, Greg Brown as Hades, Ben Knox Miller (the Low Anthem) as Hermes, and the Haden Triplets as the Fates. For several years Anais, Michael Chorney, and the Hadestown Orchestra performed with guest singers in different cities in the USA, UK, and Canada to present concert versions of the show.
In 2013 Anais began the process of expanding and adapting the work into a full-length professional theatrical production. She worked closely with director Rachel Chavkin, dramaturg Ken Cerniglia, and producers Mara Isaacs and Dale Franzen, workshopping the piece multiple times. Anais’ long-term collaborators Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose continued their association with Anais as the Arrangers/Orchestrators for the show, and more creatives joined the team as the show began to take life; Music Direction and Vocal Arrangements are by Liam Robinson; Set Design by Rachel Hauck; Costumes by Michael Krass; Lighting Design by Bradley King and Sound by Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz. Producers Hunter Arnold and Tom Kirdahy joined the team in 2017.
Hadestown was developed with funding from the Eli and Edythe Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Centre. Additional development by New York Stage and Film Company and The Ground Floor at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Hadestown was selected by a jury of the American Academy of Arts and Letters to receive the Richard Rodgers Award in 2016. Hadestown was co-conceived by Ben t. Matchstick.