TIME premieres new song Bright Star
TIME has premiered brand new song 'Bright Star' as part of their TIME100 Talks. Check it out here
Band: Josh Kaufman (guitar) JT Bates (drums and percussion), Michael Lewis (bass)
Video By: Human Being Media / Director: Jay Sansone / Producer: M.J.Geier
Videographers: Ari Miller and Gus Thorton / Field Producer: Joe Cohen
Headlining US Tour 2022
Anaïs will be on tour in January and February 2022. She'll be performing with a band (including JT Bates on drums and Michael Lewis on bass), and will play brand new music alongside older favourites. Bonny Light Horseman will open! All dates in the Tour section.
ANAIS FEATURED ON BIG RED MACHINE ALBUM
Anais co-wrote and features on three songs on Big Red Machine's album "How Long Do You Think It's Gonna Last?". Big Red Machine is comprised of Aaron Dessner (The National) and Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), and the album also includes features by Fleet Foxes, Taylor Swift, Ben Howard, Lisa Hannigan and Sharon Van Etten.
BONNY LIGHT HORSEMAN NOMINATED FOR TWO GRAMMYS
Anais' folk band Bonny Light Horseman are nominated for two Grammys - Best Folk Album and Best American Roots Performance (for 'Deep in Love'). Anais says: "So grateful for this music and everyone who helped us make it / release it into the world. Also the other artists in this category are 🔥🔥🔥"
ANAÏS NAMED TO THE TIME100 LIST
TIME has named Anaïs to their annual TIME100 list. Now in its seventeenth year, the list recognizes the activism, innovation and achievement of the 100 most influential people in the world. You can see the feature on Anais here, and the full list is published at time.com/time100.
Anais says: What a mind-bending honor to be included in this list! To me it means that our collective sense of what “influence” looks and sounds like is changing. Grateful, humbled, full of wonder. Everything is possible. Everybody please vote! xoa
PLUME / PENGUIN TO PUBLISH ANAIS' BOOK ON 6th OCTOBER
'Working on a Song', Anais' book about the writing - and rewriting - of the lyrics of Hadestown will be published by Plume on October 6th 2020. Anais describes the work of writing the lyrics as "a mysterious dozen year process I still don't understand". The book takes readers inside Anais' journey, sharing anecdotes and stories, and breaking down the lyrics; and we're honored that Steve Earle has written the foreword.
HADESTOWN STAGE LICENSING RIGHTS ACQUIRED BY CONCORD THEATRICALS
We're excited to announce that Concord Theatricals will be handling worldwide stage licensing rights for Hadestown. The show began as a small-town DIY community theater project, and we're thrilled for it to return to people-powered theatres all over the world in future. A licensing timeline will be announced at a later date.
HADESTOWN WINS A GRAMMY
Hadestown won the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album at last night's ceremony at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. We are thrilled and honoured. Anaïs finished up her speech by quoting some long-lost lyrics that never made it into the show: “Orpheus was a poor boy but he had a gift to give us / there was one song he was working on he could never seem to finish / a song about this broken world, that he rewrote again and again / as though if he could find the words, he could fix the world with them.”
ANAIS' FOLK BAND BONNY LIGHT HORSEMAN ANNOUNCE ALBUM, TOUR
The debut album of Bonny Light Horseman, the band featuring Anaïs, Eric D. Johnson (Fruit Bats) and Josh Kaufman, will be released on the 37d30d label on January 24th 2020. It's available to pre-order on limited edition blue vinyl, standard black vinyl, and CD, from the band's shop. The band also announced new track 'Deep in Love', as well as an early 2020 tour.
8 TONY AWARDS FOR HADESTOWN!
We are over the moon that Hadestown won 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical at the ceremony at Radio City Music Hall, New York, on June 9th 2019. The other awards were: Best Score (Anais Mitchell), Best Direction (Rachel Chavkin), Best Featured Actor (Andre de Shields), Best Orchestrations, (Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose) Best Scenic Design (Rachel Hauck), Best Lighting Design (Bradley King) and Best Sound Design (Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz).
HADESTOWN ENDS A SPECTACULAR RUN AT THE NATIONAL THEATRE, LONDON
Heartfelt gratitude to the whole company of Hadestown - both on-stage, and off - and to the National Theatre who provided such a wonderful home in London for the show over the past few months. Thank you also to the audiences who have shared this with us. Next stop: Broadway!
BROADWAY, WE'RE COMING!
Dear friends, what can I say? A dream comes true today. The crazy amount of work it’s taken to get here, on the part of so many people over so many years, does not make it feel any less miraculous. Hadestown is going to Broadway! The journey underground starts March 22nd 2019 at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Wondrous love, and gratitude, xoanais
SPECIAL ONE-OFF CONCERT AT LONDON'S NATIONAL THEATRE
Anais will play a special one-off gig at the National Theatre on October 28th at 8pm, just a few days before her Hadestown musical begins its run there. It will be her only concert this year, as she’ll be hunkered down in London to prepare for the show’s opening. For the gig, she’ll be accompanied by Hadestown Orchestrator/Arrangers Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose (guitar; upright bass), and Musical Director/Vocal Arranger Robinson (piano). The gig will be ‘in the round’ at the Dorfman theatre, so some seating will be behind the stage, some at the side, and some at the front, with tickets priced to reflect this. Tickets will be limited to two per transaction, and are on sale now.
HADESTOWN COMING TO THE NATIONAL THEATRE, LONDON
We are thrilled to announce that HADESTOWN will come to London's beautiful National Theatre in November 2018 for a three month run ahead of its transfer to Broadway in 2019. We are grateful, excited, and hard at work! More info here.
HADESTOWN CAST ALBUM AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER
The HADESTOWN cast album, recorded live at New York Theatre Workshop last year, will be released on October 6th 2017 on Warner Records. It's available now to pre-order on Amazon. We're extremely proud of how it sounds, and so grateful to the epic cast, band, creative & producing teams that made it happen!..
MORE NOMINATIONS FOR HADESTOWN INCLUDING DRAMA DESK AWARDS
HADESTOWN is continuing to rack up award nominations. The Drama Desk Awards have announced that the show is nominated for Outstanding Musical. HADESTOWN is also nominated for a Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or off-Broadway Musical; the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New off-Broadway Musical; and the off-Broadway Alliance Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or off-Broadway Musical.
HADESTOWN NOMINATED FOR 7 LUCILLE LORTEL AWARDS
Delighted to announce that HADESTOWN has been nominated for 7 Lucille Lortel Awards including Outstanding Musical. Other nominations are: Outstanding Lead Actor (Patrick Page - Hades), Outstanding Lead Actress (Amber Gray - Persephone), Outstanding Featured Actor (Chris Sullivan - Hermes), Outstanding Choreographer (David Neumann), Outstanding Scenic Design (Rachel Hauck) and Outstanding Sound Design (Rob Kaplowitz).
NEW TOUR DATES JUST ANNOUNCED
Anais will be playing a handful of shows around the North East and Colorado over the coming weeks. At the end of March, she'll play two shows at New York's Iridium as part of their celebration of Women's History Month. She'll then perform at Petit Campus (Montreal), Chandler Arts (Randolph VT) with Sam Amidon, and then open for Patty Griffin at her Austin City Limits show on April 8th. Later in April, Anais performs in Colorado (Fort Collins, Lyons, Colorado Springs and Denver) with Joe Pug. For full dates and info, visit the Tour page.
HADESTOWN ORIGINAL LIVE CAST EP OUT NOW!
We're excited to announce that the ‘Why We Build the Wall’ EP is out now! It features four songs taken from the Live Original Cast Recording that will be released as an album next year. The songs were all recorded during the New York Theatre Workshop presentation of Hadestown. Tracklist: Way Down Hadestown, Why We Build the Wall, All I’ve Ever Known and Wait For Me. You can buy or stream it and you can watch the video for Why We Build the Wall HERE.
ANAIS ON FALLON WITH BON IVER
Anais recently sang as part of Bon Iver’s backing choir on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, alongside the Staves, Gordi and Buke & Gase. Read about it and watch the video HERE.
FALL TOUR OF THE US AND UK
Anais goes back on the road this fall, starting in September in the eastern states, and then heading over to the UK in November. All dates are in the tour section. She’ll also play a residency at the Rockwood, New York, every Monday throughout September. Each show will feature different special guests and collaborations!
The New York Theatre Workshop run of ‘Hadestown’ closed on July 31st 2016 after a twelve week sold-out run. Thanks to everyone who came! We’re delighted at how well-received the show was and we’re working on bringing it to a new stage soon. There’s also a cast album in the works which we’ll release more info about in the coming weeks.
“Inventive. Beguiling. Luminous. Spellbinding” New York Times (Critics Pick)
“Hadestown will be your new theater obsession” Vogue
“Hadestown is something special, a sensory feast.” Time Out New York (Critics Pick)
“The music is the thing in this exhileratingly staged and performed sung-through show. Endlessly inventive and eclectic.” The Hollywood Reporter
“Stunning. Ravishing. Mesmerizing. Mitchell’s music is a feast of styles.” Variety
“Mitchell and Chavkin have created a Hadestown you’ll want to visit: a rich world of mythic personalities and memorable music” Village Voice
“Heavenly” The New Yorker
HADESTOWN NYC TICKETS ON SALE THROUGH JULY 31
We’re thrilled that tickets are now on general sale for the Off-Broadway production of HADESTOWN at New York Theatre Workshop. Based on the acclaimed album, the new stage adaptation has been a decade in the making for Anais and her collaborators. It opened on May 23rd, 2016 and has been extended through July 31st. Tickets are available from www.nytw.org
‘XOA’ IS RELEASED TO CRITICAL ACCLAIM
Anais' newest album ‘xoa’ is out now and has been receiving wonderful reviews. National newspapers in the UK including The Financial Times, Telegraph and Independent on Sunday all awarded the album 4 stars. The Boston Globe interviewed Anais about the making of the album, which you can read here.
ANAIS ON TOUR WITH PATTY GRIFFIN AND SARA WATKINS
Anais will be joining Patty Griffin and Sara Watkins on the 7 week long ‘Use Your Voice’ tour in partnership with the League of Women Voters in early 2016. The tour kicks off on February 12th in Florida and continues through to April, taking in 38 cities along the way.
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