BWW Flashback: Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada, Patrick Page and Company's Road to HADESTOWN
Getting to Know The Cast and Creator of Hadestown
Hadestown follows two intertwining love stories - that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone - as it invites audiences on an epic journey to the underworld and back. Anaïs Mitchell's beguiling melodies and Rachel Chavkin's poetic imagination pit nature against industry, faith against doubt, and love against fear. Performed by a vibrant ensemble of actors, dancers and singers, Hadestown delivers a deeply resonant and defiantly hopeful theatrical experience.
The exciting opening has many wondering more about the creative team and cast, so read further to change all you've ever known.
Hadestown began as a DIY-community theater project in Vermont that gathered a cult following, leading to a studio album written and performed by Mitchell. The musical had its professional world premiere at New York Theatre Workshop in summer of 2016, with direction by Rachel Chavkin. Three years later after tryout productions in Canada and London, Mitchell and Chavkin both are able to revel in the joy of their newly opened show.
Hadestown marks Reeve Carney's return to Broadway after his debut in Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, in which he played the title role for three years. After a recurring role on Penny Dreadful and playing Taylor Swift's love interest in her music video, Carney returned to the stage when Hadestown made its Canadian premiere in Edmonton, traveling with it to London and all the way to Broadway.
André De Shields
André De Shields is perhaps best known for his iconic voice and originating the title character in The Wiz. He went on to receive Tony nominations for his performances in Play On! and The Full Monty. He was last seen on Broadway a decade ago in Impressionism, making Hadestown, which he joined in London, his long awaited return.
Amber Gray's most notable role prior to Hadestown was as Hélène Kuragina in Natasha, Pierre, & the Great Comet of 1812, a role she originated in both Off-Broadway productions as well as the Broadway transfer. Just like The Great Comet, Gray originated the role of Persephone in Hadestown in its 2016 Off-Broadway premiere as well as the two tryout productions before landing on Broadway.
Fresh out of high school, Eva Noblezada was discovered at the 2013 Jimmy Awards which led to her being cast in the 2014 London revival of Miss Saigon as the young heroine, Kim. When the revival transferred to Broadway, she came along too, earning a Tony nomination for her performance. She returned to London, joining the company of Hadestown and coming with the show to Broadway.
Patrick Page's voice is like no other, leading to him be cast as some of the most antagonistic roles in his 25 years on Broadway, including Scar in The Lion King, The Grinch and The Green Goblin in Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark (which also starred Reeve Carney). His turn as the God of the Underworld in Hadestown marks his 15th show on Broadway. Page has played the role of Hades in every incarnation of Hadestown, starting at New York Theatre Workshop.