Meet the Cast of HADESTOWN- Now in Previews!
Hadestown originated in 2006 as Mitchell's community theater project that traveled Vermont before gaining a cult following when she turned the songs into an acclaimed album which was called "far and away one of the best records of 2010" (Sunday Times of London). In 2013, Mitchell saw Chavkin's celebrated Off-Broadway production of Natasha, Pierre, and The Great Comet of 1812, and knew she had found her artistic partner. Together, the two women have transformed Hadestown into a genre-defying new musical that blends modern American folk music with New Orleans-inspired jazz to reimagine a sweeping ancient tale.
Hadestown electrified audiences with its 2016 world premiere at New York Theatre Workshop before receiving its Canadian premiere at Edmonton's Citadel Theatre in 2017. The National Theatre provided further development to Hadestown in London and the show is currently playing at the National's Olivier Theatre through Saturday, January 26, 2019, before it's eagerly anticipated Broadway debut.
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. Mitchell's beguiling melodies and 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.
Get to know the cast below as they begin Broadway performances!
Reeve Carney (Orpheus): is best known for the role of Dorian Gray in Showtime's hit series "Penny Dreadful" and for originating the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the smash Broadway production Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, a role that he was handpicked for by Julie Taymor and U2's Bono and The Edge. Reeve was last seen in FOX's "The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do The Time Warp Again." His film credits include Gemini, The Tempest and Snow Falling on Cedars. Recordings include his debut solo album, Youth is Wasted (five Independent Music Awards including Best Album) and Mr. Green Vol. 1, with the band, Carney.
Andre De Shields (Hermes): In a career spanning 50 years, De Shields has distinguished himself as an unparalleled actor, director, and educator. He has intermittently portrayed Hermes in Hadestown since 2012, including the recent critically acclaimed production at London's National Theatre. In 2018, De Shields was the recipient of the 8th Annual Off-Broadway Alliance Legend Award and the 33rd Annual Bob Harrington Life Achievement Bistro Award. Among his other accolades are the 2009 National Black Theatre Festival's Living Legend Award, and the 2007 Village Voice Obie Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance. A multiple Tony Award nominee, he is best known for his show-stopping performances in four legendary Broadway productions: The Wiz, Ain't Misbehavin' (Emmy Award), Play On!, and The Full Monty. De Shields is a proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and SDC. www.andredeshields.com
Amber Gray (Persephone): Theatre includes Hadestown (London's National Theatre, Edmonton's Citadel Theatre: Sterling Award, New York Theatre Workshop: Lucille Lortel nomination); Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (Broadway: Theatre World Award, Kazino, Ars Nova); Daniel Fish's production of Oklahoma! (Bard SummerScape); An Octoroon (Theatre for a New Audience, Soho Rep, P.S.122); Taylor Mac's A 24 Decade History of Popular Music: 1900's-1950's (New York Live Arts with Under the Radar); Iphigenia in Aulis (Classic Stage Company); We Play for the Gods (Women's Project); Eager to Lose (Ars Nova); and Banished Children of Eve (Irish Rep). Gray is a member of the Brooklyn based theatre company, The TEAM and has co-developed and performed in their Mission Drift (London's National Theatre, P.S.122's COIL, Edinburgh's Traverse, Lisbon, Salzburg, Perth, Hong Kong); Primer for a Failed Superpower (Roulette); and the upcoming Reconstruction (Still Working but the Devil Might Be Inside). Gray can always be found, and has performed for the past 14 years, with the political activist group Reverend Billy and The Church of Stop Shopping. Television and film includes "Escape at Dannemora," Walden: Life in the Woods, What Would Jesus Buy?, and The Weekend. MFA: NYU Graduate Acting.
Eva Noblezada (Eurydice): previously starred in Hadestown at the National Theatre in London. City AM called her "brilliant" and The Arts Desk said she is "blazingly good." Last fall, she shot a lead role in the upcoming indie film, Yellow Rose. In 2017, Noblezada starred on Broadway in the title role of Cameron Mackintosh's epic revival of Miss Saigon, receiving a Tony nomination at age 21. Variety called her Broadway debut performance "entrancing" and The Hollywood Reporter said "her vocals have an expressive range and sweetness that cuts through all that surrounds her. She's a legitimate discovery." She previously starred in the long-running London revival of Miss Saigon, for which she received the WhatsOnStage award for Best Actress in a Musical. She also played Eponine in the West End revival of the legendary musical, Les Misérables. Noblezada was a high school student in Charlotte, NC, when she was discovered by casting director Tara Rubin at the 2013 Jimmy Awards in New York City. Rubin introduced her to Mackintosh and director Laurence Connor, who chose her to star for two years in their long-awaited hit 2014 West End revival of Miss Saigon.
Patrick Page (Hades): starred as Hades in the Off-Broadway, Citadel Theatre, and National Theatre productions of Hadestown. He was last seen on Broadway as The Inquisitor in Saint Joan. Other Broadway: Valentina in Casa Valentina, Buckley in Time to Kill, Adult Men in Spring Awakening, DeGuiche in Cyrano de Bergerac, Green Goblin in Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, Henry VIII in A Man for All Seasons, Decius Brutus in Julius Caesar, Scar in The Lion King, The Grinch in Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast, and Mackie in The Kentucky Cycle. Other New York: Cymbeline in Cymbeline (New York Shakespeare Festival/Delacort), Max in The Sound of Music (Carnegie Hall). Regional: Page recently created the roles of Dom Claude Frollo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame at La Jolla Playhouse and Papermill Playhouse, and Captain Dragutin Dimitrijevic in Rajiiv Joseph's Archduke at the Mark Taper Forum. He is an Associate Artist of The Old Globe in San Diego (Cyrano, Malvolio), and the Shakespeare Theater Company in Washington, D.C. (Coriolanus, Prospero, Macbeth, Iago, Claudius). Television: recurring roles on "Elementary," "Madam Secretary," "Flesh and Bone" and guest starring roles on "NCIS: New Orleans," "The Good Wife," "The Blacklist," "Chicago P.D.," and "Law and Order: S.V.U."
Jewelle Blackman (Fate): is thrilled to be making her Broadway debut in Hadestown. This actor, singer-songwriter, playwright, and violinist is a native of Toronto, Canada. Favorite credits include the Canadian companies of Hadestown; The Lion King; We Will Rock You; Caroline, or Change; Dreamgirls; and three seasons at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Television: "Kim's Convenience," "Frankie Drake," "Private Eyes," and "Shadowhunters." Film: Nine Lives and Crossword Mysteries. Her first musical you know my name, not my story will soon be receiving its first fully staged reading in Toronto. Much love and thanks to my family. For Zion. Follow her on social media: @jewelleblackman.
Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer (Fate): is an actress, singer, songwriter, and producer best known for playing the role of Kiki on the Emmy Award-winning series "The Fresh Beat Band," where she received two Imagen Award nominations for Best Actress in a Television Series. She played Cha Cha in Fox's "Grease: Live," Phyllis on Disney's "Goldie & Bear," and Kiki on Nick Jr.'s "Fresh Beat Band of Spies." Other television credits include: "Madam Secretary," "Criminal Minds," "Guiding Light," and "Boston Legal." Select stage credits include: In the Heights (first national tour), West Side Story, Sweet Charity, Much Ado About Nothing, 3 Mo' Divas, and Corridos Remix for which she won a Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Female Lead. Gonzalez-Nacer's music can be heard on various television shows and movies, and she has performed with artists such as Ne-Yo, Jason Mraz, Gloria Estefan, Justin Bieber, and Engelbert Humperdinck. www.yvettenacer.com. Follow her on Instagram: @yvettenacer.
Kay Trinidad (Fate): Broadway: The Little Mermaid (Aquata; original Broadway cast). Off-Broadway: Bare (Diane Lee) and The Roar of the Greasepaint... (York Theatre). Regional: Lempicka (world premiere, Williamstown Theatre Festival), Waterfall (U.S. premiere, Pasadena Playhouse, 5th Avenue Theatre), Allegiance (world premiere, Old Globe), Children of Eden in concert (Aysha; Kennedy Center), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Marcy Park; Cape Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse), The King And I (Tuptim; Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Music Theatre Wichita), Little Shop Of Horrors (Ronette; Berkshire Theatre Group), Beauty and the Beast (MUNY), The Addams Family (MUNY), Bye Bye Birdie (Casa Mañana). Tour: Seussical. Love and gratitude to friends, family, DGRW, Mike, and God! www.kaytrinidad.com.
Afra Hines (Worker): Broadway credits include Summer: The Donna Summer Musical (understudy for Disco Donna), Shuffle Along... (Astaire Award for Outstanding Ensemble in a Broadway Show), Motown The Musical, Soul Doctor, Ghost, In The Heights (ACCA Award for Outstanding Broadway Chorus), and Wicked. National Tour: Hamilton. Television: "Fosse/Verdon" and "Boardwalk Empire." Other: The Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Rockette). Hines lives in Harlem with her husband and two cats. www.afrahines.com. Follow her on social media @afrahines.
Timothy Hughes (Worker): is so grateful to be a part of Hadestown. On Broadway, he originated the role of Pabbie in Frozen, and appeared in Chaplin: The Musical. Film and television: The Strong Man in The Greatest Showman (20th Century Fox), Blood Bound, and "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee." Other favorite credits include Paint Your Wagon at Encores!, the national tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and shows at Goodspeed, MUNY, Music Theatre Wichita, Fulton Theatre, Maine State, Cincinnati Playhouse, Music Theatre West, and Long Wharf Theatre. Proud graduate of NYU's Tisch School/CAP21. Abundant thanks to Talent House, his loving family, and friends. As always, for Dad.
John Krause (Worker): recently toured nationally with Wicked as a member of the ensemble and understudy for the role of Fiyero. Other professional credits include Davy in Newsies (Sacramento Music Circus), understudying Roy and others in Fun Home (Broadway), Drew in Rock of Ages (NCL and Las Vegas), and ensemble member and understudy for Johnny, Will, and Tunny in Green Day's American Idiot: The Musical (International Tour).
Kimberly Marable (Worker): is thrilled to go "way down under the ground!" Broadway: The Lion King and Sister Act. National tours: The Book of Mormon (first national), Sister Act (Deloris standby in first national), Dreamgirls, Hairspray, and The Wedding Singer (first national). Workshops: The Wanderer and Pal Joey. Television: "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" and "Dancing with The Stars." Voiceover: Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire (Ikawha/Waenglith) and "Every Day is Halloween with Lucy Loud" (Nickelodeon/YouTube). Marable was born and raised in Brooklyn and is a proud Dartmouth College graduate. She co-founded Broadway Serves, which provides volunteer opportunities for theater professionals. Follow her on social media: @misskimizzo www.kimberlymarable.com. Salaams!
Ahmad Simmons (Worker): will be appearing as Ben Vereen in the upcoming "Fosse/Verdon" miniseries on FX. His most recent Broadway stage appearance was in the Broadway revival of Carousel featuring the Tony Award-winning choreography of Justin Peck. Previous credits include Alonzo in the revival of Cats choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler, and as a principal dancer in the ABC TV remake of Dirty Dancing. A graduate of Point Park University, he has toured Russia, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and all over the United States as a dancer with Parsons Dance Company, River North Dance Chicago, and Eisenhower Dance.
Malcolm Armwood (Swing): is over the moon to be making his Broadway debut in Hadestown! He was last seen in American Repertory Theater's production of The Black Clown. He has been seen across the country with the 2017 national tour of Motown and the 2014 tour of Smokey Joe's Cafe with director and choreographer Chet Walker. Regional credits: Grease; Ragtime; Showboat; Hairspray; and Kiss Me, Kate. BFA: East Carolina University. Follow him on Instagram: @marmwood214
T. Oliver Reid (Swing): Hadestown marks T. Oliver's 13th Broadway show. A multiple award-winning Broadway, cabaret, and recording artist, he made his debut in the Tony Award-winning revival of Kiss Me, Kate starring Marin Mazzie and Brian Stokes Mitchell, has been seen in Follies, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Never Gonna Dance, La Cage Aux Folles, Chicago, The Wedding Singer, Mary Poppins, Sister Act, After Midnight, Sunset Boulevard, and most recently in the Tony-winning revival of Once On This Island. He has been featured on several Grammy Award-nominated recordings. Television includes "Sex and The City" and "Girls." He is also on faculty at NYU/Tisch in the Graduate Acting Program. His solo CD, Do I Love You, is available on iTunes. Follow him on social media: @toliverreid
Jessie Shelton (Swing): is an actor and multidisciplinary performer based in New York City. She is fresh off the road from the first national tour of Waitress and could not think of a better way to make her Broadway debut than with Hadestown, a piece wildly dear to her heart! Some recent favorite roles include Lady Dare Bellingdon in Conflict (Mint Theatre) and Judith in 36 Questions, a musical podcast in which she starred opposite Jonathan Groff. Education: Carnegie Mellon, B.F.A.; Moscow Art Theatre/Eugene O'Neill Theater Center; Rhodopi International Theater Lab. Huge thanks to the team at Wolf Talent, Andy, and the entire company of Hadestown(s) past and present. Love to Maya, M&P, and new niece Nora. More at www.jessieshelton.com.
Khaila Wilcoxon (Swing): recently made her Broadway debut in Ruben and Clay's First Annual Christmas Carol Family Fun Pageant Spectacular Reunion Show in December 2018. She is a Kenosha, Wisconsin native who graduated in 2018 from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. There she took on a variety of challenging roles with her final bow being Joanne in the university's production of Company. Wilcoxon is currently represented by The Mine Agency. She is a firm believer that hard work, patience, dedication, and consistency help you reach your goals.
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