Patrick Page, Reeve Carney, and TV Carpio to Lead Canadian Premiere of HADESTOWN at Citadel Theatre
The pre-Broadway Canadian engagement of HADESTOWN will star three Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark alumni: Patrick Page, Reeve Carney, and T.V. Carpio. Rachel Chavkin, who directed the original Off-Broadway production, will helm the show in Canada.
The Canadian premiere of HADESTOWN at the Citadel Theatre is set to start performances November 11 and will run through December 3.
Five New York theatre stars will make the trip to Alberta in October to begin rehearsals.
Patrick Page is a Broadway veteran who created the dual role of Norman Osborn and his alter ego the Green Goblin in the Broadway rock musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. He has starred in such major productions as The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, A Man For All Seasons, and Cyrano De Bergerac. He will play Hades, the role he originated in the Off-Broadway production last year.
Another HADESTOWN alumna, Amber Gray, who will play Persephone, comes to the Citadel after appearing as Helene Kuragina in the much-acclaimed Broadway musical Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, a performance that garnered a 2017 Theatre World Award.
Broadway great Kingsley Leggs will play Hermes. He is best known for originating the roles of Mister in The Color Purple and Curtis Jackson in Sister Act.
Actor and musician Reeve Carney will play Orpheus. His band "Carney" has opened for the likes of U2 and Arcade Fire. He is currently touring the U.S., playing guitar for blues recording artist Jonny Lang. On Broadway, he had the central role of Peter Parker/Spiderman in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. He also played Dorian Gray in the Showtime series Penny Dreadful.
T.V. Carpio, who will play Eurydice in HADESTOWN, was featured as Arachne in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, and appeared in the television series Limitless and the Academy Award-nominated film Across the Universe.
New York sensation Rachel Chavkin, who made many sit up and take notice when she helmed the much acclaimed Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 on Broadway this past season and who directed the Off-Broadway HADESTOWN, will direct the Citadel production.
The Canadian cast of HADESTOWN also is packed with top talent. Edmontonian Vance Avery and former Edmontonian Kira Guloien both have Broadway credits. Torontonians Jewelle Blackman, Evangelia Kambites, and Andrew Broderick have extensive theatre and film credentials across Canada. Calgarian Tara Jackson (Citadel: Bittergirls the Musical) and former Leduc native Hal Wesley Rogers round out the company as Fates and Workers.
HADESTOWN premiered at New York Theatre Workshop in May 2016, where it played to critical acclaim and sold-out houses. This new musical, written by celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and developed with and directed by three-time OBIE Award-winning director Rachel Chavkin, follows Orpheus' mythical quest to overcome Hades and regain the favor of his one true love, Eurydice. Together we travel from wide open plains where love and music are not enough nourishment to survive the winter, down to Hadestown, an industrialized world of mindless labor. Inspired by traditions of classic American folk music and vintage New Orleans jazz, Mitchell's beguiling melodies and poetic imagination pit nature against industry, faith against doubt, and love against death.
HADESTOWN was originally developed at the The Broad Stage at Santa Monica College under the supervision of Dale Franzen and Mara Isaacs prior to a wildly successful premiere at New York Theatre Workshop in 2016. An upcoming production will be staged at the Citadel Theatre with additional details to be announced. Hadestown is a winner of a Richard Rodgers Production Award, administered by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
For more information on the Canadian production, visit www.citadeltheatre.com.
Photo Credit: Walter McBride