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Posted: 3/29/19 at 10:26am

Call_me_jorge said: "Those lights that flew over the audience and when the set split in three were both goosebumps enducing."

I'm one of those odd people who likes reading spoilers; would you mind elaborating on this in a spoiler box?

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Posted: 3/29/19 at 11:23am

Wow, there’s a lot to unpack here. What a transcendent event this is.

Having seen it at NYTW, it’s hard to even compare - it truly is two different shows. For both better, and at times, worse. NYTW was an intimate evening of storytelling, where we all gathered under a tree to watch a few actors more or less perform the concept album. But now, on Broadway, this is a Musical. 

The entire narrative structure has been updated, and from the sounds of it, every line of music has been touched, too. This is to mostly great effect, to clarify events, flesh out characters, and add in the ensemble. What’s loss is most of the original lyrics from the verses of songs, which is a bit jarring having listened to the Cast Recording for 2 years now. But ultimately I think it enhanced the show.

I could take or leave the set - I don’t think a New Orleans bar was their only choice to make it work on a larger scale, but I think they do all that they can with it. I personally LOVED the revolves, and the addition of the dance ensemble felt natural. The lighting was gorgeous, and the sound superb. 

The entire cast is working at the top of their game. The only weak link is Reeve when he’s singing - it reminded me of Nikki M James in Les MIs. He’s very talented, and performs well, but his voice is just simply wrong for this role. 

When it comes to awards season, I imagine it will get a slew of nominations, but I think the only ones it truly has in the bag are Best Musical and Best Score. Rachel Chavkin should have won Directing for Comet, and I'm wondering the odds of her pulling out here, vs. Daniel Fish. Perhaps Patrick will win as he’s such an beloved member of the community, but I can see it going either way. At the end of the day though, much like Fun Home, this musical is truly changing the game as to what is commercially possible. It is unique as hell, touching, and enthralling. 

I’ll end with - I have not experienced an audience react to a show the way they did last night in a very long time. It was a roar of applause that felt so genuine, it was as if we were all connected in that space. It was really, really special. 

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HADESTOWN Previews#228
Posted: 3/29/19 at 11:54am

Lot666 said: "Call_me_jorge said: "Those lights that flew over the audience and when the set split in three were both goosebumps enducing."

I'm one of those odd people who likes reading spoilers; would you mind elaborating on this in a spoiler box?
"

I believe they're talking about Wait For Me, and yeah it's incredible. Not a big spoiler and kind of hard to explain but

 
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There are huge lights (several feet across) kind of in the style of headlamps. They are suspended from the ceiling by rope/cord in a circle. The ensemble takes them and swings them so they go in and out. And they are not keeping hold of them, so the effect is being amazed at how the lights are not crashing into each other even as the sweeping lights is a pretty cool lighting effect.

The new addition to the wait for me since london is Orpheus getting challenged by the Fates (emerging from the fog with lanterns) and singing his "la la la" melody. As he does so, the chorus echoes it and the music builds and the set splits apart at the seams to reveal the lights of Hadestown (it splits a foot or two, just enough to see the lights).

The overall effect is one of the most thrilling moments I have ever experienced in the theatre. Just the perfect mix of lighting, sound, emotion, and grandiosity.

 

(If you have watched a certain recording, it does NOT accurately convey what it looks like in the theatre. Trust me.)

And the added bit to the end of Wait For Me is a bold defiant

I'm coming wait for me!

I hear the walls repeating

They're falling at my feet and

It sounds like drumming

And I am not alone!

I hear the rocks and stones!

Echoing my song....

I'm coming!

 

It adds such an excellent burst of punctuation at the end of the song. I am eh on most lyric changes but love the changes to wait for me

 

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Posted: 3/29/19 at 1:16pm

Persephone spends six months underground with Hades and six months with her mother Demeter. Hades abducted Persophone from her mother and made her queen of the Undweworld.

The gods decided that when Persophome with her mother it will be spring and summer and Demeter welcomed her with spring and summer flowers.  And when she is in the Underworld, Demeter cursed the earth.... fall to winter.


Yes, I know. I'm a huge Greek mythology nerd. I was just wondering if Hades and Persephone are gods in this version like they are in the myth. I thought that they might be because they kept referring to Persephone as "spring" and apparently I was right.

I think that's kind of a strange decision, tbh, but I probably shouldn't say anything until I've seen the show staged. I'm just wondering now why they made it a corporate dystopia instead of keeping the original under world setting (maybe because Hades didn't actually want the rule the underworld in the myths, so this particular version of the story wouldn't work?)

Jimmy, what are you doing here in the middle of the night? It's almost 9 PM!
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Posted: 3/29/19 at 1:19pm

I mean, it's not literally a corporate dystopia. It's still the underworld- just envisioned a different way. The whole thing is allegorical. 

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HADESTOWN Previews#231
Posted: 3/29/19 at 1:28pm

VotePeron said: "I’ll end with - I have not experienced an audience react to a show the way they did last night in a very long time. It was a roar of applause that felt so genuine, it was as if we were all connected in that space. It was really, really special."

I saw the show Wednesday and the result was the same. I've never experienced a curtain call like it where the audience was so genuinely vocal and excited to thank the cast and orchestra. The cast, especially the chorus who are new to the show, seemed so genuinely overwhelmed and grateful. Truly something special. 

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HADESTOWN Previews#232
Posted: 3/29/19 at 1:29pm

VotePeron said: "
I’ll end with - I have not experienced an audience react to a show the way they did last night in a very long time. It was a roar of applause that felt so genuine, it was as if we were all connected in that space. It was really, really special."

Instant standing ovation when I saw it. Lots of people leapt to their feet. not the usual "oh, do I have to"

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Posted: 3/29/19 at 1:45pm

VotePeron said: "I’ll end with - I have not experienced an audience react to a show the way they did last night in a very long time. It was a roar of applause that felt so genuine, it was as if we were all connected in that space. It was really, really special."

It was the exact same the night I went, too - I don't think I'd ever seen a show with an audience as excited.

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HADESTOWN Previews#234
Posted: 3/29/19 at 1:57pm

Saw the show last night (Thurs 3/28) and I am still in awe of what I experienced. There has already been plenty written that I could easily repeat but I'll just put down my three key takeaways:

1) I was hooked within the 1st minute and knew I was in for something special

2) There were 2 actors that I just couldn't take my eyes off (and I think are nearly non-replaceable). Patrick Page has already been discussed but my unsung hero was the tall, jacked dude in the chorus, Timothy Hughes. He added such an intimidating presence -- especially during underworld scenes -- that just took everything up a notch. I want to be his best friend. 

3) The curtain call standing ovation legitimately lasted 3 minutes. And it was 100% earned and honest. I for one couldn't wait to stand up and show my appreciation. I wanted to after Wait For Me - which to me was the most beautiful scene i've ever seen on a stage - but it unfortunately was not the Act I closer.

I've seen hundreds of shows and this was the first one that legitimately left me speechless. I was blown away. Every little thing about the show was nearly perfect. I can't wait to see it again.

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HADESTOWN Previews#235
Posted: 3/29/19 at 2:28pm

VotePeron said: “
I’ll end with - I have not experienced an audience react to a show the way they did last night in a very long time. It was a roar of applause that felt so genuine, it was as if we were all connected in that space. It was really, really special."

This. this. this.

During the curtain call I was just so fixated on Amber, and even though I was up in the balcony I could still tell how moved she was. 

Is post curtain call song apart of the show or just something they did last night? That was so moving. I loved this show so much I’m already planning a return visit before the years out just to see it again.

 

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HADESTOWN Previews#236
Posted: 3/29/19 at 2:33pm

Rainah said: "The overall effect is one of the most thrilling moments I have ever experienced in the theatre. Just the perfect mix of lighting, sound, emotion, and grandiosity."

Ahhhh!! I love these kinds of moments - thanks for sharing!

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Posted: 3/29/19 at 2:43pm

VotePeron said: "The only weak link is Reeve when he’s singing - it reminded me of Nikki M James in Les MIs."

Ouch! blush

 

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Posted: 3/29/19 at 2:44pm

CRS14 said: "the tall, jacked dude in the chorus, Timothy Hughes. He added such an intimidating presence -- especially during underworld scenes -- that just took everything up a notch. I want to be his best friend."

I love this comment. It says everything.

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Posted: 3/29/19 at 2:59pm

This. this. this.

During the curtain call I was just so fixated on Amber, and even though I was up in the balcony I could still tell how moved she was.

Is post curtain call song apart of the show or just something they did last night? That was so moving. I loved this show so much I’m already planning a return visit before the years out just to see it again.


"

From my seat on Wednesday, I could clearly see tears falling from Amber during curtain call. It was so incredibly moving.

And yes, Raise Our Cups is a part of the show; it's the last song listed in the playbill. I love it as well; ending the show with a toast to the Orpheus' of the world really plants a seed in your head as you leave.

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Posted: 3/29/19 at 3:07pm

treblemakerz said: "This. this. this.

During the curtain call I was just so fixated on Amber, and even though I was up in the balcony I could still tell how moved she was.

Is post curtain call song apart of the show or just something they did last night? That was so moving. I loved this show so much I’m already planning a return visit before the years out just to see it again.


"

From my seat on Wednesday, I could clearly see tears falling from Amber during curtain call. It was so incredibly moving.

And yes, Raise Our Cups is a part of the show; it's the last song listed in the playbill. I love it as well; ending the show with a toast to the Orpheus' of the world really plants a seed in your head as you leave.
"

So I thought Raise Our Cups was a part of the show but on Tuesday they didn’t do it but on Saturday they did. Don’t know if there was a reason it was omitted. 

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Posted: 3/29/19 at 3:18pm



So I thought Raise Our Cups was a part of the show but on Tuesday they didn’t do it but on Saturday they did. Don’t know if there was a reason it was omitted."

Huh, how odd! They did it when I was there last Friday and again when I went on Wednesday.

I'll be attending (yet again) tonight, so we'll see what happens this time.

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Posted: 3/29/19 at 4:50pm

treblemakerz said: "This. this. this.

During the curtain call I was just so fixated on Amber, and even though I was up in the balcony I could still tell how moved she was.

Is post curtain call song apart of the show or just something they did last night? That was so moving. I loved this show so much I’m already planning a return visit before the years out just to see it again.


"

From my seat on Wednesday, I could clearly see tears falling from Amber during curtain call. It was so incredibly moving.

And yes, Raise Our Cups is a part of the show; it's the last song listed in the playbill. I love it as well; ending the show with a toast to the Orpheus' of the world really plants a seed in your head as you leave.
"

that’s funny you mention that, because it’s not listed in my playbill.... The last song listed for me is Road to Hell (Reprise). Maybe it’s still something they’re working on

 

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Posted: 3/29/19 at 10:53pm

Call_me_jorge said: "VotePeron said: “
I’ll end with - I have not experienced an audience react to a show the way they did last night in a very long time. It was a roar of applause that felt so genuine, it was as if we were all connected in that space. It was really, really special."

This. this. this.

During the curtain call I was just so fixated on Amber, and even though I was up in the balcony I could still tell how moved she was.

Is post curtain call song apart of the show or just something they did last night? That was so moving. I loved this show so much I’m already planning a return visit before the years out just to see it again.


"

 

IWe know you were fixated on Amber and good for you but Jorge we didn't hear your report after the show...How was the balcony seating for you at 6'2? So?

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Posted: 3/29/19 at 11:24pm

Megsamegatron said: "treblemakerz said: "This. this. this.

During the curtain call I was just so fixated on Amber, and even though I was up in the balcony I could still tell how moved she was.

Is post curtain call song apart of the show or just something they did last night? That was so moving. I loved this show so much I’m already planning a return visit before the years out just to see it again.


"

From my seat on Wednesday, I could clearly see tears falling from Amber during curtain call. It was so incredibly moving.

And yes, Raise Our Cups is a part of the show; it's the last song listed in the playbill. I love it as well; ending the show with a toast to the Orpheus' of the world really plants a seed in your head as you leave.
"

So I thought Raise Our Cups was a part of the show but on Tuesday they didn’t do it but on Saturday they did. Don’t know if there was a reason it was omitted.
"

 

I was also at Tuesday's show. Are you all saying there's an entire scene/song that we didn't get on Tuesday? That's disappointing HADESTOWN Previews

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Posted: 3/29/19 at 11:50pm
I would say Raise our Cups is the curtain call not a part of the main show.

They do it after the bows etc do they not so I guess it depends on if they feel like doing it or not or just doing the bows.

For me it was one of the highlights of the show & was the only time I ever even felt anything for Orpheus.
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Posted: 3/30/19 at 1:06am
I must say, after tonight, I have full faith that this entire cast and creative team is doing the most to make this show the absolute best it can be.

Most of the changes tonight were small, but impactful. Mainly little lyric/music alterations. But what struck me was in one instance, a single word was changed in a lyric and it made it hit so much harder. The fact that something so tiny is something that occurred to the team to play with makes me feel that they are so, so dedicated (not that I didn't already think so, but I digress).

I ended up chatting with Reeve a bit after, and he seemed genuinely interested in probing me for what I thought about each change and what I had noticed was different. I was excited to see that HE was so excited about trying out new stuff!

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Posted: 3/30/19 at 1:21am

treblemakerz said: "I must say, after tonight, I have full faith that this entire cast and creative team is doing the most to make this show the absolute best it can be.

Most of the changes tonight were small, but impactful. Mainly little lyric/music alterations. But what struck me was in one instance, a single word was changed in a lyric and it made it hit so much harder. The fact that something so tiny is something that occurred to the team to play with makes me feel that they are so, so dedicated (not that I didn't already think so, but I digress).

I ended up chatting with Reeve a bit after, and he seemed genuinely interested in probing me for what I thought about each change and what I had noticed was different. I was excited to see that HE was so excited about trying out new stuff!


"

that's so great to hear! do you mind sharing what the lyric change was?

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Posted: 3/30/19 at 1:21am

treblemakerz said: "I must say, after tonight, I have full faith that this entire cast and creative team is doing the most to make this show the absolute best it can be.

Most of the changes tonight were small, but impactful. Mainly little lyric/music alterations. But what struck me was in one instance, a single word was changed in a lyric and it made it hit so much harder. The fact that something so tiny is something that occurred to the team to play with makes me feel that they are so, so dedicated (not that I didn't already think so, but I digress).

I ended up chatting with Reeve a bit after, and he seemed genuinely interested in probing me for what I thought about each change and what I had noticed was different. I was excited to see that HE was so excited about trying out new stuff!


"

that's so great to hear! do you mind sharing what the lyric change was?

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HADESTOWN Previews#249
Posted: 3/30/19 at 2:35am

bettyco said:  "that's so great to hear! do you mind sharing what the lyric change was?"

Yes, of course! Spoilers under the cut.

 
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It's established very early on in the show that there has not been a proper spring or fall in a very long time. Only blazing hot summers and freezing cold winters.

The lyric change comes at the tail end of Act 2, during Wait For Me (Reprise), when Hades and Persephone discuss "trying again"/fixing their marriage. For as far back in the show's development as I can remember, Hades has always had the line "It's almost spring. We'll try again next fall." Tonight, the line was changed to "It's time for spring. We'll try again next fall."

I'm not sure how to put into words why I think this is such an effective change, but I can try. I feel like it better communicates that Hades now understands why she has to go, and that he cannot hold her below for an obscenely long period anymore. It's not that spring is approaching and she needs to leave; it's that it's time to finally have a spring, and he knows this now. He's reminded of what spring was like when he first fell in love with Persephone. He sees now that it's time for the overworld to have that again.

If that makes any sense.

Normally I'd say I'm reading way too into things, but it's such a tiny thing that they've decided to alter after the lyric being unchanged for years. So I'm chalking it up to their incredible attention to detail. It made me tear up, so whatever they were going for definitely worked.

 

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Posted: 3/30/19 at 10:09am

Saw this last night and enjoyed it immensely - easily the best show of my current trip, and probably my favorite new musical since Comet. The most exposure I’d had to it previously was listening to the album on shuffle to get a feel for the songs, so I didn’t have any preconceived notions of what it should be or sound like. It’s not perfect, but it’s a beautifully staged show with a talented cast and catchy songs, and I can’t wait to see it again. 

I strongly agree with the suggestion mentioned previously to end Act I with “Wait for Me” and open Act II with “Why We Build the Wall” - it just seems like the logical choice. The loudest applause of the night was after “Wait for Me”, and it would have been good to go to intermission with that energy, and Act II could use a big number at the start.

This show solidifies Rachel Chavkin as my favorite director working right now - the staging was effective and moving. And the cast is extremely well utilized, particularly the Fates. I hope this show does well! 


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