Media Citadel Theatre presents the Canadian Premiere of New Musical HADESTOWN
The 2016 Off-Broadway hit, Hadestown is in the thick of rehearsals and set-up in preparation for its Canadian premiere at the Citadel Theatre November 11 to December 3, 2017, and anticipated Broadway run in 2018.
Hadestown, an electrifying new musical, is based on a Greek myth, the tragic love story of Orpheus and Eurydice, and steeped in the music traditions of American Folk and New Orleans jazz. This powerful show explores the eternal struggles of art and commerce, faith and doubt, love and death as it takes audiences from the wide open plains, where love and music alone are not enough to survive the winter, down to the underworld city of Hadestown, an industrialized world of mindless labour. Hades rules the workers while trying to please his restless wife, Persephone, who spends half the year above ground. When Hades seduces Eurydice to come to Hadestown, Orpheus begins an epic quest to win her back.
With Hadestown, celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and inventive, Tony-nominated director Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812) transform Mitchell's phenomenal 2010 concept album into a bold new work for the stage. In 2013, Mitchell began the process of expanding and adapting the album into a full-length theatrical production. The result - a musical like no other - premiered in May 2016 at the New York Theatre Workshop. The Off-Broadway production of Hadestown was nominated for multiple awards, including seven Lucille Lortel awards, a Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical, and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical.
Citadel Theatre's Artistic Director, Daryl Cloran and Executive Director, Penny Ritco, convinced the U.S. producers to continue the development of Hadestown in Edmonton, scaling it up for its future Broadway debut. The Edmonton production has a larger cast and enhanced design elements, with set design by Rachel Hauck (Latin History For Morons), costume design by three-time Tony nominee Michael Krass (The Constant Wife, Machinal), lighting design by Tony Award winner Bradley King (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), and sound design by Nevin Steinberg (Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen), as well as musical direction by Liam Robinson and choreography by David Neumann.
Making their Citadel debut are Broadway favourites Patrick Page (Hades), Amber Gray (Persephone), Reeve Carney (Orpheus), T.V. Carpio (Eurydice), and Kingsley Leggs (Hermes). The cast is rounded out by Canadian actors Vance Avery, Jewelle Blackman, Andrew Broderick, Kira Guloien, Evangelia Kambites, Tara Jackson, and Hal Wesley Rogers.