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Hadestown Reviews

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Average customer review: 4.0 star rating (4.0 Stars)

Number of reviews: 24

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5.0 star rating Laura from Baton Rouge, Louisiana

LOVED IT!!!

Saw this show on broadway, and loved every minute of it. Such an amazing piece of art. I’m definitely going to try to see it again.

5.0 star rating Bobbie Theodoore from El Dorado Hills, CA

INCREDIBLE!

Hadestown is so unique and colorful, perfectly written. It should appeal to a diverse audience wanting something deeper than a movie adaption. The music will stay in your head and the existential question at the center of the show warrants follow-up conversation.

5.0 star rating H Brown from Northampton, MA

WOULD EXPERIENCE AGAIN IN A HEARTBEAT

The audience leapt to their feet at he close of Hadestown for a well deserved standing ovation. Bravo. The musicians, cast especially understudy Orpheus performed without fault. One leaves with a feeling of hope not despair. A memorable performance. Come experience for yourselves.

5.0 star rating CSA from Boston, Massachusetts

INCREDIBLE!

Absolutely Amazing. The cast was perfect from the leads to the chorus. Nicholas Barasche had a voice like an angel. Loved everything about it, kept me captivated from the first word spoken. What a perfect night at the Theatre. Boston Opera House was such a great venue.

5.0 star rating John from Detroit, Michigan

BEST SHOW I’VE EVER SEEN

This show blew my socks off. In fact, I saw it two nights in a row. The musicians were OUTSTANDING, and every single actor was phenomenal. They brought this show to life in such a unique and heart-wrenching way. I highly recommend catching this show if you can!!

5.0 star rating R. Holley from Hammond, La

GREAT

I did not know what to expect. My wife filled me in on the story line and I understood it was basically a Greek Tragedy with a modern adaptation. As the story line unfolded on stage, from the moment Hermes addressed the audience, I felt captivated by the plight of the players and their tragic fate. Hermes was phenomenal as was Hades. The actors/performers seemed to fit their characters very well. Their voices, demeanor and stature were remarkable. I have seen a number of performances at the Saenger and enjoyed myself every time. They respect the COVID protocols and enforce them for those who are otherwise at risk. Even the musicians on stage were masked unless their instrument prevented them from wearing one. By the way, the musicians including the conductor/pianist were exceptionally talented. Recommend attending this one and think all will enjoy.

5.0 star rating Kevin from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

INCREDIBLE

Saw Hadestown at Academy of Music (Phila), and was brought to tears by it’s beauty. We Had been listening to its original broadway cast recordings for months prior, and couldn’t believe the likeness and uniqueness of THIS off broadway cast. Also, seeing the show brought everything musically together for us. Every lyric a conundrum of thought and perfection. Bravo!!!!

5.0 star rating Carol Parker from Minneapolis, Minnesota

BRILLIANT!

Saw Hadestown at Orpheum on Tuesday - this show is BRILLIANT! Everything about it is wonderful. #Orpheus was played by the understudy & we had NO IDEA until we were on the way home. The entire cast is amazing. Do yourself a favor, IF there are tickets left while it's here, go see this show! I can see why it won so many Tony's & this cast lives up to that standard.

5.0 star rating Deb Skinner from Minneapolis, Minnesota

MISSED SEEING NICHOLAS BARASCH AS ORPHEUS

We went Sunday March 20th. Sold out show!! It was very good and enjoyed the understudy, Chibueze Ihuoma, as Orpheus. Just wanted to see Nicholas. Also, the workers chorus- is there someone with cancer? I hope the dancer is doing okay and is not ill.

5.0 star rating Barbara Amster from San Diego, California

BEST SAN DIEGO STAGING EVER

The stars were aligned tonight with Broadway (and yes I have seen Broadway plays) level singing and instrumentals. Images in dance were powerful and moving. Glorious set design and staging. Loved the story, too! My political bent; but, warning, not too subtle on women's rights, immigration, climate change and corporate power and greed!

5.0 star rating Matthew Dann from Costa Mesa, California

OUTSTANDING!!

Wow!! What a thrill!! Outstanding performances! Can’t believe that every singer has an outstanding voice and what a great story line so much fun!! If you wanna treat yourself to a great deal of fun wonderful music great characters lively energetic can’t say enough about how much I enjoyed Hades town!!

5.0 star rating Ron H from Reno, Nevada

HADESTOWN

I’m shook ! What an amazing show! First time ever seeing this show , and it blew my mind . The acting , singing , dancing , costumes, choreography, music and lighting all fantastic . I can’t wait to see it again when it comes to Vegas where I live . I wish this theatre would invest in Better seats . Really uncomfortable and outdated .

5.0 star rating Susan McReynolds from Denver, Colorado

BREATHTAKING

After a 3 year absence from live theatre largely due to Covid, my theater buddy daughter and I returned tonight. What a return! The raucous jazz opening captured me and I was a devoted fan. The music was indescribably wonderful. The lyrics powerful. The music and the dance touched us to our souls. We laughed, wept, mourned and celebrated. I am so thankful for my 9th grade teacher who introduced me to mythology, Orpheus and Eurydice. Hades and Persephone. Because of her I was drawn to this play and I was not disappointed but enthralled. Best show I have seen, and I have seen quite a few.

4.0 star rating Opera lover from Washington, District of Columbia

SINGING UNEVEN

A lot of this is just so good. Marable, morrow, kreis. I am not sure what was going on with the tenor. Was the falsetto supposed to be like countertenor? Which would be great, that's an unearthly sound that would fit the plot. Sadly, it was screeching. The night I was there anyway

4.0 star rating Opera lover again from Washington, District of Columbia

SOME OUTSTANDING WORK BY NON LEADS

The musicians are without fault, as is the chorus. But the the three women singing the fates are remarkable. Hardest working gals I've ever seen. On stage almost all the time, singing most of the time, playing musical instruments, and some very complicated blocking.

4.0 star rating Joy from Boston, MA

AMAZING MUSIC, SOME WEAK POINTS IN THIS PRODUCTION

The music is gorgeous, let's get that clear, and there is some very creative staging. I've not seen other productions, so I'm not sure whether the set was modified for this space, but while it was engaging and clever, it seemed way too cramped, limiting options for the cast and making for some repetitive blocking. The real love story was Hades and Persephone, who were remarkable. Orpheus and Eurydice didn't convey much chemistry, and it was hard to be invested in their romance. Her choice to go to Hades seemed abrupt and confusing, given how much in love she's supposed to be. The decision to have Orpheus sing in a very high falsetto was unfortunate; it was unpleasant to listen to, almost comedic, and didn't carry that sense of the magical voice he's supposed to have. Overall, though, amazing cast and voices.

4.0 star rating Rmh from Columbus, Ohio

EVERYTHING BUT ORPHEUS

I loved the show except for the falsetto used by Orpheus. In the myth, his singing was supposed to be magical. As soon as I heard the falsetto, I whispered a quiet prayer: “Oh please, don’t do that again.” It certainly wasn’t magical. All other aspects of the show are well adapted for touring. Choreography and dancing are outstanding. Overall, the company has everything “Hadestown” requires.

4.0 star rating M Hennessey from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

GREAT SHOW BUT FIRST HALF WAS TOO LOUD

I was amazed with the singing and the dancing. But the performance on Sunday night, 11/20/22 at 6:30pm, was very difficult to tolerate because the singing was so loud. During the first act, I saw folks covering their ears to try to muffle the piercing, loud singing. Fortunately, the second act was not as loud and more enjoyable.

4.0 star rating from St. Louis, Missouri

HADESTOWN

The set, music and dancing were a powerful part of the story for me. Hadestown is place for lost souls who forget who they are until Orpheus shows them the light through the song he writes and performs. Self doubt was symbolized through the fates and even touches the hardest of hearts, Hades. Fighting for what’s right and leading with tenderness was what Persephone represented. This show leaves the audience thinking about the political landscape of the haves and have nots, going to the ends and beneath the earth for love and a tragic ending that leaves you saying “if only”.

3.0 star rating Jeff Portner from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

HAS ITS MOMENTS

Best part of the show is the set, lighting, costumes, band ( especially the trombonist), and choreography. Music is pleasant, nothing memorable. Leads were well cast and all sang well. Show is a bit long, could be 20 minutes shorter and better at that length. The story is thin, which is odd considering the richness of the source material.

2.0 star rating Gary Myers from Greenville, South Carolina

SINGING WAS JUST SO-SO, THERE SEEMED NO "HEART" ... OVERALL DISAPPOINTED

First the start with Hermes showing off his clothes - sorry, not funny. As a matter of fact there is very little humor in this musical. The singing - especially Orpheus, not good. His falsetto was... at times ear tearing. Overall we just didn't feel "involved" - there was little there to bring you in, to CARE ... out of many many musicals seen - probably bottom 10% ranking for both my wife and I.

1.0 star rating Rich from Denver, Colorado

TERRIBLE SOUND QUALITY

Went to opening night last night. Sound quaility was bad I couldn't pick up on the story line. Especially Hermes who kind of narrated. Not sure if was an opening night technical malfunction or the fact that I was in the balcony ($100 per). Just so disappointing how bad the sound quality was. Sat in same theatre/similar seats 2 months ago and the sound quality was great.

1.0 star rating Carolyn from Denver, Colorado

PERFORMED BY CHARLIE BROWN'S TEACHERS

There were almost no spoken words so if you were already familiar with the songs and lyrics it might be okay. However if you are not, it is awful. I understood, "I took him under my wing" and "it ain't right and it ain't natural" the rest of the lyrics and spoken words were muddled and incomprehensible. I assume the actors know how to ennunciate so I can only assume it was the sound system definitely not worth the price. But if that is the case they should have had it fixed after the review left by the person who had the same complaint on opening night.

1.0 star rating Tim from Denver, Colorado

HAD POTENTIAL BUT LANDED FLAT

I was very glad to see all the acoustic instruments and really looked forward to this show. Unfortunately the story was flatly boring, the voices were harsh and must have been pegging the VU meters as they were over modulated. The female voices were harsh. The music was blown out by the harsh voices. The set was just a backdrop of wallpaper. Hardly any difference between the underworld and the living. Choreography seemed repetitive. Could not find any magic even though I really looked forward to this performance.

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