Welcome to HADESTOWN, where a song can change your fate. This renowned sung-through musical by singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and director Rachel Chavkin is going on a North American tour, and it’s stopping in Jacksonville, Florida. You are invited to attend a production and find out why this show has won 8 Tony Awards. Witness two mythical tales of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and Queen Persephone. The show will take you on a trip to the underworld you will never forget.
Hadestown will hold eight performances from the 6th to the 11th of February at the Moran Theatre (Jacksonville Center for the Performing Arts). Make sure to attend while the touring company is in town for a very limited time. Book your tickets in advance to secure your spots at the show. You may purchase yours right here by clicking ‘GET TICKETS.’
“Sumptuous. Gorgeous. As good as it gets. You wish you could live in the glowy moment forever” – The New York Times
“An epic celebration of music, togetherness and hope!” – Forbes
“The best new musical of the season” – The Wall Street Journal
Our hero, a broke musician and poet, sets his sights on rescuing his love, the beautiful Eurydice, as she falls prey to Hades’ tempting offer to escape the harsh winter months orchestrated by Persephone’s annual descent to the underworld. Just like the ancient myth, tragedy lurks around the corner. However, the story is woven with exquisite folk and jazz melodies, lively rhythms, and a brilliantly inventive narrative. In this modern rendition, the age-old tale comes alive through the magic of music, offering a fresh and captivating twist on a timeless story. So, get ready for a musical journey through the twists and turns of Orpheus’s tale with hot tunes like ‘Road to Hell,’ ‘Way Down Hadestown,’ and ‘Wait for Me’.
“A transporting musical hit!” – TimeOut
“Visionary and ravishing.” – New York Magazine
“The most relevant musical in town.” – Daily News
The roots of Hadestown trace back to 2006-2007, originating as a grassroots community theater initiative in Vermont. The driving forces behind the project were the primary arranger/orchestrator Michael Chorney, original director/designer Ben t. Matchstick, and a talented cast and crew of local Vermont artists. Early on, support came from various quarters, including grants from the Vermont Community Foundation, the Vermont Arts Council, producing partner Higher Ground Music, and numerous individual supporters.
In 2010, Hadestown took a significant step with the release of a studio record on Righteous Babe Records. Anais Mitchell collaborated with producer and co-arranger/orchestrator Todd Sickafoose. For this project, they brought in notable guest vocalists like Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Ani Difranco, Greg Brown, Ben Knox Miller (the Low Anthem), and the Haden Triplets. Over the following years, Anais, Michael Chorney, and the Hadestown Orchestra performed concert versions of the show in various cities across the USA, UK, and Canada.
Transitioning from a concert format to a full-fledged theatrical production began in 2013. Anais partnered with director Rachel Chavkin, dramaturg Ken Cerniglia, and producers Mara Isaacs and Dale Franzen, workshopping and refining the piece. Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose remained pivotal as Arrangers/Orchestrators, while additional talents like Liam Robinson (Music Direction and Vocal Arrangements), Rachel Hauck (Set Design), Michael Krass (Costumes), Bradley King (Lighting Design), and Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz (Sound) joined the creative ensemble. In 2017, producers Hunter Arnold and Tom Kirdahy became integral parts of the team.
“Anaïs Mitchell’s score a joyful combination of folk, pop, Dixieland and blues that will make you want to rehear it as soon as the lights come up.” – TimeOut
“In its supple convergence of story and song, Hadestown represents a step forward for the art form.” – The Los Angeles Times
“The season’s standout musical.” – Elle
This Broadway production is not new to praise. Since its debut in 2019, the show has received overly positive reviews from critics. The show even received numerous awards and nominations. At the Tony Awards, Hadestown received 14 nominations (a record for the most for the evening). They went on to win eight of their nominations, including Best Musical and Best Original Score.
Even the critics can’t stop raving about this production. TimeOut NY specifically invited theatre fans to attend a production of Hadestown in their review. They said, “Here’s my advice: Attend hell. And by hell, of course, I’m referring to Hadestown, Anaïs Mitchell’s captivating and emotional new Broadway performance. In essence, the show gives a new twist to the classic Greek tale of Orpheus and Eurydice: Boy crosses paths with a girl, they fall in love, they face hardships, they go through trials, yet they find themselves in the underworld—sounds akin to a old tale, right? But it’s Mitchell’s current take on this timeless tale—and Rachel Chavkin’s—that infuse life back to this traditional narrative.”
“The most thrilling new original musical of the season.” – Deadline
“achingly beautiful, thought-provoking, powerful and prophetic” – Newsday
“The songs are gorgeous, the band is hot, and the lyrics are eerily apt for the times.”
This is your opportunity to catch an outstanding performance of Hadestown when the company arrives in Jacksonville, FL! If you’re someone from the area, you’re going to want to attend this unmissable show. Get yourselves ready for a heart-stopping plot and amazingly good folky jazz music. Don’t miss out on seeing this show live as it is certain to trigger emotions from within you. The music is also unforgettably good that it’ll have you singing to yourselves long after the show is over. So, make time to attend a show at the renowned Moran Theatre – you won’t regret it. Prepare for a journey that will take you to hell and back… come and join them at HADESTOWN.