Los Angeles Times - Highly Recommended
"...“Hadestown,” the 2019 Tony-winning musical reimagining the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice as a New Orleans-style folk opera, has arrived at the Ahmanson Theatre in smoldering fashion."
Broadway World - Highly Recommended
"...Thanks to the pandemic, regional theaters nationwide have been waiting quite awhile for HADESTOWN to arrive so we could see if whether the product matched the hype. The delay has been more than worth it. While Broadway audiences are enjoying the work of original stars Andre De Shields, Patrick Page, Reeve Carney and Eve Noblezada, their touring counterparts are turning up the heat in hell."
Stage and Cinema - Highly Recommended
"...As powerful as ocean waves, David Neumann's gorgeous choreography is mesmerizing. Whether he sways the Greek players like birds in flight or as cogs in the Underworld's machine, his talent is evident. Similarly, Rachel Hauck's scenic design, aided by the striking design of Bradley King's lighting, is commendable. From a lively gin joint to the depths of hell, her worlds are stark and clear. Michael Krass's costumes, circa 1920s, are modernly stylized, giving them a universality to match that of the story."
LA Splash - Highly Recommended
"...HADESTOWN is a clever, often bouncy reworking of the Orpheus and Eurydice Greek myth – but set in today’s world in a rousing music lovers’ nightclub that looks suspiciously as if it’s straight out of New Orleans. To add to the mythic fun, Hermes (Levi Kreis) has an innocent but magical ward named Orpheus (Nicholas Barasch), who can literally charm the birds from the trees. The instant that Orpheus sets eyes on Eurydice (Morgan Siobhan Green), he’s a goner. He proposes to her within minutes – much to this far more worldly beauty’s confusion."
Stage Scene LA - Highly Recommended
"...Like Rent, Spring Awakening, and Hamilton before it, Anaïs Mitchell’s Hadestown, the 2019 Tony winner for Best Musical, revitalizes the genre in the most electrifyingly original of ways."
TheatreMania - Recommended
"...Hadestown is an original new work from a burgeoning talent. Ahmanson venue is vaster than the smaller space of Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre, and the show cries out for intimacy. Maybe in a space like the Kirk Douglas, where most of the audience is in closer proximity of the cast, the musical would have resonated better. But with the current cast at the current theater, Hadestown is a pleasant pastime but not a revelation."
Hollywood Progressive - Highly Recommended
"...Winner of eight 2019 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album Music, with lyrics and book by Anaïs Mitchell, developed with and directed by Rachel Chavkin, Hadestown opened here on April 27. In addition, it took home four Drama Desk Awards, six Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Outstanding New Broadway Musical, and the Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical. It was the most honored show of the 2018-19 Broadway season."
Total Theater - Highly Recommended
"...Hadestown is a musical that lives up to its hype. After sold-out runs—and numerous awards—in London and New York, Hadestown comes to L.A. (and Costa Mesa later) in a snazzy, brash production that casts a hypnotic spell."
Entertainment Weekly - Highly Recommended
"...As we still continue to emerge from the wreckage, the notion that spring will come again is more powerful than ever. The show reminds us that this is a story that has been told again and again, that this suffering, these loves and these losses, and this capacity to sing through our pain and hope it turns out differently next time is eternal. There's a comfort and a peculiar beauty in that, stretching across the centuries from the ancients to our own times. And only a songbird as gifted as Mitchell could grant us that."
Stage Raw - Highly Recommended
"...The Hadestown North American tour was yet another victim of COVID-driven cancellations back in 2020, but at long last the Tony and Grammy-winning musical has made its way to the West Coast. "The myth, the musical" weaves together two classic tales from Greek mythology with an American flavor: the tragic love story of Orpheus and Eurydice, about a musician who tries to rescue his lover from the underworld, and the complicated romance between Hades and Persephone, which explains the changing of seasons as the goddess of nature's time with and apart from her king-of-the-underworld husband. The folk and jazz-flavored show will be enchanting audiences across the country well into 2023."
Ticket Holders LA - Highly Recommended
"...What could possibly be said about Anais Mitchell's celebrated Hadestown, an acheivement so dazzling not even a devastating worldwide pandemic could snuff its light."
Its Not About Me - Highly Recommended
"...As a fan of Broadway musicals that are mainly comedies, and as also a despiser of mythology, I expected to dislike Hadestown. Actually, I was sure of it. But let me tell you, this show, playing now at the Ahmanson Theatre, is fabulous!"
Indulge Magazine - Highly Recommended
"...Hadestown, the heavenly and scorching eight-time Tony Award-winning 2019 musical, mines ancient, but infinitely moldable Greek myths, bringing together the who’s-who of the classical world and blending their stories for a modern rendition by Anais Mitchell (music, book, and lyrics) and director, Rachel Chavkin. The brilliance of Mitchell’s writing is that by contemporizing the myths she has lost none of their charms while making them stunningly relevant to our times — thus even adding heft to them. The same Greek characters you’ve come to love have been resettled in a Depression-era version of New Orleans and tweaked with a dose of Henry James."