Amber Gray, who originated the role of Persephone in Hadestown, the Tony Award®-winning Best New Musical, will play her final performance at the Walter Kerr Theater (219 West 48th Street) on Saturday evening, February 19. Casting for the role of Persephone will be announced shortly.
Gray’s involvement in the seductive Tony Award-winning musical by Anaïs Mitchell began during early development readings with Tony Award-winning director Rachel Chavkin. She went on to star as the Queen of the Underworld in all three development productions before Hadestown premiered on Broadway in 2019: New York Theater Workshop (2016); the Citadel Theater in Edmonton, Canada (2017); and the National Theater in London (2018). For her performance, she received a Grammy Award®, an Outer Critics Circle Award and was nominated for the Tony® and Lucille Lortel® Awards.
In addition to Gray, the Broadway cast is led by Grammy Award winner Reeve Carney, Tony Award winner André De Shields, two-time Tony Award nominee Eva Noblezada, and Tony nominee Patrick Page. Awards. They are joined by Jewelle Blackman, Jessie Shelton and Kay Trinidad as Fates and Lana Gordon as Persephone’s replacement. The Workers chorus is played by Emily Afton, Malcolm Armwood, Timothy Hughes, Trent Saunders, Grace Yoo. The cast includes swingers Sojourner Brown, Tara Jackson, Tomás Matos, Sayo Oni, Yael “YaYa” Reich and T. Oliver Reid.
Tickets for Hadestown on Broadway are available at www.seatgeek.com/hadestown-tickets or by visiting the Walter Kerr Theater box office (219 West 48th Street).
The show grew out of Mitchell’s independent theater project which toured Vermont, which she later turned into an acclaimed album. Along with artistic collaborator Chavkin, Hadestown has been transformed into a genre-defying new musical that mixes modern American folk music with New Orleans-inspired jazz to reimagine an ancient tale of great scope.
After two intertwined love stories – that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone – Hadestown invites the audience on a hellish journey to the underworld and back. Mitchell’s seductive melodies and Chavkin’s poetic imagination pit industry against nature, doubt against faith, and fear against love. Performed by a dynamic ensemble of actors, dancers and singers, Hadestown offers a deeply resonant and hopeful theatrical experience.
Hadestown is the most honored show of the 2018-2019 season. In addition to the series’ eight Tony Awards, she has received 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. The show is already the highest-grossing musical in the history of the Walter Kerr Theater (219 West 48th Street).
Hadestown marks the first time in over a decade that a woman has written a solo musical, writing the music, lyrics and book, and it’s the fourth time in Broadway history. that a woman accomplishes this creative feat. It’s also the first time in Broadway history that the songwriter and director of a show have both won Tony Awards for their work.
The Broadway creative team includes Tony Award winner Rachel Hauck (set design), four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Krass (costume design), two-time Tony Award winner Bradley King (lighting design), award winners Tony Award winner Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz. (sound design), Obie Award® winner and Chita Rivera Award® winner David Neumann (choreography), Liam Robinson (musical direction and vocal arrangements), Tony Award winners Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose (arrangements and orchestrations), Ken Cerniglia (dramaturgy), and Stewart/Whitley (casting).
The North American tour is now on the road and will play in over 30 cities in its first season with more to be announced shortly. For the latest tour itinerary and other information, please visit: www.hadestown.com/tour
The original Broadway cast recording of Hadestown is also available on CD and streaming. The album was released digitally in the summer of 2019 and topped Billboard’s Broadway Records chart and debuted at #8 on the Top Albums chart. The CD edition includes a 64-page booklet and a two-disc set, while the triple-vinyl edition includes a 16-page booklet. Both editions include full song lyrics and never-before-seen photos of the Hadestown cast and creative team in the studio, plus other exclusive content.
In the fall of 2020, Mitchell released Working On A Song: The Lyrics of Hadestown, an illuminating book of lyrics and stories about his long process of building the musical over more than a decade. Working on a song is available from Penguin Random House.
Hadestown electrified audiences with its world premiere in 2016 at New York Theater Workshop, which is the longest-running show in the famous theater’s 40-year history. The production then received its Canadian premiere at the Citadel Theater in Edmonton in 2017, followed by a sold-out engagement in 2018 at the National Theater in London before Broadway. Hadestown was developed with funding from the Eli and Edythe Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center and was developed by The Ground Floor at the Berkeley Repertory Theater. Hadestown was co-designed by Ben t. Matches.