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Hadestown Reviews

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Average customer review: 3.5 star rating (3.5 Stars)

Number of reviews: 44

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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”.

4.0 star rating Mike K from Sacramento, California

COULD'VE BEEN AMAZING....BUT

Last night we saw Hadestown - the cast and story was amazing but their performance was diminished by the (poor) work of the folks running the sound board. The music was too loud (like being near the stage at a rock concert), a few cast members mics were too low so you couldn't hear some of their lines, and then at some points the mics were so loud they pierced your ears. Two groups of ladies in front of us on the way out summed it up....one said her ears were still ringing and the other said she had a headache from the volume. I understand that it was opening night, but somewhere along the way they must've done a full dress rehearsal where they would've heard the sound issues. For the price of the tickets, I would have liked a better experience. 😞

4.0 star rating from Norfolk, Virginia

THAT DAMN RECURRING THEME

Overall a great show. But if a show has a recurring musical theme that requires the male lead to use his falsetto, you better make sure he has a good falsetto. By the end I was rolling my eyes everytime it came back around. On the complete other hand, Persephone? HOLY SMOKES. Hades? Amazing. Euridyce? Incredible. The fates, Blew me away. So a lot more positive than negative.

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.

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