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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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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.

1.0 star rating Annie and Rich from Providence, Rhode Island

VERY DISAPPOINTING

We have seen well over 50 shows on Broadway, some twice. However, we cannot fathom how this show received 8 Toni awards. It was the most depressing musical we've seen, we walked out at Intermission. We commend the cast for their efforts but even that could not save this show. Worst Production we've ever seen.

1.0 star rating Paul Houston from Cincinnati, Ohio

NOT NEAR THE ORIGINAL

I have seen this show in NYC a bunch of times. The Cincinnati version of Hermes is awful and not at all in line with the original. He sounds exactly like SNL's Keenan Thompson in the David Pumpkins skits. Not flattering. Orpheus was the best of the bunch but lacked energy and had zero chemistry with Eurydice. This was my 7th time seeing it and my expectations were unmet. Unsure why the sound is so terrible in this facility but it is an ongoing issue with multiple productions.

1.0 star rating DBE from Richmond, Virginia

COULDN’T UNDERSTAND 90% OF LYRICS

Orchestra seats but off to the side- obstructed view but not advertised as such. We left at intermission

1.0 star rating Christine from Toronto, Ontario

LAMENTABLE JOURNEY TO HADESTOWN: A DISAPPOINTING BROADWAY MISFIRE

It is with a heavy heart and a profound sense of disappointment that I must convey my experience of the Broadway musical, Hadestown. This supposed theatrical gem, which promised an enchanting journey into the depths of Greek mythology, ultimately proved to be an arduous ordeal filled with choppy storytelling, lackluster character development, subpar singing, and an atmosphere so stifling it could only be described as a punishment in its own right. From the very beginning, Hadestown struggled to establish a cohesive narrative, leaving me perplexed and disconnected from the events unfolding on stage. The story between the characters felt woefully underdeveloped, rendering their motivations and relationships obscure at best. Any semblance of emotional investment was quickly shattered by the haphazard pacing, which left crucial plot points dangling, devoid of the necessary context for comprehension. One would hope that the saving grace of a musical lies in its songs, but alas, Hadestown failed even in this regard. The subpar singing and lackluster musical numbers did little to elevate the overall experience. The melodies lacked the power and emotional depth one would expect from a Broadway production, leaving me yearning for the stirring harmonies and captivating compositions that define the genre's finest works. Unfortunately, the lackluster performances were not the only factor detracting from the show's appeal. The Royal Alexander Theater itself proved to be an inhospitable furnace of discomfort (if felt like i was in hell - Hadestown). The oppressive heat and stuffiness permeating the auditorium overshadowed any chance of enjoyment. Shockingly, despite the pleas of numerous audience members during intermission, the theater staff disregarded their pleas for relief, callously ignoring requests to turn on the air conditioning. It was a truly disheartening display of indifference toward the patrons' comfort. The lack of air circulation became such a pressing issue that the ushers themselves were forced to resort to handheld mini fans, as if acknowledging the deplorable conditions and attempting to provide some modicum of relief. This desperate measure only served to highlight the theater's negligence, emphasizing the complete disregard for the audience's well-being and undermining the legitimacy of the establishment itself. In conclusion, Hadestown is a regrettable production that fails to deliver on its promises. Its disjointed narrative, insufficient character development, underwhelming musical performances, and appalling disregard for audience comfort make it a cautionary tale for theatergoers seeking an immersive and satisfying experience. It is my solemn duty to warn prospective viewers of this ill-fated journey to Hadestown, in the hopes that they may find solace in other, more deserving productions that grace the illustrious stages of Broadway.

1.0 star rating Marie from Toronto, Ontario

HORRIBLE. LEFT AT INTERMISSION.

I feel bad saying this, but this production was horrible. Torturous to sit through. We left at intermission and it took everything in us to last until that point. We have never left a show, but couldn't bear another minute, that's how bad it was. The cast were SCREAMING the songs. We couldn't understand 99% of what the Hermes vocalist was singing and his voice was like nails on a chalkboard. The set, plot, costumes, and songs were all lackluster. We couldn't follow the story. At intermission there were many people complaining and leaving. No one could understand Hermes. The only saving grace was the Hades vocalist. He was exceptional. But out of the dozens of musicals we've seen, this one is by far the worst. It was truly painful. What a waste of $600 for our tickets.

1.0 star rating Wayne McLennan from Toronto, Ontario

VERY DISAPPOINTING SHOW. LEFT AT INTERMISSION

My Partner and I have seen many Broadway shows both in New York and Toronto. This show proved to be one of the most disappointing musicals we have seen. Couldn't understand why it won Tony awards. Although based on the Greek myth of Orpheus and Euridice, this show lacked a compelling and engaging storyline even though the source material was very rich. The male lead playing Orpheus in the Toronto production at the Royal Alexander Theatre has a shrill falsetto voice which was hard on the ears. The setting in Creole New Orleans was interesting but the sound system was terrible. We could barely understand what the actors were singing. It really didn't matter though as the songs were lacklustre. Not one memorable song in the show. The show was very preachy as well. Lots of virtue signaling throughout. I go to a show to be entertained with beautiful music and choreography. I don't expect to be lectured. In any case, we chose to leave during Intermission to save our ears and enjoy the remainder of our evening. Suggest you save your money and pass on this show. BTW...the seating in the Orchestra at the Royal Alex, Toronto, was very old and uncomfortable too. Suggest that the theatre desperately needs a Reno. Looks very tired indeed.

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