Elevator Thoughts (aka Tweet): Anaïs Mitchell’s Hadestown musical w/ Broadway Seattle and Seattle Theatre Group at Paramount Theatre on Halloween. Artistic, poetic, and clever. Dazzling yet dark visuals. Loved Marla Louissaint’s alto. #showsiveseen #hades #eurydice #orpheus
Synopsis from the Theatre: Come see how the world could be. Welcome to HADESTOWN, where a song can change your fate. Winner of eight 2019 Tony Awards® including Best Musical and the 2020 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Theater Album, this acclaimed new show from celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and innovative director Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) is a love story for today… and always. HADESTOWN intertwines two mythic tales — that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone — as it invites you on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back. Mitchell’s beguiling melodies and Chavkin’s poetic imagination pit industry against nature, doubt against faith, and fear against love. Performed by a vibrant ensemble of actors, dancers and singers, HADESTOWN is a haunting and hopeful theatrical experience that grabs you and never lets go.
Attended Performance Date: 10/31/23 – Opening night on Halloween of all days!
World Premiere: No
Several or Few Scenes: Several
Several or Few Settings/Locations: Medium to several
Static (Stationary) Set: Mostly yes
Prior Exposure/Knowledge Required: No, but it helps to know a little about basic Greek mythology
Defined Plot/Storyline: Yes
Live Band/Orchestra: There was a dedicated live band in the background and the actors also occasionally played instruments
Equity Actors: All
Total Number of Actors: 13
Perceived Pace of the Show: Medium speed
Length (Including Any Intermission): 2.5 hours
Was there an intermission? Yes
Was This the First Time I Attended a Production of this Show? No, I saw it last year at the same theatre in the front row!
Would I See It Again 3 Years from Now? Before I saw it last night, I would have said no. After I saw it last night, I’d say probably.
Other Rave(s) Not Mentioned in Elevator Thoughts
- Fates: The Fates (played by Marla Louissaint, Lizzie Markson, and Hannah Schree) stole the show in this production, especially with their tight acapella harmonies in “Nothing Changes.” I love Marla Louissaint’s deep, full, rich, developed alto voice.
- Lyrics: The lyrics were clever like Lin-Manuel Miranda’s but more beautifully chosen and more artistically delivered.
- Lighting: While the general aura of the musical was influenced by the darkness of the underworld, there were moments of dazzling allurement like in “Wait for Me” with the waving hanging lamps from the ceiling and the bulbs on the back wall. The light also enhanced the excitement when Hades exclaimed “I conduct the electric city!” The lanterns that the fates held in Orpheus’s journey from Hadestown added a wonderful feeling of unease.
- Treadmill Stage: Speaking of the long and lonely journey from Hadestown, the circular treadmill stage floor worked very well in this scene.
- “Our Lady of the Underground” Song: Persephone (played by Lana Gordon) really shined in this act 2 opening number.
- Comparison to Previous Production: I feel like this production was more tepid than what I saw last year at the same theatre. Maybe it’s the thrill of first impressions. That being said, you should definitely see this production if you have the opportunity.
- Invisible Performer: I’m mystified why they exciled the drummer behind the set where the audience couldn’t see. Everyone else in the band was visible!
Theatre Company: Broadway Across America National Tour and Seattle Theatre Group
Venue: Paramount Theatre
Venue Physical Address: 911 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101
Price: Medium to Expensive
Ticket Affordability Options: Seattle Theatre Group might partner with an organization you’re affiliated with for discount tickets. For example, I believe UW employees/students are eligible for an organization discount.
Dates: October 31 to November 5, 2023
Seating: Assigned Seating
Parking: Paid street parking and paid garage parking. The best parking garage is under the convention center w/ the entrance on Pike around the Pike and Terry intersection. Last I checked, this is one of the cheapest, least busy, and closest garages. Alternatively, you can probably find street parking as you move closer to the West Precinct (810 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101). Do NOT park where the Paramount subscribers park. Last I checked, they usually park in the garage attached to the Cheesecake Factory. It’ll take you at least 30 minutes to exit that garage after the show.
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@showsiveseen @Anaïs Mitchell's @Hadestown #musical w/ Broadway Seattle & @Seattle Theatre Group at Paramount Theatre on #Halloween, directed by Rachel Chavkin. Artistic, poetic, & clever. Dazzling yet dark visuals. Loved @Marla Louissaint's alto. Review: showsiveseen.com/7040 #showsiveseen #hades #eurydice #orpheus #persephone #theatre #hadestown #hermes #fates #underworld #hell ♬ Way Down Hadestown (Live) – Original Cast of Hadestown
|Orpheus|| Colin Lemoine (10/31 & 11/3)|
Jordan Bollwerk (11/1 & 11/2)
John Krause (11/4 & 11/5)
|Hades||Matthew Patrick Quinn|
|Fates||Marla Louissaint, Lizzie Markson, Hannah Schreer|
|Workers Chorus||Sevon Askew, Jamal Lee Harris, Courtney Lauster, Daniel Tracht, Racquel Williams|
|Swings||Ian Coulter-Buford, KC Dela Cruz, Colin Lemoine, Cecilia Trippiedi|
|Understudy for Orpheus||Colln Lemoine, Daniel Tracht|
|Understudy for Eurydice||KC Dela Cruz, Courtney Lauster|
|Understudy for Persephone||Marla Louissaint, Racquel Williams|
|Understudy for Hades||Sevon Askew, Jamal Lee Harris|
|Understudy for Hermes||Sevon Askew, Ian Coulter-Buford|
|Understudy for Fates||KC Dela Cruz, Courtney Lauster, Cecilia Trippiedi, Racquel Williams|
|Dance Captain||Cecilia Trippiedi|
|Fight Captain||Ian Coulter-Buford|
|Assistant Dance Captain||KC Dela Cruz|
|Composer, Lyricist, & Playwright||Anaïs Mitchell|
|Scenic Designer||Rachel Hauck|
|Orchestration Arranger||Michael Chorney, Todd Sickafoose|
|Music Coordinator||David Lai|
|Hair Design||Jennifer Mullins|
|Music Supervisor & Vocal Arranger||Liam Robinson|
|Associate Choreographer||Katie Rose McLaughlin|
|Costume Designer||Michael Krass|
|Music Director||Eric Kang|
|Production Stage Manager||Joel Rosen|
|Lighting Designer||Bradley King|
|Company Manager||Denny Daniello|
|Co-Sound Designer||Nevin Steinberg, Jessica Paz|
|General Manager||RCI Theatricals, Beverly Edwards|
|Stage Managers||Joel Rosen, Annelise Castleberry, Vanessa Coakley|
|Cello/Assistant Conductor||Kely Pinheiro|
|Double Bass||Calvin Jones|