Hadestown – Musical – Paramount Theatre

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

See it, especially if you like unique musicals.

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!

Type: Musical

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

Tickets: https://seattle.broadway.com/shows/hadestown-2/

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
J. Antonio Rodriguez, Marla-Louissaint, Lizzie Markson, and Hannah Schreer in Hadestown North American Tour 2023. Photo by T Charles Erickson.
Matthew Patrick Quinn, J. Antonio Rodriguez, and Lana Gordon in Hadestown North American Tour 2023. Photo by T Charles Erickson.
Hadestown North American Tour 2023. Photo by T Charles Erickson.
Amaya Braganza in Hadestown North American Tour 2023. Photo by T Charles Erickson.
J. Antonio Rodriguez and company in Hadestown North American Tour 2023. Photo by T Charles Erickson.
Lana Gordon and company in Hadestown North American Tour 2023. Photo by T Charles Erickson.
Will Mann, Amaya Braganza, J. Antonio Rodriguez, and Company in Hadestown North American Tour 2023. Photo by T Charles Erickson.
Eurydice Amaya Braganza
Orpheus Colin Lemoine (10/31 & 11/3)
Jordan Bollwerk (11/1 & 11/2)
John Krause (11/4 & 11/5)
Persephone Lana Gordon
HadesMatthew Patrick Quinn
HermesWill Mann
FatesMarla Louissaint, Lizzie Markson, Hannah Schreer
Workers ChorusSevon Askew, Jamal Lee Harris, Courtney Lauster, Daniel Tracht, Racquel Williams
SwingsIan Coulter-Buford, KC Dela Cruz, Colin Lemoine, Cecilia Trippiedi
Understudy for OrpheusColln Lemoine, Daniel Tracht
Understudy for EurydiceKC Dela Cruz, Courtney Lauster
Understudy for PersephoneMarla Louissaint, Racquel Williams
Understudy for HadesSevon Askew, Jamal Lee Harris
Understudy for HermesSevon Askew, Ian Coulter-Buford
Understudy for FatesKC Dela Cruz, Courtney Lauster, Cecilia Trippiedi, Racquel Williams
Dance CaptainCecilia Trippiedi
Fight Captain Ian Coulter-Buford
Assistant Dance Captain KC Dela Cruz
DirectorRachel Chavkin
ChoreographerDavid Neumann
Composer, Lyricist, & PlaywrightAnaïs Mitchell
Scenic DesignerRachel Hauck
Orchestration ArrangerMichael Chorney, Todd Sickafoose
Music CoordinatorDavid Lai
Hair DesignJennifer Mullins
Music Supervisor & Vocal ArrangerLiam Robinson
Associate ChoreographerKatie Rose McLaughlin
Costume DesignerMichael Krass
Music DirectorEric Kang
Production Stage ManagerJoel Rosen
Lighting DesignerBradley King
DramaturgKen Cerniglia
Company ManagerDenny Daniello
Co-Sound DesignerNevin Steinberg, Jessica Paz
General ManagerRCI Theatricals, Beverly Edwards
Stage ManagersJoel Rosen, Annelise Castleberry, Vanessa Coakley
Conductor/PianoEric Kang
Cello/Assistant ConductorKely Pinheiro
ViolinClare Armenante
GuitarMichiko Egger
Trombone/GlockenspielEmily Fredrickson
Double BassCalvin Jones
Drums/PercussionEladio Rojas

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