Saturday, November 02, 2019

My Thoughts On Hadestown

HadestownA couple of weeks ago, I went to see Hadestown on Broadway. Now normally, I post a review a day or two after I see it. However sometimes other things take precedence. Which is why I'm just getting around to it today. So what did I think of it? Well first of all on the day of the show, New York was being hit by a huge rainstorm.

Yes I know. That's why we have umbrellas right? Well umbrellas didn't help on that day. To say it was a mess was an understatement. It was awful. Therefore the last thing I wanted to do was seat in a theatre while soaked to the bone. Free ticket or not. In fact, I headed to the theatre that night prepared to give my ticket away to the first person in the cancellation line.

Then something interesting happened. I was just a few feet away from the theatre, when I saw the marquee. Now going in that night, I knew a little bit about the show. I knew it was about the fateful love story of Orpheus and Eurydice, as well as the tumultuous relationship of King Hades and his wife Persephone.

And of course I knew it had won eight Tony Awards including Best Musical of the Year. Therefore it had to be good right? Anyway, back to the marquee. Looking back on it now, I can't explain what it was. Maybe it was the image of the red flower that lit up 48th Street. Or maybe it's the fact that I am composer myself, and I love nothing better than seeing an original show on Broadway. Regardless of what it was, I decided to ignore my wet clothes and head into the theatre.

Now when I first moved here, I wanted to see everything. I didn't care what it was. However in the last ten or twelve years, my tastes have changed considerably. Not too mention the fact that I am tired of all of these musicals based on movies and cartoons. Don't get me wrong. They definitely have their place. I just prefer more original and unique work. Like Hadestown. Now is the show for everyone? Honestly? Probably not. It is as my co-worker Todd calls it, "Artsy."

Not that that's a bad thing. But that's what's so great about the New York theatre scene. There's plenty of shows for everybody. Oh and just in case you are wondering. I loved the show. It is far and away one of the most thrilling and unique shows that I have seen in years. So those are my thoughts on Hadestown. I realize it took me a long time to get to it. What can I say? Every show I see has a story that goes with it. Until next time theatre fans.

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