Inside the Opening Night Afterparty of HADESTOWN with André De Shields

Hadestown, the new Broadway musical by celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell, developed with and directed by Tony Award® nominee Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre, and The Great Come of 1812), kicked off opening night at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48thStreet) on April 17, 2019 with 3 Drama League nominations.

Amber Gray and André De Shields have been nominated for 2019 Drama League Awards. Photo by Lia Chang

Amber Gray and two-time Tony nominee André De Shields have received Drama League nods for Distinguished Performance and the production has been nominated for Outstanding Production of a Musical, Broadway or Off-Broadway.

Scroll down for my coverage of the curtain call at the theater and the afterparty at Guastavino’s.

Kay Trinidad, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Ahmad Simmons, Patrick Page, Jewelle Blackman, Amber Gray, André De Shields, Rachel Chavkin, Anaïs Mitchell, David Neumann, Afra Hines, Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney, Timothy Hughes, Kimberly Marable and John Krause. Photo by Lia Chang

Hadestown stars Reeve Carney stars as Orpheus, André De Shields as Hermes, Amber Gray as Persephone, Eva Noblezada as Eurydice and Patrick Page as Hades, fresh from the acclaimed National Theatre production in London. Previews began March 22nd.

The cast also includes Jewelle Blackman, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer and Kay Trinidad as the Fates. Afra Hines, Timothy Hughes, John Krause, Kimberly Marable and Ahmad Simmons play the chorus of workers, and the full cast also include swings Malcolm Armwood, T. Oliver Reid, Jessie Shelton, and Khaila Wilcoxon.

Hadestown marks the first time in over a decade that a woman has been the solo author of a musical: writing the music, lyrics, and book, and is the fourth woman in Broadway history to accomplish this creative feat. The show originated as Mitchell’s indie theater project that toured Vermont which she then turned into an acclaimed album. With Chavkin, her artistic collaborator, Hadestown has been transformed into a genre-defying new musical that blends modern American folk music with New Orleans-inspired jazz to reimagine a sweeping ancient tale.

Rachel Chavkin and Anaïs Mitchell. Photo by Lia Chang

Following two intertwining love stories – that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone –Hadestown invites audiences 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 delivers a deeply resonant and defiantly hopeful theatrical experience.

Todd Sickafoose, Liam Robinson, Rachel Hauck, David Neumann, Erica Sweany, Rachel Chavkin and Cody Owen Stine. Photo by Lia Chang

The creative team for Broadway features Drama Desk Award nominee Rachel Hauck (set design), three-time Tony Award nominee Michael Krass (costume design), Tony Award winner Bradley King (lighting design), Tony Award nominee Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz (sound design), three-time Bessie Award® winner David Neumann (choreography), Liam Robinson (music direction and vocal arrangements), Michael Chorney, Todd Sickafoose (arrangements and orchestrations), Ken Cerniglia (dramaturgy), and Stewart/Whitley (casting).

Jewelle Blackman, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Kay Tinidad, Ahmad Simmons, Eva Noblezada, Afra Hines, André De Shields, Amber Gray, Patrick Page, Timothy Hughes, Kimberly Marable, John Krause. Photo by Lia Chang
Front Row: Patrick Page, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney. Back Row: Kay Trinidad, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Ahmad Simmons, Afra Hines, André De Shields, Timothy Hughes, Kimberly Marable. Photo by Lia Chang
Kay Trinidad, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Jewelle Blackman, Ahmad Simmons, Patrick Page, Amber Gray, André De Shields, Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney, Afra Hines, Timothy Hughes, Kimbery Marable, John Krause. Photo by Lia Chang
Jewelle Blackman, Ahmad Simmons, Patrick Page, Amber Gray, André De Shields, Rachel Chavkin, Anaïs Mitchell, David Neumann, Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney, Afra Hines, Timothy Hughes. Photo by Lia Chang

Hadestown electrified audiences with its 2016 world premiere at New York Theatre Workshop before receiving its Canadian premiere at Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre in 2017. This winter’s sold-out engagement at the National Theatre in London recently ended its run at the Olivier Theatre. Hadestown was developed with funding from the Eli and Edythe Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center and was further developed by The Ground Floor at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Hadestown was co-conceived by Ben t. Matchstick.

Eva Noblezada and Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang

The Hadestown live original cast recording is available in stores and digitally. For more information on where to get the album and to sign up for email updates for Hadestown, please visit www.hadestown.com.

Adriana Stan, Zane Carney, Marti Heil, Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada, Lia Chang and Reeve Carney. Photo by Garth Kravits
André De Shields and Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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