HADESTOWN Celebrates 100th Broadway Performance; Tony Award Winner André De Shields Takes Party to Street When Blackout Engulfs Midtown Manhattan

Hadestown, the winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, celebrated 100 performances on Broadway with today’s matinee at The Walter Kerr Theatre in New York. The company gathered on the stage of the Walter Kerr to pose with their fabulous cake created by Marissa Gonzales.

The company of HADESTOWN celebrated 100 performances on the stage of The Walter Kerr Theatre in New York on July 13, 2019. Photo by Lia Chang

Update- Blackout Blues July 14, 2019 #oohitsablackout

As the cast prepared for their evening performance, Halle Kiefer of Vulture.com reported “a large power outage hit Manhattan Saturday evening, affecting parts of midtown Manhattan into the Upper West Side as of 7p.m. According to Con Edison, approximately 42,000 customers have lost power, including the paying customers attending tonight’s Broadway performances.

Rather than let their audiences shuffle home in silence, however, casts from musicals like Hadestown, Come From Away and Waitress, as well as performers who practiced all the way to Carnegie Hall, decided the show must go on and took their talents to the street.”

Tony Award winner André De Shields celebrated 100 performances on the stage of The Walter Kerr Theatre in New York on July 13, 2019. Photo by Lia Chang

Tony Award winner André De Shields and the company of Hadestown took  audience members to church singing the “Blackout Blues,” improvised on the sidewalk in front of The Walter Kerr Theatre. Check out the video below posted by cast member Kimberly Marable.

Vulture​.com: Hadestown, Waitress the Musical, Come From Away Casts Serenade the Streets During New York City Blackout 

pagesix.com: Broadway’s ‘Hadestown’ hosts impromptu show after blackout

People.com: Performers Took Broadway Musicals to the Streets During the N.Y.C. Blackout

Grammy.com: The Show Must Go On: “Hadestown” & “Waitress” Casts Take To The Streets Amid NYC Blackout

HADESTOWN's cast members T. Oliver Reid, Afra Hines, André De Shields, Khaila Wilcoxon, Tim Hughes, Jessie Shelton, John Krause, Kimberly Marable, Kay Trinidad, Jewelle Blackman, Ahmad Simmons, Malcolm Armwood and producer Mara Isaacs celebrated 100 performances on the stage of The Walter Kerr Theatre in New York on July 13, 2019. Photo by Lia Chang
HADESTOWN’s cast members T. Oliver Reid, Afra Hines, André De Shields, Khaila Wilcoxon, Tim Hughes, Jessie Shelton, John Krause, Kimberly Marable, Kay Trinidad, Jewelle Blackman, Ahmad Simmons, Malcolm Armwood and producer Mara Isaacs celebrated 100 performances on the stage of The Walter Kerr Theatre in New York on July 13, 2019. Photo by Lia Chang

Tickets are now on sale through July 5, 2020 at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48th Street) and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.com, by calling (877) 250-2929, or visiting the Kerr box office.

HADESTOWN Releases New Block of Tickets Through July 2020

The acclaimed new musical by celebrated singer-songwriter and Tony Award winner Anaïs Mitchell and developed with innovative director and Tony Award winner Rachel Chavkin is led by Outer Critics Circle Award nominee Reeve Carney, Tony Award winner André De Shields, Tony Award nominee Amber Gray, two-time Tony Award nominee Eva Noblezada, and Tony Award nominee Patrick Page. They are joined by Jewelle Blackman, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, and Kay Trinidad as the Fates. The Workers Chorus is played by Afra Hines, Timothy Hughes, John Krause, Kimberly Marable, and Ahmad Simmons. The full cast also includes swings Malcolm Armwood, T. Oliver Reid, Jessie Shelton, and Khaila Wilcoxon.

Front Row: HADESTOWN Choreographer David Neumann, Director Rachel Chavkin and Creator Anaïs Mitchell with the company. Photo by Lia Chang
Front Row: HADESTOWN Choreographer David Neumann, Director Rachel Chavkin and Creator Anaïs Mitchell with the company. Photo by Lia Chang

Hadestown is the most honored show of the 2018-2019 season. In addition to the show’s eight Tony Awards, it has been honored with four Drama Desk Awards, six Outer Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Broadway Musical and the Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical. The show is already the highest-grossing musical in the history of the Walter Kerr Theatre and continues to sell out nightly.

The company of HADESTOWN celebrated 100 performances on the stage of The Walter Kerr Theatre in New York on July 13, 2019. The cake was created by Marissa Gonzales. Photo by Lia Chang

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 time in Broadway history a woman has accomplished 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.

The company of HADESTOWN celebrated 100 performances on the stage of The Walter Kerr Theatre in New York on July 13, 2019. The cake was created by Marissa Gonzales. 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.

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

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang

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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