Apple’s CEO Tim Cook Goes Way Down to HADESTOWN

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook recently stopped by HADESTOWN at the Walter Kerr and visited with Tony Award winners André De Shields, Anais Mitchell, Rachel Chavkin, Rachel Hauck and cast members Patrick Page, Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada and more backstage, and posed for photos after the performance.

Tim Cook, Anais Mitchell and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

HADESTOWN is the most honored show of the 2018-2019 Broadway 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.

Tim Cook, Eva Noblezada, André De Shields, Reeve Carney and Patrick Page. Photo by Lia Chang

The acclaimed new musical is by celebrated singer-songwriter and Tony Award winner Anaïs Mitchell and developed with innovative director and Tony Award winner Rachel Chavkin. 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.

Rachel Chavkin, Tim Cook, Anais Mitchell, André De Shields, Brian Brown Bartholomew, Chad, Lisa P. Jackson. Photo by Lia Chang

HADESTOWN is already the highest-grossing musical in the history of the Walter Kerr Theatre on Broadway (219 West 48th Street, New York) and continues to sell out nightly with a cast 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, Tony Award nominee Patrick Page, along with Jewelle Blackman, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, and Kay Trinidad as the Fates. The chorus of Workers is played by Afra Hines, Timothy Hughes, John Krause, Kimberly Marable, and Ahmad Simmons. The full company also includes swings Malcolm Armwood, T. Oliver Reid, Jessie Shelton, Damani Van Rensalier and Khaila Wilcoxon.

Lisa P. Jackson, Kenneth Jackson, Tim Cook, Anais Mitchell, Rachel Chavkin, Rachel Hauck. Photo by Lia Chang

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.

Anais Mitchell, Tim Cook and Rachel Chavkin. 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.

Patrick Page, Tim Cook, Paige Davis Kenneth Jackson, André De Shields, Lisa P. Jackson, Brian Brown Bartholomew. Photo by Lia Chang

The creative team for 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).

Patrick Page, Tim Cook and Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang

A National Tour of HADESTOWN will launch beginning in the Fall of 2020. In its first year, the tour will visit more than 30 cities coast to coast, including (alphabetically) Denver; Houston; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; New Orleans; Philadelphia; Tempe; and Washington, DC; with more to be announced shortly.

Tim Cook and Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang
Patrick Page and Tim Cook. Photo by Lia Chang
Kay Trinidad, Tim Cook, Jewelle Blackman, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Kay Trinidad, Tim Cook, Jewelle Blackman and Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer. Photo by Lia Chang
John Krause and Tim Cook. Photo by Lia Chang
Tim Cook and Ahmad Simmons. Photo by Lia Chang
Tim Cook and Liam Robinson. Photo by Lia Chang
Cherie B. Tay and Tim Cook. Photo by Lia Chang
Lisa P. Jackson, Beverly Jenkins and Tim Cook. Photo by Lia Chang
Lisa P. Jackson, Malcolm Armwood, Beverly Jenkins and Rachel Hauck. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields, Lisa P. Jackson and Malcolm Armwood. Photo by Lia Chang
Brian Brown Bartholomew and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Anais Mitchell, Chad and Rachel Chavkin. Photo by Lia Chang
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 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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