Strand Book Store is presenting Tony, Grammy and Outer Critics Circle Award winning singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell in conversation with Tony award-nominated and Grammy winner Patrick Page as they celebrate the release of Anaïs’ book, Working on a Song: The Lyrics of Hadestown, with an online book launch on Wednesday, October 7th at 7:00 pm.
This is a ticketed event. Each book ticket includes a single-use login for the virtual event and, if you order a book ticket, one copy of Working on a Song. The first 150 book orders will include a signed bookplate.
A stunning book of lyrics from Hadestown, the winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, annotated and explained by the playwright and lyricist herself.
On Broadway, this modern telling of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice has been a runaway success. Heralded as “The best new musical of the season,” by the Wall Street Journal, and “Sumptuous. Gorgeous. As good as it gets,” by the New York Times, this show is the breakout hit of 2019, and is positioned to be a longtime Broadway favorite with its poignant social commentary (a true “climate change” musical), to the tune of spellbinding music and lyrics.
In this book, Anais Mitchell takes readers inside her 12 year process of writing, scoring, and singing this musical—her inspiration, breaking down the lyrics, and offering thoughtful annotations of Hadestown. Fans of the musical will love this all access, backstage pass to the year’s number one musical.
Anaïs Mitchell is a singer-songwriter who comes from the world of narrative folksong, poetry, and balladry. Among her recorded works are six full-length albums including the original studio album of Hadestown (2010, featuring Justin Vernon and Ani DiFranco); Young Man in America (2012); and Bonny Light Horseman (2020, with folk band Bonny Light Horseman). Mitchell has headlined concerts around the world. Awards include a Tony Award for Best Score for Hadestown. Her albums have been featured in year-end best lists including NPR, Wall Street Journal, Guardian, and Sunday Times. Hadestown is Mitchell’s first musical. She was recently named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020.
Patrick Page received a Tony Award nomination for his work in Hadestown on Broadway after starring as Hades in the off-Broadway, Citadel Theatre and National Theatre productions. Other Broadway: The Inquisitor in Saint Joan, Valentina in Casa Valentina, Buckley in Time to Kill, Adult Men in Spring Awakening, DeGuiche in Cyrano de Bergerac, Green Goblin in Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, Henry VIII in A Man for All Seasons, Decius Brutus in Julius Caesar, Scar in The Lion King, The Grinch in Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast, and Mackie in The Kentucky Cycle. Other New York: Cymbeline in Cymbeline (New York Shakespeare Festival/Delacort), Max in The Sound of Music (Carnegie Hall). Regional: Page recently created the roles of Dom Claude Frollo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame at La Jolla Playhouse and Papermill Playhouse, and Captain Dragutin Dimitrijevic in Rajiv Joseph’s Archduke at the Mark Taper Forum. He is an Associate Artist of The Old Globe in San Diego (Cyrano, Malvolio), and the Shakespeare Theater Company in Washington, D.C. (Coriolanus, Prospero, Macbeth, Iago, Claudius). Television: recurring roles on “Elementary,” “Madam Secretary,” “Flesh and Bone” and guest starring roles on “Evil,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “The Good Wife,” “The Blacklist,” “Chicago P.D.,” and “Law and Order: S.V.U”.
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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. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.
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