HADESTOWN Announces Digital Lottery, General Rush, and Standing Room

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

Hadestown begins previews on Friday, March 22 ahead of a Wednesday, April 17 opening night and has announced its digital lottery, general rush, and standing room policies.

The company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
The company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang

The Hadestown digital lottery, hosted by Lucky Seat, is now accepting entries beginning for Friday’s first performance, and will be accepted until 11 AM ET on Thursday, the day before the performance. To enter, please visit: www.luckyseat.com/Hadestown-NewYork. Fans who have been selected will be notified daily via email or SMS message and can then purchase up to two tickets at $42.50 each. The lottery will then continue on a rolling basis for every performance of Hadestown. The digital lottery is limited to one entry per person and tickets must be purchased online with a credit card by 4 PM ET the day before the performance. Tickets may be picked up at the Walter Kerr box office (219 West 48th Street) starting two hours prior to the performance with a valid photo ID required.

Reeve Carney as Orpheus and Eva Noblezada as Eurydice. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney as Orpheus and Eva Noblezada as Eurydice. Photo by Lia Chang

The general rush for Hadestown will begin on Friday, March 22. Subject to availability, when the box office of the Walter Kerr Theatre opens, a limited number of rush tickets may be made available. General rush tickets are $42.50 each and can be purchased with cash or credit card. On two-show days, rush tickets for both the matinee and evening performances may be available when the box office opens.

Reeve Carney and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang

The standing room policy will begin with the first performance immediately following Hadestown’s opening night. Standing room tickets will only be made available if the performance is sold out and will not be sold until the day of the performance. Standing room tickets will be priced at $39 per ticket. They can be purchased with cash or credit card at the Kerr box office and there is a limit of two tickets per person.

Tickets can also be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, by calling (877) 250-2929, or visiting the Kerr box office.

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

Written by celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and developed with innovative director and Tony Award® nominee Rachel Chavkin, the cast of Hadestown is led by the acclaimed actors from its sold-out run at London’s National Theatre: Reeve Carney, André De Shields, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada, and 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 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.

Amber Gray as Persephone and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Amber Gray as Persephone and the company of HADESTOWN. 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.

Patrick Page, Anaïs Mitchell and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Patrick Page, Anaïs Mitchell and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang

Hadestown is produced by Mara Isaacs, Dale Franzen, Hunter Arnold, and Tom Kirdahy.

Eva Noblezada and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada and the company of HADESTOWN. 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).

The company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
The company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang

Hadestown electrified audiences with its 2016 world premiere at New York Theatre Workshop, which is the longest-running show in that celebrated theater’s 40-year history. The production then received its Canadian premiere at Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre in 2017 and then a sold-out engagement at the London’s National Theatre prior to Broadway. 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.

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.

Reeve Carney, André De Shields, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada, Patrick Page and More in Preview of Anaïs Mitchell’s HADESTOWN 

Lia Chang
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.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2019 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

Reeve Carney, André De Shields, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada, Patrick Page and More in Preview of Anaïs Mitchell’s HADESTOWN

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

The eagerly anticipated new Broadway musical Hadestown by celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell, developed with and directed by Tony Award® nominee Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre, and The Great Come of 1812), begins previews on Friday, March 22 ahead of a Wednesday, April 17 official opening night at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48thStreet). The cast met the press on the Walter Kerr stage on Monday afternoon and performed four numbers from the show.

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

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

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

Anaïs Mitchell. Photo by Lia Chang
Anaïs Mitchell. Photo by Lia Chang

Anaïs Mitchell kicked off the afternoon with “Why We Build The Wall,” and was joined by the full company.

André De Shields as Orpheus, Eva Noblezada as Eurydice, Patrick Page as Hades, Amber Gray as Persephone, Anaïs Mitchell and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields as Orpheus, Jewelle Blackman, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer and Kay Trinidad as the Fates, Eva Noblezada as Eurydice, Patrick Page as Hades, Amber Gray as Persephone, Anaïs Mitchell and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields as Orpheus, Eva Noblezada as Eurydice, Patrick Page as Hades, Amber Gray as Persephone, Anaïs Mitchell and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields as Orpheus, Jewelle Blackman, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer and Kay Trinidad as the Fates, Eva Noblezada as Eurydice, Patrick Page as Hades, Amber Gray as Persephone, Anaïs Mitchell and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Patrick Page, Anaïs Mitchell and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Patrick Page, Anaïs Mitchell and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Patrick Page as Hades. Photo by Lia Chang
Patrick Page as Hades. Photo by Lia Chang
Patrick Page as Hades. Photo by Lia Chang
Patrick Page as Hades. Photo by Lia Chang
Patrick Page as Hades. Photo by Lia Chang
Patrick Page as Hades. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields as Orpheus, Eva Noblezada as Eurydice, Patrick Page as Hades, Amber Gray as Persephone, Anaïs Mitchell and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields as Orpheus, Jewelle Blackman, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer and Kay Trinidad as the Fates, Eva Noblezada as Eurydice, Patrick Page as Hades, Amber Gray as Persephone, Anaïs Mitchell and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields as Hermes. Photo by Lia Chang

Amber Gray led “Livin’ It Up,” with the cast.

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
The company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
The company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada as Eurydice, Amber Gray as Persephone and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada as Eurydice, Amber Gray as Persephone and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Amber Gray as Persephone and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Amber Gray as Persephone and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada as Eurydice, Amber Gray as Persephone and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada as Eurydice, Amber Gray as Persephone and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada as Eurydice, Amber Gray as Persephone and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada as Eurydice, Amber Gray as Persephone and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
The company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
The company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Amber Gray as Persephone and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Amber Gray as Persephone and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Amber Gray as Persephone, Eva Noblezada as Eurydice, Reeve Carney as Orpheus and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Amber Gray as Persephone, Eva Noblezada as Eurydice, Reeve Carney as Orpheus and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Amber Gray as Persephone, Eva Noblezada as Eurydice, Reeve Carney as Orpheus and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada as Eurydice, Amber Gray as Persephone, Timothy R. Hughes, Reeve Carney as Orpheus , Kimberly Marable and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada as Eurydice, Amber Gray as Persephone, Timothy R. Hughes, Reeve Carney as Orpheus , Kimberly Marable and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada as Eurydice, Amber Gray as Persephone, Timothy R. Hughes, Reeve Carney as Orpheus , Kimberly Marable and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang

Reeve Carney and Eva Noblezada sang “All I’ve Ever Known”.

Eva Noblezada as Eurydice and Reeve Carney as Orpheus. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada as Eurydice and Reeve Carney as Orpheus. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney as Orpheus and Eva Noblezada as Eurydice. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney as Orpheus and Eva Noblezada as Eurydice. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada as Eurydice and Reeve Carney as Orpheus. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada as Eurydice and Reeve Carney as Orpheus. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada as Eurydice and Reeve Carney as Orpheus. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada as Eurydice and Reeve Carney as Orpheus. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada as Eurydice and Reeve Carney as Orpheus. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada as Eurydice and Reeve Carney as Orpheus. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney as Orpheus and Eva Noblezada as Eurydice. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney as Orpheus and Eva Noblezada as Eurydice. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney as Orpheus and Eva Noblezada as Eurydice. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney as Orpheus and Eva Noblezada as Eurydice. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney and Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney and Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney as Orpheus and Eva Noblezada as Eurydice. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney as Orpheus and Eva Noblezada as Eurydice. Photo by Lia Chang

Director Rachel Chavkin introduced “Wait for Me” led by André De Shields and Reeve Carney.

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields as Hermes and Reeve Carney as Orpheus. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields as Hermes and Reeve Carney as Orpheus. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields as Hermes and Reeve Carney as Orpheus. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields as Hermes and Reeve Carney as Orpheus. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney and Kay Trinidad. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney and Kay Trinidad. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney and Kay Karns. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney and Kay Trinidad. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang
The company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
The company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
The company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
The company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields as Hermes and Reeve Carney as Orpheus. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields as Hermes and Reeve Carney as Orpheus. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields as Hermes. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields as Hermes. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields as Hermes and Reeve Carney as Orpheus. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields as Hermes and Reeve Carney as Orpheus. Photo by Lia Chang
Kay Trinidad. Photo by Lia Chang
Kay Trinidad. Photo by Lia Chang

Preview performances for Hadestown begin Friday, March 22 ahead of a Wednesday, April 17 official opening night at the Walter Kerr Theatre.

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.

Reeve Carney as Orpheus and Eva Noblezada as Eurydice. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney as Orpheus and Eva Noblezada as Eurydice. 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.

David Neumann, Anaïs Mitchell and Rachel Chavkin. Photo by Lia Chang
David Neumann, Anaïs Mitchell and Rachel Chavkin. 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).

Liam Robinson. Photo by Lia Chang
Liam Robinson. 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.

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

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.

Lia Chang and André De Shields. Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang and André De Shields. Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang
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.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2019 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

HADESTOWN Star Eva Noblezada Continues Solo Concert Residency at The Green Room 42 on March 17, March 31, April 7 and April 14  

Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang

Eva Noblezada, star of Hadestown on Broadway, and a Tony nominee for her star turn as Kim in the 2017 Miss Saigon revival, has returned to The Green Room 42 with her new show, Eva Noblezada: Ballad of a Broadway Twenty-Something.

Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang

Her show features a new selection of pop ballads, jazz standards and musical theater favorites. Rodney Bush serves as Music Director. After a record-breaking sell out run of her first solo show Girl No More, her current residency includes upcoming performances on Sunday, March 17, March 31, April 7 and April 14 at 7:00 P.M. Click here for tickets.

HADESTOWN stars Reeve Carney and Eva Noblezada begin previews at the Walter Kerr Theatre on March 22, 2019. Photo by Lia Chang
HADESTOWN stars Reeve Carney and Eva Noblezada begin previews at the Walter Kerr Theatre on March 22, 2019. Photo by Lia Chang

Eva is in tech for Anais Mitchell’s Hadestown, directed by Rachel Chavkin. She recently starred as Eurydice alongside Reeve Carney, Patrick Page, Amber Gray, and André De Shields in Anais Mitchell’s Hadestown at the Royal National Theatre in London and will reprise her role when Hadestown begins previews at the Walter Kerr Theatre on March 22, 2019.

HADESTOWN stars André De Shields, Amber Gray, Patrick Page, Eva Noblezada and Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang
HADESTOWN stars André De Shields, Amber Gray, Patrick Page, Eva Noblezada and Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang

Eva starred on Broadway in the title role of Cameron Mackintosh’s epic revival of the musical Miss Saigon last season and received a Tony Award nomination at the age of 21 for this role in her Broadway debut. She previously starred in the long-running London revival of the show, for which she received the WhatsOnStage Award for “Best Actress in a Musical.” She also played Eponine in the West End revival of the legendary musical Les Miserables. Noblezada was a high school student in Charlotte, NC, when she was discovered by casting director Tara Rubin at the 2013 Jimmy Awards in New York City. Rubin introduced her to Mackintosh and director Laurence Connor, who chose her to star in their long-awaited hit 2014 West End revival of Miss Saigon.

Jude Obermuller and Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Jude Obermuller and Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Jude Obermuller. Photo by Lia Chang
Jude Obermuller. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang

Eva Noblezada performs at The Green Room 42 (570 Tenth Avenue at 42nd Street, on the 4th Floor of Yotel) on March 17, March 31, April 7 and April 14 at 7:00 PM. The cover changes is $35-$85. There is no food and drink minimum. For tickets, please visit www.TheGreenRoom42.com.

Daniel Dunlow and Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia chang
Daniel Dunlow and Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Claire Ortuzar, Jude Obermuller, Eva Noblezada and Leo Roberts. Photo by Lia Chang
Claire Ortuzar, Jude Obermuller, Eva Noblezada and Leo Roberts. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney, Leo Roberts, Eva Noblezada, Devin Ilaw, Jude Obermuller, and Claire Ortuzar. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney, Leo Roberts, Eva Noblezada, Devin Ilaw, Jude Obermuller, and Claire Ortuzar. Photo by Lia Chang

London’s National Theatre Cast of HADESTOWN including Reeve Carney, André De Shields, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada, and Patrick Page to Reprise Roles on Broadway 

Reeve Carney, André De Shields, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada, Patrick Page and More Celebrate HADESTOWN Opening Night at National Theatre

Reeve Carney, André De Shields, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada, Patrick Page and more Open in HADESTOWN at National Theatre on November 13 

Lia Chang
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.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2019 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

HADESTOWN Star Eva Noblezada Returns in Concert to The Green Room 42 on February 25, March 10 and March 17

Eva Noblezada. Photo: Facebook
Eva Noblezada. Photo: Facebook
Eva Noblezada. Photo: Facebook

Eva Noblezada, star of Hadestown on Broadway, and a Tony nominee for her star turn as Kim in the 2017 Miss Saigon revival, returns to The Green Room 42 in Eva Noblezada: Ballad of a Broadway Twenty-Something. After a record-breaking sell out run of her first solo show, and much anticipation, Eva returns with an all new show, back my public demand on Monday, February 25, Sunday, March 10 and Sunday, March 17. Click here for tickets.

Patrick Page, Amber Gray, André De Shields, Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney. Photo by Bronwen Sharp
Patrick Page, Amber Gray, André De Shields, Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney. Photo by Bronwen Sharp

Eva recently starred as Eurydice alongside Reeve Carney, Patrick Page, Amber Gray, and André De Shields in Anais Mitchell’s Hadestown at the Royal National Theatre in London and will reprise her role when Hadestown begins previews on March 22, 2019.

London’s National Theatre Cast of HADESTOWN including Reeve Carney, André De Shields, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada, and Patrick Page to Reprise Roles on Broadway 

Patrick Page, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada and Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang
Patrick Page, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada and Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang

She starred on Broadway in the title role of Cameron Mackintosh’s epic revival of the musical Miss Saigon last season and received a Tony Award nomination at the age of 21 for this role in her Broadway debut. She previously starred in the long-running London revival of the show, for which she received the WhatsOnStage Award for “Best Actress in a Musical.” She also played Eponine in the West End revival of the legendary musical Les Miserables. Noblezada was a high school student in Charlotte, NC, when she was discovered by casting director Tara Rubin at the 2013 Jimmy Awards in New York City. Rubin introduced her to Mackintosh and director Laurence Connor, who chose her to star in their long-awaited hit 2014 West End revival of Miss Saigon.

Reeve Carney as Orpheus and Eva Noblezada as Eurydice. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney as Orpheus and Eva Noblezada as Eurydice. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

She starred on Broadway in the title role of Cameron Mackintosh’s epic revival of the musical Miss Saigon last season and received a Tony Award nomination at the age of 21 for this role in her Broadway debut. She previously starred in the long-running London revival of the show, for which she received the WhatsOnStage Award for “Best Actress in a Musical.” She also played Eponine in the West End revival of the legendary musical Les Miserables. Noblezada was a high school student in Charlotte, NC, when she was discovered by casting director Tara Rubin at the 2013 Jimmy Awards in New York City. Rubin introduced her to Mackintosh and director Laurence Connor, who chose her to star in their long-awaited hit 2014 West End revival of Miss Saigon.

London’s National Theatre Cast of HADESTOWN including Reeve Carney, André De Shields, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada, and Patrick Page to Reprise Roles on Broadway 

Reeve Carney, André De Shields, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada, Patrick Page and More Celebrate HADESTOWN Opening Night at National Theatre

Reeve Carney, André De Shields, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada, Patrick Page and more Open in HADESTOWN at National Theatre on November 13 

Lia Chang
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.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2019 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

Rehearsals Kick Off for Complete Cast of HADESTOWN

André De Shields as Hermes in HADESTOWN. Photo by Helen Maybanks

Today, producers Mara Isaacs, Dale Franzen, Hunter Arnold, and Tom Kirdahy announced complete casting for Hadestown, the new musical by celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell, developed with innovative director and Tony Award nominee Rachel Chavkin.

André De Shields as Hermes in HADESTOWN. Photo by Helen Maybanks
André De Shields as Hermes in HADESTOWN. Photo by Helen Maybanks

Joining the previously announced principal cast of Reeve Carney, André De Shields, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada, and Patrick Page will be Jewelle Blackman, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, and Kay Trinidad as the Fates. The chorus of Workers will be played by Afra Hines, Timothy Hughes, John Krause, Kimberly Marable, and Ahmad Simmons. The full cast will also include swings Malcolm Armwood, T. Oliver Reid, Jessie Shelton, and Khaila Wilcoxon.

Patrick Page, Amber Gray, André De Shields, Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney. Photo by Bronwen Sharp
Patrick Page, Amber Gray, André De Shields, Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney. Photo by Bronwen Sharp

Preview performances for Hadestown begin Friday, March 22 ahead of a Wednesday, April 17 official opening night at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48th Street). Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or by calling (877) 250-2929 with the Walter Kerr box office opening on Tuesday, February 19.

Co-Producer Mara Isaacs, Director Rachel Chavkin, André De Shields, Anais Mitchell and Co-Producer Dale Franzen at the opening party of HADESTOWN at the National Theatre in London on November 13, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang
Co-Producer Mara Isaacs, Director Rachel Chavkin, André De Shields, Anais Mitchell and Co-Producer Dale Franzen at the opening party of HADESTOWN at the National Theatre in London on November 13, 2018. 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 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.

Reeve Carney as Orpheus and Eva Noblezada as Eurydice. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney as Orpheus and Eva Noblezada as Eurydice. 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.

Patrick Page, Rachel Chavkin and Amber Gray. Photo by Lia Chang
Patrick Page, Rachel Chavkin and Amber Gray. 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).

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.

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.

André De Shields to Helm Duke Ellington’s SOPHISTICATED LADIES at NJPAC, March 21 – 24 

London’s National Theatre Cast of HADESTOWN including Reeve Carney, André De Shields, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada, and Patrick Page to Reprise Roles on Broadway

Patrick Page, Amber Gray, André De Shields, Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney. Photo by Bronwen Sharp

The Broadway premiere of Hadestown will star Reeve Carney as Orpheus, André De Shields as Hermes, Amber Gray as Persephone, Eva Noblezada as Eurydice, and Patrick Page as Hades. The acclaimed principals come to Broadway direct from Hadestown‘s sold-out run at London’s National Theatre which ended this Saturday.

Patrick Page, Amber Gray, André De Shields, Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney. Photo by Bronwen Sharp
Patrick Page, Amber Gray, André De Shields, Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney. Photo by Bronwen Sharp

The new musical by celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell, developed with innovative director and Tony Award nominee Rachel Chavkin, begins preview performances Friday, March 22 ahead of a Wednesday, April 17 official opening night at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48th Street).

Co-Producer Mara Isaacs, Director Rachel Chavkin, André De Shields, Anais Mitchell and Co-Producer Dale Franzen at the opening party of HADESTOWN at the National Theatre in London on November 13, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang
Co-Producer Mara Isaacs, Director Rachel Chavkin, André De Shields, Anais Mitchell and Co-Producer Dale Franzen at the opening party of HADESTOWN at the National Theatre in London on November 13, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

Rachel Chavkin, director of Hadestown, said, “I’m delighted to be continuing the journey with these artists, some of whom have been with the piece since the beginning. They bring a wild combination of experience, singular musicianship, and a shared joy in mining Anaïs’ poetry and politics.”

Musical Director and Vocal Arranger Liam Robinson, André De Shields, Patrick Page, Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang
Musical Director and Vocal Arranger Liam Robinson, André De Shields, Patrick Page, Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney. 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.

Rachel Chavkin, David Neumann and Anais Mitchell. Photo by Lia Chang
Rachel Chavkin, David Neumann and Anais Mitchell. Photo by Lia Chang

Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or by calling (877) 250-2929. Additional casting for the Broadway production will be announced shortly.

Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Hadestown 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.

Reeve Carney as Orpheus and Eva Noblezada as Eurydice. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney as Orpheus and Eva Noblezada as Eurydice. 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 nature against industry, faith against doubt, and love against fear. Performed by a vibrant ensemble of actors, dancers, and singers, Hadestown delivers a deeply resonant and defiantly hopeful theatrical experience.

Patrick Page, Rachel Chavkin and Amber Gray. Photo by Lia Chang
Patrick Page, Rachel Chavkin and Amber Gray. 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).

Lia Chang
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.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2019 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

Puttin’ On the Ritz with HADESTOWN’s Star André De Shields

André De Shields on his way to high tea at The Ritz London. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields in London. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields in London. Photo by Lia Chang

André De Shields is currently appearing as Hermes in The Royal National Theatre’s production of Hadestown in the Olivier Theatre through January 26.

The two-time Tony nominee and Emmy winner is delighted to be back in London having last enjoyed a successful run  in The Full Monty at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 2002. The Full Monty won the London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Musical.

Celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and director Rachel Chavkin have transformed Hadestown, Mitchell’s acclaimed concept album into a genre-defying new musical that mixes modern American folk music with vintage New Orleans jazz to reimagine a sweeping ancient tale.

I spent the week with André from previews to opening night and a day trip to Stonehenge and Bath. Check out our chat below. 

André De Shields as Hermes and the company in HADESTOWN. Photo by Helen Maybanks
André De Shields as Hermes and the company in HADESTOWN. Photo by Helen Maybanks

Lia: What does it feel like to be back in London with Hadestown? 
André: Hadestown is my fourth engagement as a performing artist in the UK. First was Ain’t Misbehavin’ in 1979 at Her Majesty’s Theatre. Second was William Bolcom’s musical illumination of William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience, in which I sang the role of The Rock Singer with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at Royal Festival Hall in 1996. Third was The Full Monty at The Prince of Wales Theatre in 2002. And now Hadestown at The Royal National Theatre. Each of the experiences inspired admiration and support among my American colleagues. However, when I shared the news that I would be off to The National Theatre as Hermes, Messenger of the Gods, in Hadestown, the admiration and support evolved into awe and vicarious thrills. That is the power of the reputation of The National Theatre. Hadestown at The National is more than employment and other than a gig; this engagement is cultural ambassadorship.

Hadestown Opening night curtain. Photo by Lia Chang
Hadestown Opening night curtain. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia: How has London changed?
André: I find London a very different city in two major aspects: the one is how it has eclipsed New York in terms of cosmopolitanism, and the other has to do with architecture. During my previous three journeys, I was able to interact at eye level with London’s Old World splendor. Today, it takes a stretch of the neck to appreciate the many glass and steel–dare I say it?–skyscrapers that populate the London skyline.

Hadestown Opening night curtain call in the Olivier Theatre at the National Theatre in London on November 13, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang
Hadestown Opening night curtain call in the Olivier Theatre at the National Theatre in London on November 13, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia: What has your experience been working at the National Theatre?
André: Working at London’s National Theatre is an explicit education in why America has yet to embrace a national theatre. Regardless of the global concern about Brexit, the uniquely British idea of commonwealth permeates the very environment and work ethic at The National. Perhaps the institution has not always operated in this fashion, but my experience is one of inherent diversity, equity and inclusion. Of course, there is division of labor, but I am hard pressed to recognize any remnant of hierarchy or residue of a pecking order. Now, before I am accused of having succumbed to an infection of blind optimism, I promise that I left my rose-colored glasses at home in New York. I am no Pollyanna; rotating repertory–the foundation of work at The National–is not possible if one’s dedication is to self-aggrandizement. Moreover, there are paid mandatory hiatuses. Why? Because rest and renewal are necessary to sustained excellence in the creative process that commences with conception and concludes with execution. Unheard of in American theatre When Hadestown is on hiatus, The Olivier Theatre’s stage is further hallowed by Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo in Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. Such cross pollination makes for a beautiful and bountiful harvest.

André De Shields as Hermes in HADESTOWN. Photo by Helen Maybanks
André De Shields as Hermes in HADESTOWN. Photo by Helen Maybanks

Lia: What about the character of Hermes speaks to you most?
André: Okay, how much time do you have? I will relegate my response to the five most idiosyncratic agencies possessed by Hermes that attract me to him, and that specifically relate to Hadestown: (1) Hermes is, indeed, the messenger of the gods; however, he also is a divine trickster, which is why–I believe–Hades, God of the Underworld, chooses Hermes to explain to Orpheus and Eurydice the conditions of their release from land of shades. The offending codicil is that Orpheus must walk in front of Eurydice, and resist turning around to make sure that she is following him; for if he does turn, then Eurydice goes back to the underworld. (2) Hermes is the inventor of the lyre, which is the instrument that Orpheus has mastered to magical efficacy, so much so that his playing of a melody convinces Hades to allow him and Eurydice to attempt to escape. (3) Hermes also is the god of roads, read journeys. And it is the journey of Orpheus to the underground and back that is the conceit of Hadestown. (4) Hermes is the only god who can breach the veil that separates the living from the dead, absolutely pertinent to the schism between the world above ground and the one below. (5) Hermes is the inventor of speech. Who better to be the storyteller of Hadestown?

Lia: What is your favorite part of the show?
André: No spoilers, please.

Lia: How have you spent your free time?
André: Cooking for the many loved ones who have taken this National Theatre opportunity to refresh their friendship with me.

Lia: Why do you think the show has been resonating with audiences?
André: Hadestown treats three major themes–trust, truth and trauma. Who doesn’t need a lesson in those three common denominators of humankind?

André De Shields and Company. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Company. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia: How long have you been part of Hadestown?
André: Intermittently, since the 2012 workshop at the Doris Duke studios.

André De Shields as Hermes and Patrick Page as Hades in HADESTOWN. Photo by Helen Maybanks
André De Shields as Hermes and Patrick Page as Hades in HADESTOWN. Photo by Helen Maybanks

Hadestown stars Reeve Carney (Orpheus), André De Shields (Hermes), Amber Gray (Persephone), Eva Noblezada (Eurydice) and Patrick Page (Hades). The cast also features Sharif Afifi (Worker), Rosie Fletcher (Lachesis), Beth Hinton-Lever (Worker), Carly Mercedes Dyer (Atropos), Seyi Omooba (Worker), Gloria Onitiri (Clotho), Aiesha Pease (Worker), Joseph Prouse (Worker), Jordan Shaw (Worker) and Shaq Taylor (Worker).

Musical Director and Vocal Arranger Liam Robinson, André De Shields, Patrick Page, Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang
Musical Director and Vocal Arranger Liam Robinson, André De Shields, Patrick Page, Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang

Check out what the critics had to say:

“Hermes the messenger god, played sublimely by Andre De Shields, the very epitome of cool…He’s completely spellbinding, with hints of mischief and mystery. There’s so much style in everything he does.” – Tim Bano, The Stage

“André De Shields, the original Broadway Wiz in ‘The Wiz’, is scene-stealingly brilliant as a suavely shamanic Hermes.” – Andrezej Lukowski, Time Out London

“Our core performers…De Shields…expertly conceived performances that blend the power of musical storytelling with sensitively characterised portrayals. Their performances are shaded with the confidence and poise, and they become robust emotional canvasses whom we can trust with sharing Mitchell’s story with us.” -Adam Bruce, UK Review

“…the wonderful, charismatic André De Shields as Hermes channels Smokey Robinson in a shiny suit and introduces the action and its meaning.” – Sarah Crompton, What’s On Stage

André De Shields, Liza Melamed and Ken Melamed at High Tea at The Ritz Carlton London.
André De Shields, Liza Melamed and Ken Melamed at High Tea at The Ritz Carlton London.

In a career spanning forty-eight years, André De Shields has distinguished himself as an unparalleled actor, director, choreographer and educator. He is the recipient of three Jeff Awards, one as Director for Victory Gardens’ 1987 production of The Colored Museum, and two as Featured Performer in a Musical for the Goodman Theatre productions of Play On! (1998) and Mary Zimmerman’s The Jungle Book (2013). In fact Mr. De Shields’ professional career began at Chicago’s Shubert Theatre, now the Bank of America Theatre, in the 1969 production of Hair. From there he moved on to The Me Nobody Knows at the Civic Opera House, and ultimately became a member of The Organic Theatre Company, where he created the role of Xander the Unconquerable, Ruler of the Sixth Dimension in the cult sensation Warp. A multiple Tony Award nominee, he is best known for his show-stopping performances in four legendary Broadway musicals: The WizAin’t Misbehavin’Play On! and The Full Monty. He recently appeared in Papermill Playhouse’s production of Half Time, Off-Broadway in Classic Stage Company’s As You Like It and Playwrights Horizon’s Mankind by Robert O’Hara.

Co-Producer Mara Isaacs, Director Rachel Chavkin, André De Shields, Anais Mitchell and Co-Producer Dale Franzen. Photo by Lia Chang
Co-Producer Mara Isaacs, Director Rachel Chavkin, André De Shields, Anais Mitchell and Co-Producer Dale Franzen at the opening night party of HADESTOWN at the National Theatre in London on November 13, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

His numerous accolades include an Emmy Award for the NBC Special based on Ain’t Misbehavin’, the 2007 Village Voice OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance, the 2009 National Black Theatre Festival’s Living Legend Award, a 2012 Fox Foundation Fellowship in Distinguished Achievement, Florida Atlantic University’s 2014 Making Waves Award, the Theatre School at DePaul University 2015 Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Riant Theatre’s 2016 Pioneer of the Arts Award, the Black Theatre Network’s 2016 Winona Lee Fletcher Award, a 2016 Beinecke Fellowship at Yale School of Drama, a 2018 Bob Harrington Lifetime Achievement Award and nine AUDELCO Awards. and two Doctor of Fine Arts degrees honoris causa one each from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the State University of New York-College at Buffalo.

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Reeve Carney, André De Shields, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada, Patrick Page and more Open in HADESTOWN at National Theatre on November 13 

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits
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.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2018 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

Anaïs Mitchell’s HADESTOWN Set for Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre This Spring

André De Shields as Hermes and the company in HADESTOWN. Photo by Helen Maybanks
Co-Producer Mara Isaacs, Director Rachel Chavkin, André De Shields, Anais Mitchell and Co-Producer Dale Franzen at the opening party of HADESTOWN at the National Theatre in London on November 13, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang
Co-Producer Mara Isaacs, Director Rachel Chavkin, André De Shields, Anais Mitchell and Co-Producer Dale Franzen at the opening party of HADESTOWN at the National Theatre in London on November 13, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

Producers Mara Isaacs, Dale Franzen, Hunter Arnold, and Tom Kirdahy announced today that Hadestown, the new musical by celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell, developed with visionary director and Tony Award® nominee Rachel Chavkin, will transfer this spring to Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48th Street).

André De Shields as Hermes and the company in HADESTOWN. Photo by Helen Maybanks
André De Shields as Hermes and the company in HADESTOWN. Photo by Helen Maybanks

Preview performances for Hadestown will begin Friday, March 22 ahead of a Wednesday, April 17 official opening night. Casting and ticketing information for the Broadway production will be announced shortly.

“The genius of Anaïs Mitchell’s work in Hadestown is that she takes a myth as old as time and gives it a new life so vibrant and relevant that audiences hold their breath, waiting to see how this timeless tale will unfold,” producer Mara Isaacs said. “Rachel Chavkin and the entire creative team have created a pulse-racing world for Anaïs’ joyous and haunting score to live. As we prepare for Broadway, I’m thrilled for New York audiences to see this entirely new production, a raucous and electrifying celebration that is truly a show for our times.”

Hadestown originated in 2006 as Mitchell’s community theater project that traveled Vermont before gaining a cult following when she turned the songs into an acclaimed album which was called “far and away one of the best records of 2010” (Sunday Times of London). In 2013, Mitchell saw Chavkin’s celebrated Off-Broadway production of Natasha, Pierre, and The Great Comet of 1812, and knew she had found her artistic partner. Together, the two women have transformed Hadestown into a genre-defying new musical that blends modern American folk music with New Orleans-inspired jazz to reimagine a sweeping ancient tale.

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. The National Theatre provided further development to Hadestown in London and the show is currently playing at the National’s Olivier Theatre through Saturday, January 26, 2019, before it’s eagerly anticipated Broadway debut.

Reeve Carney and Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney and Eva Noblezada at the opening party of HADESTOWN at the National Theatre in London on November 13, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

The London cast stars Reeve Carney (Orpheus), André De Shields (Hermes), Amber Gray (Persephone), Eva Noblezada (Eurydice) and Patrick Page (Hades). The cast also features Sharif Afifi (Worker), Rosie Fletcher (Lachesis), Beth Hinton-Lever (Worker), Carly Mercedes Dyer (Atropos), Seyi Omooba (Worker), Gloria Onitiri (Clotho), Aiesha Pease (Worker), Joseph Prouse (Worker), Jordan Shaw (Worker) and Shaq Taylor (Worker).

Musical Director and Vocal Arranger Liam Robinson, André De Shields, Patrick Page, Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang
Musical Director and Vocal Arranger Liam Robinson, André De Shields, Patrick Page, Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney at the opening party of HADESTOWN at the National Theatre in London on November 13, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

Hadestown follows two intertwining love stories – that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone – as it invites audiences on an epic journey to the underworld and back. Mitchell’s beguiling melodies and Chavkin’s poetic imagination pit nature against industry, faith against doubt, and love against fear. Performed by a vibrant ensemble of actors, dancers and singers, Hadestown delivers a deeply resonant and defiantly hopeful theatrical experience.

Patrick Page, Rachel Chavkin and Amber Gray. Photo by Lia Chang
Patrick Page, Rachel Chavkin and Amber Gray at the opening party of HADESTOWN at the National Theatre in London on November 13, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

Welcome to the intriguing and beautiful world of “your next musical theater obsession” (Vogue).

The creative team for Broadway will feature 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), 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).

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.

Reeve Carney, André De Shields, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada, Patrick Page and More Celebrate HADESTOWN Opening Night at National Theatre 

Vinie Burrows, Rob Campbell, Matthew Jeffers, Mikéah Ernest Jennings, Gregg Mozgala and Evelyn Spahr Set for Rachel Chavkin-helmed LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE by Caryl Churchill at NYTW, April 18 – May 27

Vinie Burrows. Photo by Lia Chang
Vinie Burrows. Photo by Lia Chang
Vinie Burrows. Photo by Lia Chang

New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) (Artistic Director James C. Nicola and Managing Director Jeremy Blocker) is presenting LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, by NYTW Usual Suspect and five-time Obie Award winner Caryl Churchill (Love and Information; A Number) directed by NYTW Usual Suspect, Tony Award nominee, & three-time Obie Award winner Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812).  LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, which will be NYTW’s eighth collaboration with Churchill, will begin previews on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, with an opening night set for Monday, May 7 at New York Theatre Workshop (79 E. 4th Street New York, NY 10003), for a limited run through Sunday, May 27, 2018.

The cast for LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE includes Vinie Burrows (Walk Together Children), Rob Campbell (All the Way), Matthew Jeffers (The Mysteries), Mikéah Ernest Jennings (MASTER), Gregg Mozgala (Cost of Living) and Evelyn Spahr (The Post).

The creative team includes scenic design by Riccardo Hernández (Indecent), costume design by Toni-Leslie James (Amazing Grace), lighting design by Isabella Byrd (Sundown, Yellow Moon), sound design by Mikaal Sulaiman (The Rape of the Sabine Women), properties by Noah Mease (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), original music and music direction by Orion Johnstone ({my lingerie play}: The Concert and Call to Arms!!!!!!!!!) and stage management by Jhanaë Bonnick (That Bachelorette Show).

On the heels of her acclaimed production of Hadestown on the NYTW stage and her Broadway debut with Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, three-time Obie Award winner Rachel Chavkin returns to New York Theatre Workshop with Caryl Churchill’s incisive drama LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE. In 1647 England, power is shifting and, amid the chaos and confusion, revolutionaries across the country are dreaming of a new future.

Single tickets for LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE are $65, with $25 tickets available for performances from April 18-19 and $45 tickets available for performances from April 20-29.

In order to provide access to those in their surrounding community and those with income limitations, NYTW launched CHEAPTIX, an affordable ticket program. At the first two performances of every NYTW production, tickets are sold to the general public for just $25. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, online at NYTW.org or by phone from the NYTW Box Office at 212-460-5475. Standard ticketing fees apply.

Additionally, a $25 day-of ticket rush will be available for young people, seniors, artists and Lower East Side residents. Rush tickets are subject to availability and are sold cash-only, limit two per person. Proper identification is required for all rush tickets. Youth (ages 25 and under) and seniors (ages 65+) may present an ID indicating date-of-birth; Artists may present an ID and a program or union card; Lower East Side residents may present an ID that includes your address.

The performance schedule for LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE is as follows: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7pm, Thursday and Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, Sunday at 1pm and 7pm. Exceptions: there will be no 2pm performance on Saturday, April 21; no performance on Tuesday, May 8; and no 7pm performance on Sunday, May 20.

http://www.nytw.org

Orville Mendoza, Connor Barrett, Ben Beckley, Edward Chin-Lyn, Brenna Palughi, Socorro Santiago and Cherene Snow in National Tour of SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS at The Broad Stage, January 11 – 28

Orville Mendoza and Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

I had the great pleasure of spending New Year’s Eve with Orville Mendoza, who is having a blast playing the teacher in the National Tour of the Obie Award-winning Small Mouth Sounds, by Bess Wohl. The next stop on the tour is The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401, from January 11 – January 28, 2018. Click here for tickets.

Orville Mendoza and Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits
Orville Mendoza and Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Helmed by Rachel Chavkin, a 2017 Tony Award nominee for Best Direction of a Musical (Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812), Small Mouth Sounds features (in alphabetical order): Connor Barrett (Jan), Ben Beckley (Ned), Edward Chin-Lyn (Rodney), Orville Mendoza (Teacher), Brenna Palughi (Alicia), Socorro Santiago (Joan), and Cherene Snow (Judy).

Ben Beckley as Ned and Edward Chin-Lyn as Rodney. Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson
Ben Beckley as Ned and Edward Chin-Lyn as Rodney. Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson

Under the eye of an unseen guru, six wildly disparate urbanites looking for life balance gather for a weeklong silent retreat in the woods. As they listen to their leader’s ruminations (and struggle to meditate while clumsily fighting their most primal of urges), they learn that silence can indeed be golden. It can also be funny, frustrating, erotic, comforting, and profoundly passive-aggressive.

Ben Beckley, Brenna Palughi, Connor Barrett, Edward Chin-Lyn, Cherene Snow and Socorro Santiago. Photo by T. Charle Erickson
Ben Beckley, Brenna Palughi, Connor Barrett, Edward Chin-Lyn, Cherene Snow and Socorro Santiago. Photo by T. Charle Erickson

The original design team from the off-Broadway production of Small Mouth Sounds is on board and includes Obie Award winner Laura Jellinek (Scenic Designer), Tilly Grimes (Costume Designer), Mike Inwood (Lighting Designer), Lucille Lortel Award nominee Stowe Nelson (Sound Designer), Andrew Schneider (Projection Designer), and Noah Mease (Prop Designer).

The cast of SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS.  Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson
The cast of SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS.  Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson

The inspiration from the play came from Wohl’s own personal experience. Surrounded by people who were looking for a way for their lives to be changed or healed, Wohl decided that this was fertile subject matter for a play. “What I loved about that for a play is that what’s necessary for any play is that all the characters really need something. This is such a great environment: a play where there is this automatic need,” Wohl said in an interview. “I think the central question of the play is should we seek peace or not, and if so, how?” Obie Award-winner Chavkin told Slant Magazine in a 2016 interview.

Small Mouth Sounds played a record-breaking run at Ars Nova in 2015 and an acclaimed and extended commercial production at the Pershing Square Signature Center’s Romulus Linney Theater in 2016. Small Mouth Sounds is booked for 24 weeks in multiple cities, making it one of the longest tours for an Off Broadway show of this size in recent memory.

The New York Times called Small Mouth Sounds “an enchanting new play… as funny as it is quietly moving… a model of ingenuity” and the show was chosen as a “Best Of” Theater Pick in the New York Times, New York Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, New York Post, and many more.

For more information on additional cities and about the Small Mouth Sounds National Tour, visit www.smallmouthsounds.com.

The current National Tour Schedule is as follows:

Dallas, TX
February 1 – February, 11, 2018
AT&T Performing Arts Center

Miami, FL
February 16 – March 4, 2018
Arsht Center

Philadelphia, PA
March 13 – April 1, 2018
Philadelphia Theatre Company

CSC’s PACIFIC OVERTURES Featuring George Takei, Ann Harada, Thom Sesma, Orville Mendoza, Steven Eng and More, Ends Extended Run on June 18 

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Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
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 Examiner.comJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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