June 30, 2022

Charlie Doodle

Unique Art & Entertainment

Hadestown brings mythology, music in Broadway in Columbus return

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Greek mythology about love, loss, life, death and the afterlife inspire “Hadestown,” the 2019 Tony winner for best musical.

“The story is deeply human … about how we make an effort to connect to people despite inevitable loss,” choreographer David Neumann said.

The national tour, postponed from 2020 and opening in mid-October at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., will open Nov. 16 in the Ohio Theatre. The Broadway hit marks the return of Broadway in Columbus touring shows after a pandemic-driven 20-month hiatus.

“I like the symbolism that it’s the first show we’ll have in town after the shutdown,” said Chad Whittington, president and CEO of the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts, which presents Broadway tours here.

“People are ready to sit shoulder-to-shoulder, with all our safety protocols, vaccine verifications and masks, to see this Tony-winning hit with its captivating music and beautiful choreography. ‘Hadestown’ is a great way to say we’re back with the best of Broadway in Columbus,” Whittington said.

Kevyn Morrow, left, as Hades and Morgan Siobhan Green as Eurydice, backed by the Three Fates, in the national tour of “Hadestown.”

The ‘Hadestown’ backstory

Conceived by composer-lyricist-author Anais Mitchell, “Hadestown” weaves 2,500-year-old legends of Hades, god of the underworld, and Persephone, abducted by Hades to become his seasonal queen, with lyre-playing Orpheus, who strives to bring his beloved wife, Eurydice, back from below to the world of the living.

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