Kimmel Cultural Campus Presents Philadelphia Premiere of HADESTOWN

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The Kimmel Cultural Campus presents Hadestown, the winner of eight 2019 Tony Awards® including Best New Musical and the 2020 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Theater Album. As part of the Campus’ 21-22 Broadway Series, the show plays the historic Academy of Music from Wednesday, February 9 – Sunday, February 20, 2022.  

Hadestown is the most honored show of the 2018-2019 Broadway season in New York City. 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 acclaimed new musical is the work of celebrated singer-songwriter and Tony Award® winner Anaïs Mitchell, 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 on Broadway – writing the music, lyrics, and book – and is only the fourth time in Broadway history a woman has accomplished this creative feat.  

“Anaïs Mitchell and Rachel Chavkin have crafted a world that is simultaneously familiar and avant-garde, resonating with diverse, modern audiences because of its new take on the classic tale from mythology,” said Matías Tarnopolsky, president and CEO of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc. “We are honored to host this acclaimed show for its Philadelphia premiere, part of a lineup of Broadway firsts in our city, including a new revival of Oklahoma!, Freestyle Love Supreme, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Dear Evan Hansen.” 

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. 

Producers Mara Isaacs, Dale Franzen, Hunter Arnold, and Tom Kirdahy said jointly, “Throughout its development, Hadestown has been deeply influenced by audiences around the world. We are thrilled and humbled to now share this beautiful story of hope, faith, and rebirth – written and directed by two amazingly talented women and brought to life by a diverse company of performers – with audiences across North America.” 

The show originated as an indie theater project that Mitchell toured around Vermont, 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 show opened at the Walter Kerr Theatre on Broadway (219 West 48th Street, New York) on April 17, 2019, where it played to sold out houses nightly before performances were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Hadestown resumed performances September 2, 2021 as one of the first musicals to reopen on Broadway. 

The North American touring production of Hadestown stars Drama Desk Award® nominee Nicholas Barasch as Orpheus, Morgan Siobhan Green as Eurydice, Tony Award winner Levi Kreis as Hermes, original Broadway cast member Kimberly Marable as Persephone, and Olivier Award® nominee Kevyn Morrow as Hades. The Fates are played by Belén Moyano, Bex Odorisio, and Shea Renne. The Workers Chorus features Lindsey Hailes, Chibueze Ihuoma, Will Mann, Sydney Parra, and Jamari Johnson Williams. The swings for the touring production include Kimberly Immanuel, Alex Lugo, Eddie Noel Rodríguez, and Nathan Salstone.  

The creative team 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 supervision and vocal arrangements); Tony Award® winners Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose (arrangements and orchestrations); Ken Cerniglia (dramaturgy); and Stewart/Whitley (casting). 

The Grammy® winning Hadestown Original Broadway Cast Recording is now available at Hadestown.com/music. The album is produced by David Lai, Sickafoose, and Mitchell on Sing It Again Records. 

Deeply committed to the health and safety of guests, artists, and staff and proudly certified by GBAC, the gold standard for infection prevention programs, the Kimmel Cultural Campus is requiring masks to be worn at all times, as well as proof of vaccination for those over 5. Guests under 5 will be required to show a negative PCR test result or negative rapid test. Additional details below.  

Since reopening in the fall, over 300,000 guests have safely returned to the Kimmel Cultural Campus. From The Philadelphia Orchestra to the best of Broadway; to jazz legends and comedians; to opera and ballet, dance and classical – audiences are excited to be back, engaging in-person safely with the arts. 

Independence Blue Cross is a performance sponsor for this run of Hadestown on the Kimmel Cultural Campus. 

Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999 or online at www.kimmelculturalcampus.org. In-person ticket sales can be conducted daily from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Academy of Music Box Office, located at 240 S. Broad Street. See www.kimmelculturalcampus.org for more information. 

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