— by Jen Cunningham
Hadestown, an evocative night at the theater; where the mythical meets the philosophical. Hadestown explores many complex themes, through the characters of Greek Mythology.
Before I jump into the story of Hadestown, we have to talk about Emily Frederickson (aka Freddie @emilyfmusic), talk about carrying a show on your shoulders…Emily is the lone trombone player that carries a big portion of this jazz ensemble. She is outstanding, so before the story and the movement carries you away, keep your eyes on Freddie. The whole group is fantastic, and you will understand what I am saying when you see it. Tickets are available at the Fabulous Fox box office and online HERE:
Hadestown follows the story of Eurydice (played by the amazing Hannah Whitley @whitleyhannah). She is young, poor, and living on her wits and strong will. She meets the young Orpheus (played by the talented Chibueze Ihumoa @chibreezy7), a poor boy who has an amazing gift.
Orpheus’s music has the ability to make spring return, but the song isn’t finished yet, and the weather is changing. Persephone (played by the dazzling Shea Renne @shea.renne.), brings the season change with her. Hades (played by brooding bassist Mathew Patrick Quinn @mathewpatrickquinn) calls Persephone home early. Persephone isn’t happy and her return brings a mighty storm. Eurydice is hungry and is struggling to survive. Eurydice needed shelter and food, now. Love itself may not be enough…
Hadestown explores the power of love, and the struggle to maintain it against forces out of our control. Hadestown explores the mythological in the face of the philosophical. What is love, against self-doubt? Who are we, against the enormity of survival?
Hadestown takes you on a journey to the underworld, guised as a train to hell. The conductor Hermes (played by the luminous Nathan Lee Graham @nathanleegraham) takes you on a jazz filled adventure that makes you look forward to the trip.
(@anaismitchell) Mitchell’s score is a marvel; a contrast of light hearted jazz and introspective moments.
Hadestown is playing at the Fabulous Fox Theatre from now until October 23. Tickets available at the box office or at Metrotix.com.