Congrats to Hadestown's creator Anais Mitchell who has officially been named one of TIME Magazine's 100 Influential People of 2020!!! The honor was written by the show's Tony winning showstopper, the legendary André De Shields (who plays "Hermes").
Anais Mitchell is an acclaimed Indie, Country, and Folk singer. She's recorded 7 studio albums including one particular album that was originally concieved as a concept album which would go on to be one of the hottest tickets on the Great Bright Way….. HADESTOWN.
Her journey with creating this masterpiece began in 2006. HADESTOWN got its start as a Community Theater project that toured across Vermont (where Anais Mitchell is from) and later Massachusetts. With the success, she created a full concept album of the show featuring fellow recording artists Justin Vernon, Ani DiFranco, Greg Brown, and The Haden Triplets playing the main characters. The concept album itself was released in 2010 where it was well received debuting at # 9 on the Billboard US AMERICANA / FOLK ALBUMS charts. It also went on to be nominated at the GRAMMYs for BEST RECORDING PACKAGE.
Years later, Mitchell continued expanding the Folk-Opera into a full length 2 act musical. It had its world premiere debut OFF-BROADWAY at the New York Theatre Workshop in 2016 where it was extended for a month due to the overwhelming response. From there, it continued to be developed with a Canadian debut at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, Alberta. It later went on to debut in the UK at London's National Theatre in the Fall of 2018. With the success of the London premiere, HADESTOWN officially made it to our Broadway backyard the following year of 2019 where it continued to play 8 times a week at Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre before the shutdown. The show has gone on to become one of the biggest hottest tickets on Broadway winning 8 Tony Awards including BEST MUSICAL. In addition, its acclaimed original Broadway cast recording has been topping the charts and took home the 2020 Grammy Award this year for BEST MUSICAL THEATRE ALBUM.
In case anyone may not know or remember, HADESTOWN is a folk-opera retelling of the ancient Greek myth of "Orpheus" who goes on the bravest journey of them all…. deep into the underworld (ruled by the wicked "Hades") to rescue his fiancée and true love "Eurydice".
HADESTOWN is expecting continuing ruling Broadway WAY DOWN UNDER THE GROUND in 2021 when Live Theater returns. In addition, a National Tour will officially kick off that same year. New launching date will be announced soon.
Congrats Anais!!! WE RAISE OUR CUP TO YOU!!
How amazing is this?!!!
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