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What to Know About the Greek Mythology Characters in Broadway’s Hadestown

Way down in Hadestown, as the musical goes, the god of the underworld is stewing.

Married to Persephone for ages, he knows his wife is deeply unhappy and that she longs for the six months out of the year when she gets to “live it up on top” on Earth, bringing with her springtime. But hopelessly in love with her, Hades needs to figure out a way to keep her with him. Thus follows Broadway’s original musical Hadestown, which currently plays at the Walter Kerr Theatre.

Written by Anaïs Mitchell and directed by Rachel Chavkin, the musical intertwines the love story between Hades and Persephone with the romance of young lovers Orpheus and Eurydice. When Eurydice goes to the underworld, Orpheus will do anything to get her back, and so he travels to Hadestown on his quest for love.

While the stories of the quartet have been told for centuries in Greek (and Roman) mythology, actors Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney, Amber Gray, Patrick Page, and André De Shields imbue Eurydice, Orpheus, Persephone, Hades, and Hermes, respectively, with a fresh take for the stage.

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