Hadestown, aka Orpheus and Eurydice, the Opera
The myth of Orpheus and Eurydice inspires great operas. There's Monteverdi's L'Orfeo , Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice (or Orphée et Eurydice ), Offenbach's parody operetta Orpheus in the Underworld , and now to that list we have to add Anaïs Mitchell's Hadestown . Because make no mistake -- Hadestown might be playing at the Walter Kerr theater and be advertised as a musical, but it is an opera from curtain to curtain. Its appeal lies not in the usual musical theater tropes but in its operatic scope and scale. This is a work that goes from the heart to the heart.