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Hadestown Reviews

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Average customer review: 3.5 star rating (3.5 Stars)

Number of reviews: 46

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1.0 star rating Rich from Denver, Colorado

TERRIBLE SOUND QUALITY

Went to opening night last night. Sound quaility was bad I couldn't pick up on the story line. Especially Hermes who kind of narrated. Not sure if was an opening night technical malfunction or the fact that I was in the balcony ($100 per). Just so disappointing how bad the sound quality was. Sat in same theatre/similar seats 2 months ago and the sound quality was great.

1.0 star rating Carolyn from Denver, Colorado

PERFORMED BY CHARLIE BROWN'S TEACHERS

There were almost no spoken words so if you were already familiar with the songs and lyrics it might be okay. However if you are not, it is awful. I understood, "I took him under my wing" and "it ain't right and it ain't natural" the rest of the lyrics and spoken words were muddled and incomprehensible. I assume the actors know how to ennunciate so I can only assume it was the sound system definitely not worth the price. But if that is the case they should have had it fixed after the review left by the person who had the same complaint on opening night.

1.0 star rating Tim from Denver, Colorado

HAD POTENTIAL BUT LANDED FLAT

I was very glad to see all the acoustic instruments and really looked forward to this show. Unfortunately the story was flatly boring, the voices were harsh and must have been pegging the VU meters as they were over modulated. The female voices were harsh. The music was blown out by the harsh voices. The set was just a backdrop of wallpaper. Hardly any difference between the underworld and the living. Choreography seemed repetitive. Could not find any magic even though I really looked forward to this performance.

1.0 star rating Annie and Rich from Providence, Rhode Island

VERY DISAPPOINTING

We have seen well over 50 shows on Broadway, some twice. However, we cannot fathom how this show received 8 Toni awards. It was the most depressing musical we've seen, we walked out at Intermission. We commend the cast for their efforts but even that could not save this show. Worst Production we've ever seen.

1.0 star rating Paul Houston from Cincinnati, Ohio

NOT NEAR THE ORIGINAL

I have seen this show in NYC a bunch of times. The Cincinnati version of Hermes is awful and not at all in line with the original. He sounds exactly like SNL's Keenan Thompson in the David Pumpkins skits. Not flattering. Orpheus was the best of the bunch but lacked energy and had zero chemistry with Eurydice. This was my 7th time seeing it and my expectations were unmet. Unsure why the sound is so terrible in this facility but it is an ongoing issue with multiple productions.

1.0 star rating DBE from Richmond, Virginia

COULDN’T UNDERSTAND 90% OF LYRICS

Orchestra seats but off to the side- obstructed view but not advertised as such. We left at intermission

1.0 star rating Christine from Toronto, Ontario

LAMENTABLE JOURNEY TO HADESTOWN: A DISAPPOINTING BROADWAY MISFIRE

It is with a heavy heart and a profound sense of disappointment that I must convey my experience of the Broadway musical, Hadestown. This supposed theatrical gem, which promised an enchanting journey into the depths of Greek mythology, ultimately proved to be an arduous ordeal filled with choppy storytelling, lackluster character development, subpar singing, and an atmosphere so stifling it could only be described as a punishment in its own right. From the very beginning, Hadestown struggled to establish a cohesive narrative, leaving me perplexed and disconnected from the events unfolding on stage. The story between the characters felt woefully underdeveloped, rendering their motivations and relationships obscure at best. Any semblance of emotional investment was quickly shattered by the haphazard pacing, which left crucial plot points dangling, devoid of the necessary context for comprehension. One would hope that the saving grace of a musical lies in its songs, but alas, Hadestown failed even in this regard. The subpar singing and lackluster musical numbers did little to elevate the overall experience. The melodies lacked the power and emotional depth one would expect from a Broadway production, leaving me yearning for the stirring harmonies and captivating compositions that define the genre's finest works. Unfortunately, the lackluster performances were not the only factor detracting from the show's appeal. The Royal Alexander Theater itself proved to be an inhospitable furnace of discomfort (if felt like i was in hell - Hadestown). The oppressive heat and stuffiness permeating the auditorium overshadowed any chance of enjoyment. Shockingly, despite the pleas of numerous audience members during intermission, the theater staff disregarded their pleas for relief, callously ignoring requests to turn on the air conditioning. It was a truly disheartening display of indifference toward the patrons' comfort. The lack of air circulation became such a pressing issue that the ushers themselves were forced to resort to handheld mini fans, as if acknowledging the deplorable conditions and attempting to provide some modicum of relief. This desperate measure only served to highlight the theater's negligence, emphasizing the complete disregard for the audience's well-being and undermining the legitimacy of the establishment itself. In conclusion, Hadestown is a regrettable production that fails to deliver on its promises. Its disjointed narrative, insufficient character development, underwhelming musical performances, and appalling disregard for audience comfort make it a cautionary tale for theatergoers seeking an immersive and satisfying experience. It is my solemn duty to warn prospective viewers of this ill-fated journey to Hadestown, in the hopes that they may find solace in other, more deserving productions that grace the illustrious stages of Broadway.

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