Folk opera musical Hadestown the big winner at Tony Awards

Monday, June 10, 2019

“Hadestown,” the brooding musical about the underworld, has reason to smile broadly: it is the best new musical Tony Award winner.

Singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell’s folk-opera intertwines the myths of Orpheus and Eurydice, and Hades and Persephone. It marks Mitchell’s Broadway debut.

“Hadestown” began as a series of songs presented in a community center in Vermont in 2006. In 2010, it was a concept album; then, in 2016, it was presented at the New York Theatre Workshop. It went to Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre in 2017 and to London’s National Theatre in 2018.

Mitchell, who grew up on a sheep farm in Vermont, has put out the albums “Hymns for the Exiled,” ″The Brightness” and the collaboration with fellow singer/songwriter Rachel Ries on “Country E.P.”

It beat out “Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations,” ″Tootsie,” ″Beetlejuice” and “The Prom.”-AP