Broadway’s post-COVID curtain raise just got a little closer, as Hadestown announced its plans to return to the stage before labor day, a full 10 days earlier than the earliest opening announced before.
Performances at the Walter Kerr Theatre will begin on September 2, with tickets going on sale June 11 for the general public. Prior to that, tickets will be available in presales for American Express cardholders from June 1 and another presale open to the productions’ “Songbird First Access” program beginning June 8.
“I have desperately missed this show and our company over the past year,” shared director Rachel Chavkin. “Hadestown is about rebirth and the deep need to tell old stories anew in fellowship together; I think when audiences reunite with our company (onstage and off), it’s going to be wildly powerful. Hadestown is also about a community coming together and calling for change. As we’ve seen demands for necessary change from across the country—in the fight for racial justice and economic justice and environmental justice—I think the show’s central theme of imagining how the world could be will ring out particularly loudly.”
Hadestown captured eight Tony Awards in 2019, including Best Musical. Its cast for the return to Broadway has not yet been announced.
As of late May, Hadestown will be the first Broadway production to open its doors after the long COVID hiatus, which began in March of last year. State and local officials announced earlier this month that Broadway would be allowed to reopen at full capacity in September, but most productions that have announced their return timetables thus far have been aiming more at the middle of the month or later. Hamilton, The Lion King and Wicked, for example, are all reopening on September 14.
Hadestown had announced a national tour just prior to the pandemic pause, which had been planned to launch in January of 2021. That is now expected to kick off in October 14 at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.