The 3 ‘Fates’ of ‘Hadestown’ Reflect Broadway’s Return and Love for New York’s Theater Community – CBS New York
NEW YORK (CBSNew York) – The hit musical “Hadestown” reopened this month with a celebration that took to the streets.
In 2019, the show won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
Three women play a key role in the storytelling. Jessica Moore from CBS2 recently told them about her return to the stage after 18 months.
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It has been a long way home for Broadway and the cast of “Hadestown”, but the atmosphere was electric on September 2, reopening night, inside the Walter Kerr Theater.
“Hadestown” is based on Greek mythology. It’s the story of Orpheus and his journey to save his lover Eurydice, told by an ensemble cast that takes you to hell and back, underground workers helping Orpheus find his way to a trio of women known as the name of “Les Parques”.
âI kind of called my fate the ‘fate of death’. She’s a bit ruthless, usually has the last laughâ¦ And we’re just here enjoying how Orpheus and Eurydice, how they go down this path knowing already what the outcome will be, âsaid Jewelle Blackman.
Moore sat down with the three “Fates” the day before the performances resumed. Blackman is from Toronto and has been a part of this musical from the start.
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âThere is something about the theater community here in New York City that I think truly celebrates individuality and uniqueness,â Blackman said.
Jessie Shelton, another âHadestownâ alumna, says live theater is vital.
âAs it comes back it’s uncertain, but it’s never been more necessary,â Shelton said. âI have certainly gone through my own ups and downs and rediscoveries during the pandemic. “
Mariand Torres is new to the cast. She said the musical’s message resonates during the pandemic.
âIt’s a message of hope, to fight together to create a better world. I think we really need it right now, âTorres said.
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Moore asked the “Fates” about that first night on stage after a year and a half in dark theaters.
âIt’s going to be a lot for us to deal with emotionally and mentally at this point, but it all comes from a place of joy,â Blackman said.
âThe importance of live performances, live theater, the connections and interactions we have with an audience and with our fellow performers on stage have never been more vital and important,â Shelton said.
âA little scary, but in a good way. Do you know that like a good nervous feeling? Torres added.
Orpheus may have had doubts about his trip to the Underworld, but the lights are shining again on âHadestownâ and Broadway.