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Way Down Hadestown

Original Cast of 'Hadestown


320 Kbps Released October 6, 2017
Parlophone Records Ltd., a Warner Music Group Company

Our current song download comes from the just-released original cast recording of Anaïs Mitchell and Rachel Chavkin’s Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-nominated Hadestown.

A reworking of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice for the 21st century, the show features songs that were originally heard on a concept album that Mitchell released in 2010. The show itself debuted last year at New York Theatre Workshop, and in his New York Times review of the production Charles Isherwood described the musical as one that “resonates in a shivery-funny way with today’s America.” The score itself, as Isherwood described it, recalls “traditional folk music with a distinctive Southern flavor.”

The song that Mitchell has chosen to share with us this week is “Way Down Hadestown,” which comes just as Hades has come to get his wife, Persephone, from the earth to bring her to her home in the underworld. The songwriter has described the song as a kind of “jazz funeral,” which as she says means that it’s a moment in the show when Persephone ironically becomes “a participant in her own funeral” as she leaves life behind and winter comes to envelop the world.

You can learn a bit more about this number and Mitchell’s thoughts on how it functions in the context of the show in this video:



“Way Down Hadestown” truly is a dynamic and gripping piece of songwriting, and after you’ve listened to this download, we know you’re going to want to hear more from the entirety of the recording, which features performances from Nabiyah Be, Damon Daunno, Lulu Fall, Amber Gray, Patrick Page, Jessie Shelton, Chris Sullivan, and Shaina Taub.

You can both sample from Hadestown and purchase it by clicking here.

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Way Down Hadestown by Original Cast of 'Hadestown

Music and lyric by Anaïs Mitchell 



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