“Hadestown” has launched an education initiative in which New York City public school students can attend the Broadway show for a small cost.
The tickets are being subsidized through a partnership with “Hadestown” producers Mara Isaacs, Dale Franzen, Hunter Arnold and Tom Kirdahy and organizations including Broadway Bridges and Situation Project. There are approximately 1,000 New York City students booked to see “Hadestown” already, according to a spokesperson for the musical, with a few groups having already attended.
Under the initiative, students will attend regular performances in groups of varying sizes and will be offered post-show talkbacks with members of the “Hadestown” cast and creative team. Educators will also receive materials related to the musical, including a study guide.
This joins other educational initiatives at shows such as “Hamilton,” which offers special performances and $10 tickets to students and at “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which offered $10 tickets to middle school and high school students and recently performed for 18,000 students in Madison Square Garden.
“Hadestown has always been a celebration in the belief that if we stand together, we can accomplish anything,” producer Mara Isaacs said in a press release. “I’m deeply moved by the generosity of our underwriters and the commitment of our friends at Broadway Bridges and Situation Project, who are standing with me and my producing partners in this effort to make Hadestown available to thousands of students this season.We will continue to make the Hadestown Education Initiative a priority for years to come.”
Directed by Rachel Chavkin and featuring a score and book by Anaïs Mitchell, “Hadestown” opened at the Walter Kerr Theatre on April 17, 2019. Since then, the musical, which won the 2019 Tony Award for Best Musical, has been consistently playing to capacity crowds and exceeding its weekly gross potential.