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‘Hadestown’ to be added to Library of Congress collections in Washington, D.C.

The cast of the Tony Award-winning musical will perform at the Library of Congress on Oct. 17.

Phillip Boykin and Betty Who with the cast of “Hadestown” (Credit: Matthew Murphy)

The Tony Award-winning musical “Hadestown” will be formally added to the Library of Congress collections in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 17.

The musical’s Tony Award-winning songwriter, Anaïs Mitchell, will donate an assortment of artifacts that represent several iterations of the show’s development, leading up to its Broadway premiere. The event, hosted by the Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden, will feature a performance and discussion from the Broadway cast in the Coolidge Auditorium with about 500 students in attendance.

“We are delighted to bring the beauty and magic of the Tony Award-winning musical ‘Hadestown’ to the Library of Congress,” commented Hayden in a statement. “We have one of the best performing arts collections in the world and having ‘Hadestown’ creator Anaïs Mitchell and the Broadway cast perform and donate items from the production will further enrich the Library’s collection for generations to see.”

With a Tony-nominated book and Tony-winning score by Mitchell and featuring Tony-winning direction by Rachel Chavkin, “Hadestown” is currently playing at the Walter Kerr Theatre, where it opened on Apr. 17, 2019.

Adapted from a Greek tragedy, “Hadestown” follows two intertwining love stories — that of the young Orpheus and Eurydice, and King Hades and his wife, Persephone.

The current principal cast includes Tony winner Lillias White as Hermes, Solea Pfeiffer as Eurydice, Betty Who as Persephone and Phillip Boykin as Hades.

As previously announced, original cast member Reeve Carney will play his final performance as Orpheus on Nov. 19; Jordan Fisher will assume the role on Nov. 20.

“Hadestown” is produced by Mara Isaacs, Dale Franzen, Hunter Arnold and Tom Kirdahy.