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Lillias White will depart Broadway’s ‘Hadestown’

The Tony Award winner joined the long-running musical in 2022.

Lillias White in “Hadestown” (Credit: Courtesy of DKC/O&M)

Lillias White has announced a departure date from “Hadestown.” White will play her final performance as Hermes on March 17 at the Walter Kerr Theatre. A successor to the role has not yet been announced.

White joined the company in September 2022 as the first female actor to play Hermes. A Tony Award winner for her performance in 1997’s “The Life,” White made her Broadway debut in 1981 as a replacement in “Barnum.” Her other Broadway credits include both the 1981 and 1987 productions of “Dreamgirls,” 1988’s “Carrie,” 1982’s “Cats,” 1990’s “Once on This Island, the 1995 revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” and the currently running revival of “Chicago.” Her turn in 2009’s “Fela!” earned the actor a second Tony nomination.

Directed by Rachel Chavkin, “Hadestown” opened on April 17, 2019. It was nominated for 14 Tonys, winning eight, including Best Musical. Featuring a book and a New Orleans-style score by Anaïs Mitchell, “Hadestown” is an adaptation of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. 

In addition to White, the current cast of the musical features Betty Who as Persephone, Jordan Fisher as Orpheus, Phillip Boykin as Hades and Solea Pfeiffer as Eurydice. Belén Moyano, Kay Trinidad and Brit West portray as the Fates, while the chorus of Workers is played by Emily Afton, Malcolm Armwood, Chibueze Ihumoa, Alex Puette and Grace Yoo.

As previously announced, Ani DiFranco will take over as Persephone and Lola Tung will replace as Eurydice on Feb. 9.

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