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Yola to make Broadway debut in ‘Hadestown’

The Grammy Award nominee will join the cast of the long-running musical in July.

Yola (Credit: Courtesy of DKC/O&M)

“Hadestown” will welcome an incoming principal cast member. Yola will take over the role of Persephone beginning on July 2 at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Yola will succeed current Persephone Ani DiFranco, who will exit the production on June 30.

“Hadestown” will mark Yola’s Broadway debut. She received four Grammy Award nominations for her 2019 debut studio album “Walk Through Fire.” Her 2021 sophomore album “Stand With Myself” earned the singer-songwriter an additional pair of nods. Yola portrayed Sister Rosetta Tharpe in the 2022 motion picture “Elvis.”

"When I saw I’d be playing the drunken goddess of spring, I immediately thought, ‘that’s on-brand,’” Yola said in a statement. “Not because I drink a lot, but because from time to time, I act like I do—but stone-cold sober. What a way to debut on Broadway.”

The current principal company of “Hadestown” also includes Jordan Fisher as Orpheus, Jon Jon Briones as Hermes, Phillip Boykin as Hades and Isa Briones as Eurydice. As previously announced, Maia Reficco will step into the role of Eurydice on July 2.

Featuring a Tony Award-nominated book and a Tony-winning score by Anaïs Mitchell, “Hadestown” is a new interpretation of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. The musical opened on April 17, 2019, and was nominated for 14 Tony Awards, winning eight, including Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical for helmer Rachel Chavkin.

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