Hadestown is the winner of eight 2019 Tony Awards, including Best New Musical and the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.
ohOn March 12, 2020, on Broadway’s closing day, Bex Odorisio was in final rehearsals for the opening of the world premiere of The visitor at the Public Theater in New York. She was also recalled for the North American tour of Hadesville.
A year later, Odorisio received an email which Hadestown was going to be the first musical to resume on Broadway on September 2 and begin its tour on October 13, and would audition again.
“It was quite a surprise; I didn’t expect the shows to be operational yet. So I did a video audition from my living room. It was very surreal, ”said Odorisio, now on his first Broadway tour as Fate in. Hadesville.
Hadestown arrives at the Fisher Theater in Detroit from November 23 through December 31. 5 followed by performances at the Wharton Center in East Lansing from December 7 to 12. Hadestown is the winner of eight 2019 Tony Awards, including Best New Musical and the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. He has also received four Drama Desk Awards, six Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Outstanding New Broadway Musical, and the Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical.
Hadestown is run by a dynamic female production team led by music, lyrics and book author Anaïs Mitchell; and Jewish director Rachel Chavkin.
“Rachel Chavkin describes the Fates as a ‘supergroup’ where we have exceptional solo moments, but we also meet in harmony on the same level,” says Odorisio, who is on stage with two other Fates for the majority of the show.
“We are drawn directly from Greek mythology as controllers of the lives of mortals and sometimes gods,” she adds. “We embody fears and impulses. If we do not actively intervene, we actively observe so that we can intervene later.
Hadestown weaves two love stories – of young Orpheus and Eurydice – with King Hades and his wife Persephone – on a poetically lyrical score of American folk, jazz and blues from New Orleans. Mitchell describes Hadestown like “somewhere between a concert and a theater performance”.
Odorisio, whose mother is Jewish and whose father is Italian, grew up in the large Jewish neighborhood of Ardmore, Pennsylvania, where she and her two sisters all served bat mitzvahs. Growing up, they celebrated every holiday, including enjoying the Italian tradition of the Seven Fishes Festival on Christmas Eve, eating Chinese food, and going to the movies on Christmas Day.
Four years ago, Odorisio got a Ukulele for Chanukah. With her mission to become a competent ukulele player, Odorisio took in-person lessons in Brooklyn and then continued on Zoom during the pandemic. Now the owner of three different ukuleles, Odorisio travels with his concert ukulele on tour and keeps it in his dressing room.
“Once my makeup is done, I scratch a bit before the show. It’s very relaxing and puts me in the right frame of mind, ”she says.
for her Hadestown audition, Odorisio played the ukulele to show his musicality as all the Fates play instruments on stage during the performance.
At some stops on the tour, Odorisio’s boyfriend brings his pit bull, Gusto, for a visit.
Odorisio promises the Detroiters: “You’ll want to come and see Hadestown because you’ve never seen anything like it before.
Hadestown takes place from November 23 to Dec. 5 at the Fisher Theater in Detroit and December 7-12 at the Wharton Center in East Lansing. Tickets for Hadestown at the Fisher Theater starting at $ 59 and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets for December 7-12 at the Wharton Center can be purchased by visiting www.whartoncenter.com.
Theater customers will be required to show proof of a negative COVID test within 72 hours of the date of the show or proof of full COVID-19 vaccination before being admitted to the venue. In addition, all clients will be required to wear a mask inside the theater, regardless of their vaccination status.