Hadestown updates an ancient romantic tragedy with current themes and genre-spanning music

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Hades (Kevyn Morrow, left) and Persephone (Kimberly Marable) have a complex relationship in Hadestown.

You could say that Hadestown, singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell’s multi-award-winning musical, began life in 2006. That was the year it debuted as a small-scale, limited-run production in New England.

Then again, you could also argue that it got its proper start in 2010, when Mitchell distilled her musical and dramatic ideas into a concept album of the same name. The critically acclaimed LP featured the likes of Ani DiFranco

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