Patrick Page plays his final performance as Hades in the Tony-winning Hadestown December 30 at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Tom Hewitt, who reopened the production post-pandemic in September 2021 while Page finished a film commitment, will take over the role beginning January 3, 2023.
Page, Tony-nominated for his performance as Hades, lord of the underworld, has been with the musical since early readings and workshops in 2015. He starred in each developmental production, including the world premiere at NYTW (2016), Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre (2017), London’s National Theatre (2018), and on Broadway (2019).
Anaïs Mitchell, the Tony-winning writer of Hadestown, said in an earlier statement, “Patrick’s Hades was terrifying, funny, vulnerable, even lovable. As a writer I learned so much from Patrick, about his character and about drama itself. His miraculous voice, his electrifying intelligence, and honesty will be sorely missed both on and offstage. Eternal gratitude to you, Patrick, can’t wait to see what you do next.”
Page added, “Hadestown has been one of the greatest blessings of my life. Over the past seven years I have had a front-row seat to the genius of Anaïs Mitchell and Rachel Chavkin as the show evolved from its initial production Off-Broadway through its Canadian and British incarnations and now, on Broadway. I will always be connected to the character of Hades in some way–but it’s time to move on. I’m grateful beyond measure.”
Singer-songwriter Mitchell’s folk- and jazz-infused musical layers the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice with that of Hades and Persephone, intertwining the actions—and consequences—of gods and mortals. Hadestown originally began as a theatrical concert performed by Mitchell.