‘Hadestown’ is a vibrant musical with music, lyrics and a book by Anaïs Mitchell that shares an interpretation of Greek mythology’s Orpheus and Euridice intertwined with the also mythical love story of Hades and Persephone. The original version of the musical made it’s premier in Vermont in 2006 with a few other productions between then and 2007, however Mitchell was unsure about the future of the musical, until she met a director by the name of Rachel Chavkin. The two become an unstoppable pair, reworking the show into what it is now. The updated ‘Hadestown’ debuted Off-Broadway in 2016, with runs following in Edmonton and London before ending up on the Broadway stage in 2019 with a cast starring Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada, Patrick Page, Amber Gray and André De Shields. The show was an instant hit among theatre-goers receiving multiple nominations and awards amongst it’s popularity and critical acclaim.
The story follows young dreamers and fiancées, Orpheus and Eurydice with a subplot about separated lovers Hades and Persephone. Orpheus is a naïve, free-spirited, optimistic, talented musician who falls deeply in love with independent, perseverant Eurydice. But when hard times fall upon the world, their love is tested and difficult choices must be made. Hades, cruel ruler of the Underworld with promise of work and food, tricks young Eurydice into signing her life away. Can Orpheus journey to the underworld, rescue his lover and travel back home safely with his weapon being only his passion and his music?
‘Livin It Up On Top’ is the song that more deeply explores the character of Persephone. For half of the year, Persephone lives in the underworld alongside Hades and in the remaining half, she is separated from him, residing in the living world above. While in this living world she brings all forms of prosperity to the people including music, fun, dancing and wine. During this song, Persephone is celebrating the summertime after her return to the top. This black nickel pin incorporates Persephone’s dandelion wine bottle with the assortment of orange flowers that decorate her hair creating the perfect way to celebrate this feel-good song and this standout musical!
Find out more about Hadestown at https://www.hadestown.com/