The Ancient Greek drama of 𝑶𝒓𝒑𝒉𝒆𝒖𝒔 and 𝑬𝒖𝒓𝒚𝒅𝒊𝒄𝒆 is ‘modernized’ to the the Great Depression era as young lovers struggle with the decision for love or stability at the expense of art. However, love comes at the price of uncompromising trust in one another.
The musical follows two intertwining love stories – that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and Hades, ruler of the underworld, and his wife Persephone. As the young lovers struggle to make ends meet, grim decisions must be made.
Eurydice, played by Eva Noblezada, gave a heart wrenching performance! As tears welled in my eyes, it was a never ending roller coaster of emotions. She was so captivating that I found myself struggling not to get involved myself to provide assistance. She has won a fan for life as words can not do her justice.
Persephone, played by Amber Gray, provided the perfect amount of light hearted playfulness to ease such serious drama. Her antics gave the show a needed respite from the heavy issues at hand. She had me out of my chair laughing and still does.
The story left me in a state of deep contemplation about my values and in deep thought about the decisions I would make if I was in a similar scenario. However, the beauty of this story is that we can never really know what we would do in such a hard time until it’s a reality.
The true star though is Anaïs Mitchell who wrote the story, lyrics, and music. Having toured in the past with the likes of Bon Iver, this folk singer has a bright future. Be careful, ‘Come Home With Me’ is addicting and my absolute favorite. It is so catchy! However, as I left the theater I heard other patrons already singing other favorites. If you want to laugh out loud, wait until you see Persephone perform ‘Living It Up On Top’ and be ready to sing ‘Why We Build the Wall.’
Unexpectedly, this was one of my favorite Broadway’s shows so far. Besides all the talented production it was an absolutely beautiful story and easy to understand why it has stood the test of time. It made me question myself. How far would I go for love? Orpheu went underground.