International pop sensation, and BMG recording artist, Betty Who will join the cast of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Hadestown starting September 5, 2023. Who will star as ‘Persephone’ opposite Grammy Award nominee Phillip Boykin’s ‘Hades’ in the production. Best known for her chart-topping singles such as ‘I Love You Always Forever’, ‘Somebody Loves You’, and most recently ‘Blow Out My Candle’, Hadestown will mark Betty Who’s stage debut.

Hadestown Betty Who

Of the role, Betty Who says, “The opportunity to play Persephone in this incredible show is a dream come true. Musical theater was one of my first loves – one of the main reasons I wanted to sing in the first place. So, to have arrived at this place in my life, making my Broadway debut, I am just completely overwhelmed and excited.”

Betty Who recently released BIG!, an expansive 11-track body of work exemplifying her larger-than-life personality and indomitable spirit via BMG. Each song on BIG! shares a vulnerable tale of triumph and perseverance offering a window into the life experiences that shaped Who into the powerful woman she is today. Earlier this year Who was also nominated for a GLAAD Media Award in the Outstanding Music Artist category for the acclaimed album. Earlier in 2023, Who received praise following the release of her own cover of Kate Bush’s iconic ‘Running Up That Hill’.

The winner of eight 2019 Tony Awards, including Best Score and Best Director, Hadestown originated as BMG recording artist Anaïs Mitchell’s indie theater project that toured Vermont which she then turned into an acclaimed album. With Rachel Chavkin, her artistic collaborator, Hadestown has been transformed into a genre-defying new musical that blends modern American folk music with New Orleans-inspired jazz to reimagine a sweeping ancient tale.

Hadestown marks the first time in more than a decade that a woman has been the solo author of a musical: writing the music, lyrics, and book, and is the fourth time in Broadway history a woman has accomplished this creative feat. It also marks the first time in Broadway history that a show’s female composer and female director both won Tony Awards for their work. Earlier this year, the landmark musical became the longest running show in the history of the Walter Kerr Theatre and holds the record for highest grossing musical in that venerated stage’s 100-year history.

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