“Hadestown has been one of the greatest blessings of my life,” Page said in a statement. “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.”
Hewitt, who previously played the role while Page was on leave from the Broadway production, is a Tony nominee for his performance in The Rocky Horror Show. His other Broadway credits include Amazing Grace, Doctor Zhivago, Jesus Christ Superstar, Dracula, The Boys from Syracuse, Art, The Lion King, Chicago and more.
Hewitt will join a cast that is led by Reeve Carney as Orpheus Eva Noblezada as Euriydice, Reeve Carney as Orpheus, Lillias White as Hermes and Jewelle Blackman as Persephone. Amelia Cormack, Soara-Joye Ross and Mariand Torres are the Fates and the chorus of Workers is played by Emily Afton, Malcolm Armwood, Brandon Cameron, Alex Puette and Grace Yoo. The cast includes swings Tara Jackson, Max Kumangai, Sayo Oni, Yael “YaYa” Reich and Davis Wayne.
The musical, written by Anaïs Mitchell and directed by Rachel Chavkin, opened on Broadway on April 17, 2019 and tells the story of two intertwining mythic tales—that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone—as it invites audiences on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back. Hadestown won eight 2019 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.