Lillian White to play Hermès in ‘Hadestown’ on Broadway ⋆
Photo of Lillias White by James Alexander of Sneakpeek Photography
Hell got even hotter. Producers Mara Isaacs, Dale Franzen, Hunter Arnold and Tom Kirdahy announced that the Tony Award and Daytime Emmy Award Winner Lillias White, one of Broadway’s most revered and beloved performers, will take on the role of Hermes in Hadesvillethe Tony and Grammy Award-winning Best Musical, at the Walter Kerr Theater from Tuesday, September 13.
White will be the first female actor to play the role of Hermès in Hadesville.
Tony Award-winning director Rachel Chavkin said: “I’m thrilled to have Lillias step into this role. She is a total legend, has a smashing voice and will bring a grace and warmth to the role that is uniquely her own. Hadesville is a myth, and so we’ve always felt that these characters can adapt to whoever plays them and take on new life and meaning with each new cast/spirit. I am very proud to say that the cast of our national tour is entirely individual from Broadway company, and equally powerful, and I am so proud to welcome a woman for the first time in the iconic role of Hermès, our storyteller, and guide. Like the Greek gods themselves, our actors change shape, size, color, tone, mood and doesn’t it makes the world more pleasant.
Lillias White said, “I’m always thrilled to attend a Broadway opening and see Hadesville Opening night in 2019 was a magical and unforgettable experience. Everything there was full of life. I sat behind Rachel Chavkin’s dad who was brimming with pride, and met Rachel who was giving birth to a phenomenal show while carrying new life in her womb. Everything about that evening shone with beauty, love and promise, and I was moved to tears by my good friend, Dr André De Shields and all the company. I am delighted and honored to take on the role of Hermès and to be part of this fine production.
White recently starred as Matron “Mama” Morton in the 25e Anniversary of the cast of the Broadway revival of Chicago. She won the 1997 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her spectacular role in Cy Coleman’s Life and received another Tony nomination in 2010 for Fela!. Her other Broadway credits include Effie White in dream girlsGrizabella in CatsAsaka in Once on this islandand Miss Jones in the 1995 revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. His first solo studio album Have fun! was released last year by Old Mill Road Recording.
Due to previously scheduled commitments, White will not be performing in Hadesville November 2-4; November 10-13; and from November 17 to 20.
T. Oliver Reid, who currently plays Hermès on Broadway, will leave the show on Sunday, September 4.
In addition to White, the Broadway cast of Hadesville is directed by Jewelle Blackman as Persephone, Grammy Award winner Reeve Carney as Orpheus, Tony Award nominee Patrick Page in Hades and two-time Tony Award nominee Eva Noblezada in the role of Eurydice. They are joined by Soara-Joye Ross, Jessie Shelton and Kay Trinidad as Fates.
The Workers chorus is performed by Emily Afton, Malcolm Armwood, Alex Puette, Trent Saunders and Grace Yoo. The cast includes swingers Tara Jackson, Max Kumangai, Sayo Oni and Yael “YaYa” Reich.
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