The Australian pop star will step into the role of Persephone September 5. (That same day Tony nominee Phillip Boykin (The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess)
will join the cast as Hades. The two artists will succeed Jewelle
Blackman and Tom Hewitt, who will both play their final performances
Betty Who, known for such chart-topping singles as “I Love You Always Forever” and “Somebody Loves You,” said in an earlier statement, “The opportunity to play Persephone in this incredible show is a dream come true. Musical theatre 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.”
Check out photos of Betty Who in rehearsal below:
Directed by Rachel Chavkin, Hadestown currently stars Grammy winner Reeve Carney as Orpheus, Solea Pfeiffer as Eurydice, Jewelle Blackman as Persephone, Tom Hewitt as Hades, and Tony winner Lillias White as Hermes. They are joined by Amelia Cormack, Lindsey Hailes, and Brit West as the Fates. The chorus of Workers is played by Emily Afton, Malcolm Armwood, Chibueze Ihuoma, Alex Lugo, and Alex Puette. The cast includes swings Brandon Cameron, Yael "YaYa" Reich, Eddie Noel Rodríguez, and Allysa Shorte.
Singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell’s folk- and jazz-infused musical layers the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice with that of Hades and Persephone, intertwining the actions—and consequences—of gods and mortals. Hadestown originally began as a theatrical concert performed by Mitchell.
The creative team features Tony-winning set designer Rachel Hauck, Tony-nominated costume designer Michael Krass, Tony-winning lighting designer Bradley King, Tony-winning sound designers Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz, choreographer David Neumann, and dramaturg Ken Cerniglia. Musical supervision and vocal arrangements are by Liam Robinson, with arrangements and orchestrations by Tony winners Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose.