Looking set to join the cast of “Hadestown”, a Tony award-winning musical is Lillias White. She will be playing the character of Hermes. Whenever the show gets underway, White will be the first actor who identifies as a female to hold down the role.
White, a successful winner of the Daytime Emmy and Tony awards starts her performances on September 13th when it begins at the Walter Kerr Theatre.
White will replace T. Oliver Reid, a June replacement for Andre De Shields who left the show. Reid will be featuring in his last show on the 4th of September.
White’s last appearance on Broadway was in “Chicago” as the character, Matron Morton. She had also appeared on stage with the shows, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” “Cats,” “Once on This Island,” and “Dreamgirls.” White was a 1997 recipient of the Best Featured Actress Tony Award for her performance in “The Life.” In 2010, White was also nominated for a Tony award for her performance in “Fela!”
The cast member of “Hadestown” is currently made up of Jewelle Blackman (Persephone), Eva Noblezada (Eurydice), Patrick page (Hades), and Reeve Carney (Orpheus). In the show, the Fates was played by Kay Trinidad, Jessie Shelton, and Soara-Joye Ross.
Other cast members are Yael Rich, Sayo Oni, Max Kumangai, Tara Jackson, Grace Yoo, Trent Saunders, Alex Puette, Malcolm Armwood, and Emily Afton.
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White was so thrilled to be at the Broadway opening for ‘Hadestown’ saying that the 2019 opening night was an experience that was both unforgettable and magical. She had gone on to say how the show was full of energy. She was happy to sit behind the father of the director, Rachel Chavkin who was so proud. She was also happy to finally meet Rachel, a phenomenal character. She went on about her she loved that evening of the show as well as how Dr Andre De Shields and the whole company had driven her to tears. She says that she is so happy to play Hermes while being a cast member of the amazing Broadway production.
Chavkin while speaking about White’s performance, says that she is elated by her performance in the show. Chavkin praised White’s legendary status while mentioning the magical effect that her voice has always had on shows.
She then went on to compare the mythical origins of ‘Hadestown’ to the characters on the show. She also mentions that she is happy about her the show’s cast for the national tour is completely different from the production on Broadway. She also mentions that she was proud of having a lady play the legendary character, Hermes for the first time. She compares the gender fluidity of the roles in the show to the nature of the Greek gods and says it adds more delight to the world.
“Hadestown” first debuted on the 17th of April, 2019 at the Walter Kerr Theatre but was soon shut down by the pandemic. The show then reopened on the 2nd of September, 2021 after the pandemic. Producers on the show are Tom Kirdahy, Hunter Arnold, Dale Franzen, and Mara Isaacs.