Ani DiFranco will make her Broadway debut in 2024, joining the cast of Hadestown at the Walter Kerr Theatre on February 9 as Persephone. It’s also the role she sings on Anaïs Mitchell‘s 2010 album that the show is based on. “I could not be more thrilled to be joining the cast of Hadestown,” Ani says. “It’s like I get to rewind to my New York youth and follow the road not taken.”
“I can’t really overstate the influence of Ani’s music and example on me as a young songwriter,” Anaïs adds. “Poetic, bold, radically emotive and FUN, she simply has been a mythic figure in my life, and I can’t think of anything more beautifully full circle than Ani playing the role of ‘Persephone’ on Broadway. Grateful and awestruck.”
Ani will be replacing Betty Who, who currently plays Persephone in the show, and the cast also features Jordan Fisher as Orpheus, Lillias White as Hermes, Phillip Boykin as Hades, Solea Pfeiffer as Eurydice, Lindsey Hailes, Belén Moyano, and Brit West as the Fates, and Emily Afton, Malcolm Armwood, Chibueze Ihumoa, Alex Puette and Grace Yoo as the chorus of Workers. Tickets are on sale now.