Yola to join 'Hadestown' Broadway cast

The six-time Grammy Award-nominated Americana and roots musician will make her Broadway debut succeeding Ani DiFranco as Persephone in the celebrated musical.

Gillian Russo
Gillian Russo

Meet your new Lady of the Underground! Acclaimed Americana and roots musician Yola will make her Broadway debut in Hadestown, beginning performances on July 2 at the Walter Kerr Theatre.

Yola is a six-time Grammy Award nominee best known for her albums Walk Through Fire and Stand for Myself. She will take over the role of Persephone, the Greek goddess of the underworld, in Anaïs Mitchell’s mythology-inspired musical.

"When I saw I’d be playing the drunken goddess of spring I immediately thought, ‘that’s on brand,’” Yola said in a statement. “Not because I drink a lot, but because from time to time, I act like I do – but stone, cold sober. What a way to debut on Broadway.”

Yola takes over the role from Grammy-winning musician Ani DiFranco, who plays her final performance on June 30. Also departing the cast that day are Isa Briones as Eurydice (to be replaced by Maia Reficco, as previously announced) and Jon Jon Briones as Hermes.

Continuing cast members include Jordan Fisher as Orpheus, Phillip Boykin as Hades, and Jessie Shelton, Kay Trinidad, and Brit West as the Fates.

The eight-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical Hadestown retells the Greek myths of lovers Orpheus and Eurydice, who take a dangerous journey through the underworld ruled by Hades and Persephone. The show has played on Broadway since 2019.

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Photo credit: Yola. (Photo courtesy of production)

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