For a show that mashes up enduring, millennia-old myths, it’s apt that the Tony Award-winning musical “Hadestown,” which arrives Tuesday at the Citizens Bank Opera House for a two-week run, has built up its own considerable legend around its creation.
Indeed, its long and winding theatrical road echoes the quest of the show’s hero, Orpheus, to rescue his beloved Eurydice from the underworld.
The brainchild of Vermont indie-folk singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell, “Hadestown” began as a scrappy, DIY community theater project that toured in a silver-painted school bus around Mitchell’s home state some 15 years ago.
That folk opera, influenced by everything from “The Threepenny Opera” and English and Scottish folk ballads to Peter Gabriel and jazz, blues, and gospel music, was then recorded as a concept album in 2010, featuring Ani DiFranco and Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon and earning a Grammy nomination.
Later, Mitchell performed the record at venues around the country, including Club Passim in Cambridge, with a rotating cast of musicians in each city playing its characters.
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