Vermont-born singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell’s “Hadestown,” begun 13 years ago as a shoestring performance piece at Barre’s Old Labor Hall, won eight Broadway Tony Awards on Sunday, including best musical.
“It’s been a really, really long road with this show, and so I share this with so many people,” Mitchell said on the stage of New York’s Radio City Music Hall as she accepted the prize for best score.
During her red carpet arrival, the 38-year-old New Haven native recalled how she had graduated from Middlebury College in 2004 when a lyric popped into her head that sparked the first song for “Hadestown.”
“It began as a do-it-yourself community theater show in the state of Vermont and then it became a studio album and a touring concert,” the now Brooklyn-based musician told reporters. “We did off-Broadway, we did Edmonton, Canada, we did London and then we’re finally here. I’m just so grateful that we’ve been embraced by the commercial world of theater because this is a show that certainly didn’t come from the commercial world. It came from the wild woods.”