As Eurydice in Broadway’s Hadestown, Eva Noblezada has the unenviable task of journeying to the underworld eight shows a week.
Hadestown is a musical retelling of the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. With music, lyrics and book by Anaïs Mitchell, the latest smash on the Great White Way follows Reeve Carney‘s Orpheus as he travels through a Great Depression-era post-apocalyptic hellscape to rescue his true love, all while encountering the likes of Persephone, The Fates and even Hades himself.
Hadestown‘s vibrant original cast recording is currently nominated for best musical theater album at this Sunday’s 62nd annual Grammy Awards, and ahead of the big night, Noblezada shared the pre-show playlist she uses to get in the zone each night with Billboard. “Please believe that your girl needs the pumping up, as she’s going to hell two times per show,” the two-time Tony nominee jokes of her picks, which include everyone from Billie Eilish and Amy Winehouse to Maggie Rogers and Joni Mitchell.
Check out Noblezada’s full pre-show playlist below.
1. “All the Good Girls Go to Hell” – Billie Eilish
Sooooo I’m a huge Billie fan. I think she’s a badass. And I’d let her slap my face for real. I love this song to play in my headphones at the gym before a show because I truly think it’s Eurydice’s song. Eurydice isn’t the bad guy in the show (“Bad Guy” by Billie is one of my faves as well, but I didn’t have space on the list) but people blame her for the hard decision she makes. It’s got such a sexy bop to it and I truly believe that the second Eurydice meets her fate, she puts her headphones on and listens to this song.
2. “Back In My Body” – Maggie Rogers
I love Maggie Rogers! I think her album is incredibly written and really gets me in my feels. The first time I heard this song, I was in a SoulCycle class and I got so emotional. Hearing her pure tone and the words she was saying really spoke to me. I think we can all relate to wanting to run away from ourselves and our situations — just like Eurydice would relate. So this song, for sure, touches my soul.
3. “Champagne Kisses” – Jessie Ware
Okay. So. I’ve loved Jessie Ware since her first album came out, and I am truly obsessed with her voice and her lyrics and the way she’s produced her album to groove in the bloodstream. But this song in particular adds magic to my body! It straightens my spine and adds some glitter in my lungs! Jessie Ware, no joke, is one of my favorites. If I met her I’d s–t my pants.
4. “Love is A Losing Game” – Amy Winehouse
I’m a huge Amy fan. I do tributes to her all the time at my cabaret show. I f–king love this woman and her artistry. I feel like a tiny, tiny, tiny, tiny percentage of my soul belonged to hers in a past life. I owe a lot of my voice to this woman. But this song, to me, pulls my heartstrings and I picture Eurydice listening to this as she walks down that lonely road to the next town. This song always brings me back to earth and into my feelings. No one sings it like Amy does.
5. “All I’ve Ever Known” – Hadestown original cast album
Okay, I know it’s cheesy to listen to myself but this song makes me cry! On the subway, on the walk to work or at The Strand bookstore, it makes me bawl! It’s so beautifully written. Anaïs Mitchell, the beautiful prophet responsible for the legend that is Hadestown, has written such a cosmic show. And this song is where Eurydice shows her vulnerability and love for her partner. I absolutely adore singing and performing this song as well.
6. “A Case of You” – Joni Mitchell
I LOVE Joni’s album! I listen to it almost every post-show bring down as I take my makeup off and have my gin. Her voice to me is so relaxing and familiar. This whole album she did with all of the jazz classics really takes me back to my upbringing. I listened to a plethora of music growing up, which I’m extremely thankful for! But this song really brings my heart rate down after a show, which is really helpful and a lovely moment to have in my dressing room.
7. “Painter Song” – Norah Jones
I grew up on this album. I know every word of this album, thanks to my parents, but this is one of my faves from it and I really dig it. I play this song all the time no matter what mood I’m in. My dressing room at the Walter Kerr [Theatre] is Olympus green, so whenever I play it there, it just resonates more. Her voice also is so relaxing and really helps me focus before a show. Love Norah Jones. What a woman.
8. “CheckMate” – Reeve Carney
Yes. I am [Hadestown co-star] Reeve Carney’s biggest fan. His album, if you haven’t checked it out, is a f–king masterpiece and It’s my go-to travel album! But this song in particular is my favorite. We can all relate to understanding the ups and downs about love. And Eurydice especially faces a devastating fate in Hadestown that Reeve’s song really points to. It reminds me very much of Amy’s song that I mentioned before in this list. And listen, all ten songs I chose could’ve easily been Reeve Carney songs but I had to give the other artists a chance.
9. “Situationship” – Snoh Aalegra
This artist is a fairly new addition, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that I am a huge fan of Snoh Aalegra’s album. Her voice is like honey and her lyrics punch right in the gut. Her album is a real romantic experience. And it’s a breath of fresh air to me to listen after a double show day. When I’m in the bath after going to hell four times, her music and her tone wash all the stress right off of me. This song in particular, though, is always in my head. I could never complain cause it’s a f–king brilliant song.
10. “Wait For Me” and “Wait For Me (Reprise)” – Hadestown (Original Broadway Cast Recording) Okay, I had to finish with a song that’s close to home. When I was given the Hadestown vinyl I listened to “Wait For Me” and cried. It was so incredible to listen to all of my Hadestown family belting out this iconic line and honestly, it’ll be a moment I never forget hearing myself as well. Not only is it a legendary moment in the show, but as a witness to the artist that Anaïs has so perfectly provided, it never fails to connect straight to my heart. I love Hadestown so damn much, man. And listening to this song is an overwhelming reminder. And also…it’s one of my favorite moments to perform in the show; jumping onto the revolve and belting my tits off. Anaïs Mitchell is a god. Period.