Photo by T Charles Erickson
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Hadestown, the winner of eight 2019 Tony Awards including Best New Musical and the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, will come to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts from January 9 – 21.

Hadestown is the most honored show of the 2018-2019 Broadway season. In addition to the show’s eight Tony Awards, it has been honored with four Drama Desk Awards, six Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Outstanding New Broadway Musical, and the Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical.

The North American touring production of Hadestown stars Amaya Braganza as Eurydice, Lana Gordon as Persephone, Will Mann as Hermes, Matthew Patrick Quinn as Hades, and J. Antonio Rodriguez as Orpheus.

The Fates are played by Marla LouissaintLizzie Markson, and Hannah Schreer. The Workers Chorus features Sevon Askew, Jamal Lee HarrisCourtney LausterDaniel Tracht, and Racquel Williams. Swings for the tour include Ian Coulter-BufordKC Dela CruzColin LeMoine, and Cecilia Trippiedi.

Producers Mara IsaacsDale FranzenHunter Arnold, and Tom Kirdahy said jointly, “Throughout its development, Hadestown has been deeply influenced by audiences around the world. We are thrilled and humbled to now share this beautiful story of hope, faith, and rebirth – written and directed by two amazingly talented women and brought to life by a diverse company of performers – with audiences across North America.”  

Following two intertwining love stories — that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone — Hadestown invites audiences on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back. Beguiling melodies and poetic imagination pit industry against nature, doubt against faith, and fear against love. Performed by a vibrant ensemble of actors, dancers, and singers, Hadestown delivers a deeply resonant and defiantly hopeful theatrical experience.

The Grammy winning Hadestown Original Broadway Cast Recording is now available at Hadestown.com/music.

It was a pleasure to sit down with Ian Coulter-Buford who understudies for Hermes and is a swing and the fight captain for this exclusive Hotspots interview.

At what age did you begin performing?

I began performing at the age of 3. I was singing at my local church (my grandfather was the pastor), and when they heard me, I got offered to sing all over. I started in musical theater at the age of 12. 

What was your first professional gig?

I want to say it was at the Muny Theater, and I think it was the Pajama Game. I got an hourly wage. 

When did you know performing would be your career?

My junior year in high school. I was playing tennis my entire life and they told me I had to choose…and I chose performing. When I made that choice I knew it would be my career.

Hadestown has taken Broadway by storm, is there additional pressure touring in this show?

A little bit, because it has such an impact on so many people and you want to do well.

Photo by T Charles Erickson

Other than this one, what has been your favorite role so far?

I did a show in the Denver area called “Trav’lin: A 1930s Harlem Musical Romance,” and I played Archie Stone. I loved that character.

What’s your fantasy role (a role you haven’t played but want to)?

I really want to play Lola in Kinky Boots. I think it would be a fun time and a big challenge.

How well do you and your castmates get along? 

We get along really well. The producers of Hadestown are really good at bringing great people together for the show. 

I hear you are single, what’s the perfect guy for you?

I would definitely say someone who understands my schedule. Someone who respects and appreciates the arts and my spirituality. Also, I need someone who is empathetic to humans. You may not agree with what everyone is doing. but you have to respect them. 

Describe yourself in 3 words?

Jovial, Laid-back, and spontaneous. 

What do you do for fun?

I love to play tennis and roller skate. Roller skating is my jam. 

What should our readers expect from this touring company of “Hadestown”? 

They should expect a great time and a beautiful roller coaster of emotions. In addition, there is very good music.

Fr more information on Ian, you can follow him at: Instagram.com/iancoulterbuford.

Tickets for Hadestown at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts start at $45 and are available at BrowardCenter.org and Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 954.468.0222 or at the Broward Center’s AutoNation Box Office located at 201 SW Fifth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL. 33312.

For more information on the show, go to: Hadestown.com/tour.