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Making the Music: Anaïs Mitchell Breaks Down "Why We Build the Wall" From Hadestown

Mitchell performs the number that's taken Broadway by surprise.

Anaïs Mitchell went from singer-songwriter to Tony-nominated composer this Broadway season with her new musical Hadestown, which lends a jazz-folk score to the classic Orpheus and Eurydice myth. Before the show ever came to the stage, Mitchell performed Hades's "Why We Build the Wall" for her audiences and saw the song grow in popularity and unnerving relevance for over a decade. Hear her reflect on the process of writing the song all those years ago, including a private performance at the beautiful YouTube Space at Chelsea Market.


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