Thursday, June 13, 2019

Disney's Hercules Is Bringing The Magic To New York City

Photo: Disney

How can this guy be 22 years old?  He doesn't look a day over 20!

Disney's Hercules is celebrating its 22nd anniversary on 6/13/19.  
Disney's Hercules
Hercules Poster: Disney
The Public Theater has announced a Public Works staging of Hercules in the outdoor Delacorte Theater in New York City's Central Park.  The new adaption will be directed by Lear deBessonet and choreographed by Chase Brock.
Hercules in Central Park
Poster: Public Works Theater Group

We are so excited here at Picturing Disney we can't wait until August! The production will be accompanied by additional music by Alan Menken and David Zippel and a new book by Glow writer Kristoffer Diaz.  Two of our favorite things, new music and a new book!

If that's not enough...Jelani Aladdin (the original Kristoff) from Frozen on Broadway is set to star in the production.  

From Director Lear deBessonet:

"Many generations of our Public Works families have embraced Disney musicals as a shared American canon," said Public Works founder and Hercules director deBessonet. "Hercules' roots in Greek mythology, infused with soulful gospel music, make it a natural extension of Public Works' radical exploration of humanity through Shakespeare and the classics. We're excited to see how this Public Works production will uncover the deeper meaning of what it means to be a hero and how true strength is derived, not from the greatness of one person, but the transformative power of community."

Hercules will run from August 30 through September 8 and will be presented by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions. Professional actors and community groups from across New York City will bring the story to life. Hercules will close out the season at the Delacorte theater in Central Park following productions of Much Ado About Nothing and Coriolanus

The Best Part:

The show is FREE! Ticket’s will be distributed for free on performance days to those who wish to attend.
We will keep you posted on all the details as it gets closer to curtain time.  
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Public Works’ Musical Adaptation of Hercules:

Music: Alan Menken
Lyrics: David Zippel
Book: Kristoffer Diaz
Choreography: Chase Brock
Directed: Lear deBessonetBased on the Disney film written by Ron Clements, John Musker, Donald McEnery, Bob Shaw, and Irene Mecchi, and directed by Ron Clements and John Musker.
Scenic Design: Dane Laffrey
Costume Design: Andrea Hood
Lighting Design: Tyler Micoleau
Sound Design: Kai Harada and Jessica Paz
Wigs, Hair, and Makeup Design: Cookie JordanPuppet Design: James Ortiz
Music Direction: Michael Kosarin

1 comment :

  1. I think Hercules as a stage show would be fantastic! I love the music!