Disney’s ‘Hercules’ Musical Coming to New York City. Hercules is leaving The Big Olive and headed to The Big Apple. A musical version of the popular 90’s Disney Film is coming to New York City in 2019.
Seems like Hercules and I had a similar reaction! Having grown up in the Golden Age of Disney Films this has my little 90’s kid heart all a flutter. Now before you get too excited, let me clarify.
Hercules is NOT coming to Broadway (yet), so there is no need to rush to get your tickets at the moment. In even better news, The Public Theater announced that they had partnered with Disney Theatrical Productions and together, with a new book by Kristoffer Diaz and direction from Thomas Schumacher, they have created a stage adaption of the beloved film. We will even get to hear more music composed by Disney Legend Alan Menken and David Zippel.
“We are thrilled to welcome Lear deBessonet back at the helm of our Public Works initiative for the first time since 2015,” said Oskar Eustis, artistic director for The Public Theater. “Alan Menken is one of the great musical geniuses of our time; it is an honor to welcome him, David Zippel, and Kristoffer Diaz to the Delacorte. Our Public Works community promises to connect this brilliantly conceived story back to the earth from which it sprang: the people. What a grand and unlikely experience this will be!”
“Many generations of our Public Works families have embraced Disney musicals as a shared American canon,” said 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.”
The show will run from August 31st through September 8th in 2019 as part of the Free Shakespeare in the Park series. “But what about tickets? I NEED to see the Hercules Musical!” That’s the best part! The show is FREE! Ticket’s will be distributed for free on performance days to those who wish to attend.
If that wasn’t enough to give two thumbs WAY up, The Public Theater is welcoming a wonderful crew for the Hercules Musical production. We will get to see the creative works of:
- Director: Lear deBessonet
- Choreographer: Chase Brock
- Scenic Designer: Dane Laffrey
- Costume Designer: Andrea Hood
- Lighting Designer: Tyler Micoleau
- Sound Designers: Kai Harada and Jessica Paz
- Make Up Artist: Cookie Jordan
- Music Arranger and Supervisor: Michael Kosarin
A cast for the performance has yet to be announced. If you know any guys who can pull off flaming blue hair you may want to let them know about this show.
Well folks, it’s been a real slice. Will you be making a trip to New York City to see this performance this summer? What are you most excited to see from the stage adaption?
We hope the cast and crew of the Hercules Musical break-a-leg!
Photo Credit: Walt Disney Pictures
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