BLESS MY SOUL! Get ready to GO THE DISTANCE as Disney's beloved animated smash hit HERCULES is gearing up to make its way onto the New York Stage this summer. Under the direction of Lear DeBessonet and choreography by Chase Brock, the show will have its world premiere as an outdoor production in Central Park's Delacorte Theatre (part of The Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park series) from August 31st through September 8th, 2019. That's 7 performances all FOR FREE!!!!
In addition, the exciting lineup of casting has been announced for the production. Heading the production are some familiar all-star Broadway faces consisting of…
Broadway favorite Krysta Rodriguez (Broadway's original and revival of Spring Awakening Broadway, The Addams Family Musical, First Date The Musical, and TV's Smash) as the feisty damsel in distress "Megara" (HER FRIENDS CALL HER MEG),
Tony Award winner Roger Bart (Broadway'Young Frankenstein The Musical, The Producers, and You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown) who did the original singing voice of "Hercules" in the original animated film now taking on the role of the wicked lord of the underworld himself "Hades",
Tony Award winner James Monroe Iglehart (Broadway's original "Genie" in Disney's Aladdin – The Musical and currently in Hamilton) as the ultimate trainer to the heros himself "Philoctetes" (HIS FRIENDS CALL HIM PHIL),
Ramona Keller (Broadway's Caroline or Change and Brooklyn: The Musical), Tamika Sonja Lawrence (Broadway's If/Then Musical, Come From Away, and recently in Gettin' The Band Back Together), and Rema Webb (Broadway's The Lion King – Musical, The Book of Mormon on Broadway, Violet, and Escape to Margaritaville: The Musical) as the musical Greek narrators themselves "The Muses".
HERCULES is based on the Greek Mythology legend of the strong hero who is the son of Zeus and Hera. The show will include a score by Alan Menken and David Zippel (who wrote the score for the original 1997 Animated film). Yup, you will hear all the songs including ONE LAST HOPE, ZERO TO HERO, I WON'T SAY I'M IN LOVE, and the Oscar nominated GO THE DISTANCE plus some new original songs. It will also feature a book by Kristoffer Diaz.
Who is excited?
The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham) announced casting for the Public Works' musical adaptation of HERCULES with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by David Zippel, book by Kristoffer Diaz, and directed by Lear deBessonet, running for seven nights fo…
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