The animated Disney movie Hercules is turning into a real-life stage production, and you can count on Pegasus to bring the hero all the way to NYC by summer.
Hercules is being adapted into a musical by the Public Theater in collaboration with Disney Theatrical Productions for this year’s Free Shakespeare in the Park performances. The story will follow the mythology of Hercules and incorporate the film’s original score, with the addition of original songs by the movie’s composer Alan Menken and lyricist David Zippel.
The musical will be directed by non other than Public Works founder himself, Lear deBessonet, choreographed by Chase Brock, and will even include a new book written by Kristoff Diaz. As their announcement puts it: “Journey with Hercules in this new stage adaptation that invites New Yorkers from all five boroughs to participate in a joyous musical that celebrates the heroes found in all of us.”
The show will close out the summer season, with a run from August 31 to September 8 at Delacorte Theater in Central Park. For information on how to get tickets, visit the Public Works site directly.
featured image source: Movie Cover: Walt Disney Hercules