One of Disney’s strongest mythological heroes is coming off the big screen and onto the stage! A new adaption of “Hercules,” based on Disney’s 1997 animated film, is coming this summer as part of the Public Theater’s free Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theatre.
According to Deadline, the new stage show will feature music from the original animated film and additional songs by Alan Menken and David Zippel, a new book by “Glow” writer Kristoffer Diaz, and choreography by “Be More Chill” choreographer Chase Brock.
Deadline reports the “Hercules” staging will be the latest of the Public’s Public Works initiative production, which invites groups from throughout the city’s community to participate in the development of theater works.
“Our Public Works community promises to connect this brilliantly conceived story back to the earth from which it sprang: the people,” said Oskar Eustis, Public Theater Artistic Director. “What a grand and unlikely experience this will be.”
The show will run from August 31 – September 8. Additionally, the “Hercules” stage show will be directed by Lear deBessonet, founder of Public Works.
“We are thrilled to welcome Lear deBessonet back at the helm of our Public Works initiative for the first time since 2015,” said Eustis, who also spoke on his excitement for the rest of the creative team coming together for the new show. “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.”
Director deBessonet also spoke on her excitement for the production, saying: “Many generations of our Public Works families have embraced Disney musicals as a shared American canon. “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.”
According to Deadline, “Hercules” will be presented by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions, under the direction of Thomas Schumacher.
For more information on Shakespeare in the Park, visit the Public Theater website.