Hercules is about to go the distance — from zero to (stage) hero. The Public Theater announced who will be playing the lead roles in the upcoming Off Broadway musical adaptation of Disney’s Hercules.
Several of the actors are already veterans of Disney musical productions. Jelani Alladin (Frozen musical) will play the lead role of Hercules, Roger Bart as Hades (fun fact, Bart was the singing voice of the young Hercules in Disney’s animated movie), Jeff Hiller as Panic, James Monroe Iglehart as Phil, Ramona Keller as Thalia, Tamika Lawrence as Calliope, Krysta Rodriguez as Meg (star of Smash!), and Rema Webb as Terpischore. There will also be a featured performance from the Broadway Inspirational Voices.
This production of Hercules is based on the Disney movie and produced with Disney, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by David Zippel, book by Kristoffer Diaz, and directed by Lear deBessonet. It’s part of the Public’s Public Works initiative, which means that people from the New York community will also take part in the show, as was previously done with productions like last year’s musical Twelfth Night. This production will include six new songs and could well live on in some form in the future, but for now, it’ll run from only August 31 to September 8 at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park. For information on getting FREE tickets CLICK HERE