Public Works’ Musical Adaptation of
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by David Zippel
Book by Kristoffer Diaz
Choreography by Chase Brock
Directed by Lear deBessonet
Based on the Disney film written by Ron Clements, John Musker, Donald McEnery, Bob Shaw, and Irene Mecchi, and directed by Ron Clements and John Musker.
The Public Theater’s initiative that invites communities across New York to create ambitious works of participatory theater is closing out the summer in truly epic fashion. Public Works will present the glorious story of HERCULES, brought to vibrant life by professional actors and community groups from across the city. Directed by Public Works Founder and Resident Director Lear deBessonet, this summer’s production, based on the Disney animated film, will feature the film’s beloved score, plus additional original songs by the film’s composer Alan Menken and lyricist David Zippel, with a new book by Kristoffer Diaz and choreography by Chase Brock. 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.
200+ New Yorkers including
Jelani Alladin (Hercules), Roger Bart (Hades), Jeff Hiller(Panic), James Monroe Iglehart (Philoctetes), Ramona Keller (Thalia), Tamika Lawrence (Calliope), Krysta Rodriguez (Megara), Rema Webb (Terpsichore), cameo groups 10 Hairy Legs, Passaic High School Marching Band, and a special featured performance by Broadway Inspirational Voices.
PUBLIC WORKS is a national and international initiative of The Public Theater that seeks to engage the people of New York by making them creators and not just spectators. Led by Founder Lear deBessonet and Director of Public Works Laurie Woolery, Public Works deliberately blurs the line between professional artists and community members, creating theater that is not only for the people, but by and of the people as well.
This production will include fog and flashing lights meant to mimic lightning. As sensitivities vary from person to person, if you have specific questions regarding content, please call us at 212.967.7555.
100 minutes with no intermission
No performance at The Delacorte Theater is cancelled before 8pm.
HERCULES is presented by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions, under the direction of Thomas Schumacher.
Lead support for PUBLIC WORKS is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, The Tow Foundation, the Abrams Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., The One World Fund, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., Gray Foundation, Leon Levy Foundation, The SHS Foundation, and The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Free tickets via the In-Person Standby Lottery at The Delacorte. You may enter the free in-person standby lottery before each public performance, at The Delacorte Theater in Central Park, from 5pm to 7pm. Starting between 7pm and 7:30pm, winners will be selected to receive up to two (2) free tickets. The lottery will continue until all available tickets are distributed. Learn More.
Sound System Design
Wigs, Hair and Makeup Design
Additional Direction by
Music Supervisor, Arranger, and Conductor
Dance Music Arranger
Production Stage Manager
The New York Times
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