"Hercules" has found a new temporary home: Central Park.
A musical based on the 1997 Disney film has been added to The Public Theater's "Free Shakespeare in the Park" Summer 2019 lineup. It will be the final production of the season, with "Much Ado About Nothing" and "Coriolanus" preceding it, in that order.
The musical will be presented by Public Works, a Public Theater initiative that encourages community members to create and participate in theater. The cast will be made up of professional actors, with community groups playing a role in bringing the show to stage. The founder and resident director of Public Works, Lear deBessonet, is directing. The musical will feature the film's score as well as original songs with music and lyrics from Alan Menken and David Zippel, respectively. The book is by Kristoffer Diaz and choreography is by Chase Brock.
"Hercules" will get a chance to prove he is a hero when the musical begins its run Aug. 31. It concludes Sept. 8.