5 Reasons to Say You’re in Love With This Summer’s Production of Hercules
by Melanie Raush
We’re bringing you the news straight from Olympus!
1. Jelani Alladin stars! Jelani is no stranger to Disney musicals, having made his Broadway debut as Kristoff in Frozen, and now he’s taking on another iconic Disney role: Hercules himself! No wonder we put him in last year’s 40 Under 40! The cast also features Krysta Rodriguez as Meg and James Monroe Iglehart as Phil, so basically: this is a cast full of heroes.
Photo: Ambe J. Photography
2: Roger Bart returns, this time as Hades. The Tony winner, known for playing our hero in the original Hercules movie, will now play the villain and we don’t need the oracle to tell us how AWESOME it’ll be to have him a part of this stage version!
3: New songs! Composer Alan Menken and lyricist David Zippel wrote brand new songs for this stage adaptation, which also features a brand new book by Kristoffer Diaz. But don’t worry – all of your favorite songs from the movie will be in this production too, so get ready for “Zero to Hero,” “I Won’t Say (I’m In Love),” and, of course, fan favorite “Go the Distance!” The Book of Mormon’s Nic Rouleau’s performance is one of our favorites (see below), and we can’t wait to hear Jelani’s version this summer!
4: Chase Brock’s EPIC choreography. Chase has worked as a choreographer for theater, modern dance, ballet, opera, TV, and even video games! He mixes different styles together to create truly unique performances, and his work can currently be seen on Broadway in Be More Chill. We’re super hyped to see his choreography for Hercules!
Photo: Matthew Murphy
5: Tickets are FREE!! If we didn’t already have you convinced to see this legendary production, this sure will! This production is part of the Public Theater'’s Public Works initiative, which invites community members across NYC to be part of the creative process of new and exciting productions – theater for the people by the people. Hercules will run at the beautiful outdoor Delacorte Theater (known for housing The Public’s Shakespeare in the Park productions) for just seven performances, so don’t miss it!
Go the distance and see Hercules August 31 to September 8.