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Jelani Alladin, Krysta Rodriguez & James Monroe Iglehart to star in Public Works production of Hercules
The production will play a limited engagement from August 31 to September 8.
The Public Theater has announced initial casting for the upcoming Public Works’ adaptation of Hercules at the Delacorte Theater. The production is scheduled to run from August 31 through September 8, 2019.
Based on the 1997 Disney animated film, the musical adaptation will feature six songs by Alan Menken as made famous in the film, including “Go The Distance” and “Zero to Hero”. The musical will also feature original songs written for the new stage production.
The title role will be played by Jelani Alladin, with Roger Bart (as Hades), Jeff Hiller (as Panic), James Monroe Iglehart (as Phil), Ramona Keller (as Thalia), Tamika Lawrence (as Calliope), Krysta Rodriguez (as Meg), and Rema Webb (as Terpsichore), with additional casting to be announced soon. The actors will be joined by an ensemble of 200 cast members from across five boroughs, as well as a featured performance by Broadway Inspirational Voices.
Synopsis: "Public Works presents the glorious story of Hercules, brought to vibrant life by professional actors and community groups from across the city. Based on the Disney animated film, the stage musical features the film’s beloved score, plus additional original songs by the film’s composer Alan Menken and lyricist David Zippel. 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."
The creative team behind Hercules also features an original book by Kristoffer Diaz, music by Alan Menken and lyrics by David Zippel. Music supervision & arrangements is by Michael Kosarin, scenic design by Dane Laffrey, costume design by Andrea Hood, lighting design by Tyler Micoleau, sound design by Kai Harada and Jessica Paz, and wigs, hair & makeup design by Cookie Jordan.
Hercules is presented by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions, under the direction of Thomas Schumacher.
(Photos courtesy of The Public Theater)