Ready to "Go the Distance"? Public Works' world premiere stage adaptation of Disney's Hercules begins performances at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park tonight. The limited engagement runs through September 8, 2019, only. Check the Public Theater's website here for information on how to access free tickets to the production. Based on the 1997 Disney animated classic, Hercules features music by Alan Menken, lyrics by David Zippel and a book by Kristoffer Diaz. The Public Works production is directed by Lear deBessonet and choreographed by Chase Brock.
The air around the Delacorte Theater was ripe with anticipation. I’d passed the stand-by lottery on the way in, and there were squeals of excitement as winning numbers were being called out. I’ll always remember feeling that I was taking part in the event of the season.