By special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions, Public Works presents a new stage adaptation of the 1997 animated classic Hercules, directed by Lear deBessonet.

Alongside the Oscar-nominated "Go the Distance," as well as cherished songs such as "The Gospel Truth," "Zero to Hero," "I Won't Say (I'm in Love)," and "A Star Is Born" from the movie soundtrack, legendary Disney composer Alan Menken and lyricist David Zippel have written additional original songs for this world premiere stage musical.

The 1997 Disney film was written by Ron Clements, John Musker, Donald McEnery, Bob Shaw, and Irene Mecchi, and directed by Ron Clements and John Musker.

Tickets are distributed for free on a first come, first served basis in Central Park on the morning of each performance.

(Photos by Joan Marcus)

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Running time: 
1hr 30mins (no intermission)
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About Hercules:

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, 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.

Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by David Zippel, and a Book by Kristoffer Diaz
Public Theater / Public Works
Lear deBessonet
Tyler Micoleau
Kai Harada and Jessica Paz
Dane Laffrey
Chase Brock
Andrea Hood
Cast list:
Jelani Alladin (as Hercules), 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)
Other info:
Music Supervision & Arrangements by Michael Kosarin, and Wigs, Hair & Makeup Design by Cookie Jordan
Hercules Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
August 31, 2019
Opening date: 
August 31, 2019
September 8, 2019

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

Delacorte Theater

81 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023
Nearest subway station:
81st Street - Museum of Natural History Station

Latest Hercules News & Features

Hercules & Jelani Alladin
Hercules begins performances at the Delacorte Theater
August 31, 2019

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.

Jelani Alladin
Jelani Alladin, Krysta Rodriguez & James Monroe Iglehart to star in Public Works production of Hercules
June 21, 2019

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.

Our Hercules Review

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.