HERCULES to Play the Public Theatre this summer!!

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I also heard it’s Jelani. He’s going to be great.
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Kad said: "It's the same as any other Delacorte show: you show up-day of or enter their digital lottery."

Is there a disability line a la SHAKESPEARE?

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disneybroadwayfan22 said: "Kad said: "It's the same as any other Delacorte show: you show up-day of or enter their digital lottery."

Is there a disability line a la SHAKESPEARE?
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I believe so, yes.  It's treated essentially the same as Shakespeare in the Park, ticketing-wise. 

 

"...everyone finally shut up, and the audience could enjoy the beginning of the Anatevka Pogram in peace."
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Is there any news regarding the actual HERCULES musical from Disney in development by Menken?

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Ashley is such a boring choice.
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I...I think this is it.

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This is pretty damn strange, but I guess it could be weirder. Imagine if they had premiered the show with the Public’s Mobile Unit!
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If the Jelani rumour is true, I'd LOVE that but I personally was hoping Isaac Cole Powell would be Hercules...

Jelani is wonderful he just looks a bit too old for the role.

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I’m still hoping for Broadway
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None of that casting is interesting or inspiring. Give me some damn good powerhouse singers please.

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MadsonMelo said: "Is there any news regarding the actual HERCULES musical from Disney in development by Menken?"

... what, exactly, do you think this is?

The lack of knowledge of what PublicWorks productions are in this thread is truly staggering. 

 

"...everyone finally shut up, and the audience could enjoy the beginning of the Anatevka Pogram in peace."
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Alex Newell should be in this.

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sorano916 said: "Official announcement via The New York Times:https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/06/theater/an-unexpected-hero-will-visit-central-park-here-comes-hercules.html"

So, it is through September 8 (NYTimes) not September 3 (BWW).

Hercules on Public Works Site

Updated On: 2/6/19 at 03:19 PM
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PublicWorks shows typically only have a few professional or recognizable performers. The bulk of the ensemble will be community members. 

The press release also indicates to me that Disney will not be particularly involved in this production. They've given the Public the rights to the material and have probably been assurance that their brand will be honored, but this will firmly be a Public production. 

Disney granted the same sort of permission to the National Theater last year for Pinocchio. It's smart- instead of doing costly productions themselves, they are utilizing well-established and regarded theater companies to try more experimental artistic things and build awareness. 

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Kad said: "Given PublicWorks' history ofusing community dance groups, martial artists, gospel singers (among others)... Hercules is a really great choice as a property for them."

This. Also, the movie has so many scenes that take place outside in a way that fits the general staging and vibe for a lot of Delacorte shows. I just want to see performers bring this music to life again. I'm very excited. I kind of care more about the Muses than any of the main characters. With the big ensemble, A Star is Born could sound amazing.

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Kad said: "MadsonMelo said: "Is there any news regarding the actual HERCULES musical from Disney in development by Menken?"

... what, exactly, do you think this is?

The lack of knowledge of what PublicWorks productions are in this thread is truly staggering.


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Are u telling me that This Public production Is This same from This article?

 

www.playbill.com/article/stage-adaptation-of-disneys-hercules-is-in-the-works

 

as u said, it doesnt seems disney Is involved at all and I would guess Menken would Be talking about a Disney production like Aladdin or Frozen

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I also suspect it will be Jelani and Ashley Park in the title roles. Did anyone else see the series of readings/worshops they were in together on IG stories? I think it would be a fantastic pairing, I wish I could see the production! 

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MadsonMelo said: "Kad said: "MadsonMelo said: "Is there any news regarding the actual HERCULES musical from Disney in development by Menken?"

... what, exactly, do you think this is?

The lack of knowledge of what PublicWorks productions are in this thread is truly staggering.


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Are u telling me that This Public production Is This same from This article?



www.playbill.com/article/stage-adaptation-of-disneys-hercules-is-in-the-works



as u said, it doesnt seems disney Is involved at all and I would guess Menken would Be talking about a Disney production like Aladdin or Frozen
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It is the same intellectual property. Not all Disney productions have been massive Broadway spectacles - Hunchback and Pinnochio, as well as Shakespeare In Love, come to mind. It's also possible that Disney is exploring more developmental avenues to get away from their shiny-intruders perception.

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The Public Works shows are super fun- TWELFTH NIGHT was great last year. I think it's a smart way for Disney to test out HERCULES on stage to see if it has a future, show some community love, and give a little extra buzz to the reopening of the Delacorte!

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There is also a Chase Brock connection. He choreographed the American productions oh HUNCHBACK and all over Europe where it is still running in Germany and Japan, I think.

 

The idea of Disney handing these pieces to more experimental venues is very,  very,  smart.

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Kad said: "Disney granted the same sort of permission to the National Theater last year for Pinocchio. It's smart- instead of doing costly productions themselves, they are utilizing well-established and regarded theater companies to try more experimental artisticthings and build awareness."

Agreed. It's a win-win for them. If the production doesn't work, they didn't spend much money on developing it. And if it works, they can license it or move it.

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Say it's a massive hit, do we see this playing the Newman or moving directly uptown? It seems such a commercial property for this kind of avenue. But it's exciting nonetheless. 

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"Massive hit" in this instance is hard to define. It's a very short run made up of free tickets, and it's a community engagement project so it's considered differently by critics. PublicWorks shows always end up with full houses. 

And since it'll have that community engagement aspect, it's hard to commit to a longer run, since the bulk of the performers will be nonprofessional volunteers. 

I didn't see Shaina Taub's Twelfth Night when it was brought back as part of the Shakespeare in the Park season last year, but judging from reviews, it seems it was reconceived to some degree and had to feature alternating community ensembles due to its longer (but still very short!) run. 

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Updated On: 2/7/19 at 10:17 AM
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These productions have about 200 performers in them.  No way is it moving to the Public or "uptown" in this version.