Saw the invited dress last night. It was their first time doing a full run of the show, which they noted in the opening speech. I throughly enjoyed it! The god costumes were a highlight, they were all so fun - I especially enjoyed the Hermès one since it was a direct call back to the movie. Jelanni was super cute and charming as Hercules. The way the show was staged with the community ensemble led to some really fun and giant moments, especially the big battle finale scene. Hades had the best of the new songs and Roger Bart totally stole the show! I thought the only weak link was sadly Krysta as Meg, she was mostly doing a Susan Egan impersonation and it never felt like she mad it her own character like the other actors did. Also her costume made her look like sexy Dora the Explorer and was terrible.
(Not sure which thread to post in so I'm posting in both)Saw the show tonight via the standby lottery. It was a huge crowd, but it was well-organized and moved swiftly. The show began late, around 8:20 or so (presumably to let more people in, which I appreciate). The show ran about 1h40m, so it got out right about 10. I thought the show was pretty fun and charming. Because it was Public Works, it had a healthy dosing of camp and schmaltzy sentimentality, but it was also somewhat more finely crafted than the other Public Works shows I've seen. Lots of the jokes were corny and a bit "eye roll"-y, but I also found myself laughing plenty. The way they tie in the Public Works concept of community was very sweet, and actually made a lot more sense than it did in Twelfth Night and As You Like It. The added songs are mostly pretty bland (I maintain that Alan Menken has lost his touch in the past decade or so, and I think that continues to be true), but I enjoyed the numbers he wrote for Hades and Phil, mainly because of the fun performances by Bart and Iglehart. I did enjoy the song they added for Hercules right at the end of the show (it actually made me cry, if I'm being honest). And of course, it was really fun to hear the songs from the film, and the whole audience was really excited when those numbers began. The puppetry is very impressive!
My friend got sick earlier in the day, so I had the opportunity to see this tonight. It's a wonderful, large, charming mess of a show. Community theater is so damn special, especially on a beautiful night in the middle of Central Park. Loved the music and the energy was electric. Most of the cast was strong and delightful. The only weak spot for me was Krysta who just didn't do anything for me as Meg. They won't be filming/recording this so see it if you can! It's so special!
Could someone with the playbill post the song list?
Song List:"To Be Human (Prologue)""The Gospel Truth""The Gospel Truth (Reprise 1 - He Ran the Underworld)""The Prophecy""The Gospel Truth (Reprise 2 - Hades Was Not Amused)""The Gospel Truth (Reprise 3 - Young Herc Was Mortal Now)""Uniquely Greek Town Square""Go the Distance""One Last Hope""The Gospel Truth (Reprise 4 - Young Herc Was On His Way)""Forget About It""A Cool Day In Hell""Uniquely Greek Tough Town""Zero to Hero""A Cool Day In Hell (Reprise)""One Last Hope (Reprise)/Go The Distance (Reprise)""The Gospel Truth (Reprise 5 - Herc Jumped the Garden Wall)""I Won't Say (I'm in Love)""Great Bolts of Thunder""To Be Human""A Star Is Born"
Like others, didn't know which thread we're posting in, so doing the faux paus and posting in both:I agree with these reviews.Those looking for a polished Disney musical, this ain’t. It’s a Public Works Show.The goal is community and so they basically do community theatre with big production values and throw in A-List theatre talent beside them. And so, it’s that doing Hercules.Jelani is so charming and endearing. Bart is solid and would find many more laugh if there was a traditional preview and run. The puppetry is festival puppetry, which feels appropriate. At times, I wanted a more dynamic staging but that’s the limitations of Public Works. One area that also suffered were the Muses. It’s clear the ones that aren’t professionals. They sound great, but some can’t move or act with the same conviction as the others.It’s adorable and winning. It’s Public Works. It’s free!
Jelani and Roger look great! Whoever said Krysta looks like sexy Dora is spot on.
We just saw the show tonight! My initial thoughts below (please excuse the stream of consciousness).I also wrote up detailed info on the standby lottery here, including counting how many pairs are available via standby: https://www.sharonstraveltips.com/2019/09/we-won-hercules-standby-lottery-central.html**SPOILER ALERT to be safe**We were high on winning and our love for the movie, but here are some honest thoughts:
Critic's Pick from Jesse Green:"Public Works Finds the Heroism in Hercules""With shrewd casting and amateur performers joining professionals onstage, a middling 1997 animated Disney musical becomes a pageant of civic engagement."https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/02/theater/hercules-review-public-works-delacorte.html
3 stars from the New York Post:"Central Park Hercules is a heartfelt wake-up call for Disney"https://nypost.com/2019/09/02/central-park-hercules-is-a-heartfelt-wake-up-call-for-disney/
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