Free tickets will be distributed for all seven performances of HERCULES via an Advance Digital Lottery as well as a Daily In-Person Standby Lottery.

Public Works’ Musical Adaptation of
HERCULES

Delacorte Theater

August 31-September 8

Free tickets will be distributed for all seven performances of HERCULES via an Advance Digital Lottery as well as a Daily In-Person Standby Lottery.

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The Public Theater’s initiative that invites communities across New York to create ambitious works of participatory theater is closing out the summer in truly epic fashion. Public Works will present the glorious story of HERCULES, brought to vibrant life by professional actors and community groups from across the city. Directed by Public Works Founder and Resident Director Lear deBessonet, this summer’s production, based on the Disney animated film, will feature 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.



PUBLIC WORKS is a national and international initiative of The Public Theater that seeks to engage the people of New York by making them creators and not just spectators. Led by Founder Lear deBessonet and Director of Public Works Laurie Woolery, Public Works deliberately blurs the line between professional artists and community members, creating theater that is not only for the people, but by and of the people as well.

Jelani Alladin

Jelani Alladin

Roger Bart

Roger Bart

Jeff Hiller

Jeff Hiller

James Monroe Iglehart

James Monroe Iglehart

Ramona Keller

Ramona Keller

Tamika Lawrence

Tamika Lawrence

Krysta Rodriguez

Krysta Rodriguez

Rema Webb

Rema Webb

HERCULES is presented by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions, under the direction of Thomas Schumacher.

Lead support for PUBLIC WORKS is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, The Tow Foundation, the Abrams Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., The One World Fund, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., Gray Foundation, Leon Levy Foundation, The SHS Foundation, and The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Public Works’ Musical Adaptation of
HERCULES

Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by David Zippel
Book by Kristoffer Diaz
Choreography by Chase Brock
Directed by Lear deBessonet

Based on the Disney film written by Ron Clements, John Musker, Donald McEnery, Bob Shaw, and Irene Mecchi, and directed by Ron Clements and John Musker.

Scenic Design Dane Laffrey
Costume Design Andrea Hood
Lighting Design Tyler Micoleau
Sound Design Kai Harada
Sound System Design Jessica Paz
Wigs, Hair, and Makeup Design Cookie Jordan
Puppet Design James Ortiz
Additional Direction by Laurie Woolery
Orchestrator Danny Troob
Orchestrator Joseph Joubert
Music Supervisor, Arranger, and Conductor Michael Kosarin
Music Contractor Howard Joines
Dance Music Arranger Mark Hummel

Production Stage Manager Rich Steiger
Stage Managers Kristen Gibbs & Janet Takami

FEATURING
200+ New Yorkers 
including
Jelani Alladin (Hercules), Roger Bart (Hades), Jeff Hiller (Panic), James Monroe Iglehart (Philoctetes), Ramona Keller (Thalia), Tamika Lawrence (Calliope), Krysta Rodriguez (Megara), Rema Webb (Terpsichore), cameo groups 10 Hairy Legs, Passaic High School Marching Band, and a special featured performance by Broadway Inspirational Voices.

 The Public Theater is proud to offer Closed Captioning for these performances at The Delacorte Theater through the GalaPro app available for download on your smart device or by borrowing a device from the box office.

PRODUCTION NOTE
Production is in development please check back closer to your performance for specifics about show effects that may be of concern. As sensitivities vary from person to person, if you have specific questions regarding content, please call us at 212.967.7555.

Kristen Gibbs