Disney’s “Hercules” is certainly going the distance with this bold new project!
In an exciting announcement, Disney has confirmed that they are adapting Hercules into a stage musical and that it has found its strongman to lead the project along. Jelani Alladin, one of the many stars of the Broadway musical Frozen, will take on the title role in this summer’s new stage adaptation of Hercules, and with Roger Bart – who was the singing voice of Hercules in the 1997 film – was cast as the villainous Hades.
More cast members were also announced: Jeff Hiller (Panic), James Monroe Iglehart (Phil), Ramona Keller (Thalia), Tamika Lawrence (Calliope), Krysta Rodriguez (Meg), and Rema Webb (Terpsichore).
The casting was announced by The Public Theater. The musical will be presented as part of the Public’s Shakespeare in the Park season and will feature six songs from the Oscar-nominated Alan Menken/David Zippel film score as well as some new songs, which will be produced by the talented songwriting team.
Additionally, “Hercules” will include a new book by Kristoffer Diaz (known for Glow), and choreography by Be More Chill choreographer Chase Brock while direction will be led by Lear deBessonet.
The musical will run for seven nights only, Aug. 31 – Sept. 8, at Delacorte Theater.