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 Post subject: Re: Hercules on Stage
PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:25 pm 
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it's so good to finally see this movie getting its due. It seems to have gotten a recent push in merch thanks to millennial nostalgia, and not just at the Disney store. Ive noticed a lot of Herc merch when I went to Box Lunch. Just wish they'd make more stuff with Megara.

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 Post subject: Re: Hercules on Stage
PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:11 am 
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Sorry, Sotiris honey. It sounds like it's not coming to Broadway :(

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I can confirm Disney is working on a Hercules stage adaptation, and we are getting it SOON (much sooner than a lot of people are probably expecting). But it is NOT being developed for Broadway. They are taking a different route with this one. That’s all I can say! Official announcement should be coming any day now though!


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 Post subject: Re: Hercules on Stage
PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:15 am 
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I expect it might be for one of the Disney parks ? That kind of makes sense.


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 Post subject: Re: Hercules on Stage
PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:28 am 
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That's incredibly disappointing, if true. :( First Hunchback misses Broadway and now Hercules? Why waste two of Disney's best musicals by not taking them all the way to Broadway? Whatever they have planned, stock and amateur, international productions, parks, cruise line, etc. is not good enough. :x

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 Post subject: Re: Hercules on Stage
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.....because the two aforementioned films are not the IP's that Disney wish to focus on :roll:


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 Post subject: Re: Hercules on Stage
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Broadway is the only version that would get any media attention. I guess with Little Mermaid and Tarzan being flops they didn't want to risk something thats not based on a surefire blockbuster like Frozen.

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 Post subject: Re: Hercules on Stage
PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 12:21 pm 
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WHOOP THERE IT IS: OFF-BROADWAY! :rock: :rock: :rock: :rock: :rock:

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Hercules is about to go from zero to hero of your 2019.

BroadwayWorld has just learned that The Public Theater will present a stage adaptation of the Disney classic this summer at the Delacorte Theatre. The musical, which features music by Alan Menken, lyrics by David Zippel and a book by Kristoffer Diaz, will be directed by Lear deBessonet and choreographed by Chase Brock.

The Public Works production is set to begin performances on August 30 and will run through September 3. A reading is set to take place this April.

According to a casting notice, the role of Hercules will be played by an African American actor.


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 Post subject: Re: Hercules on Stage
PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 1:44 pm 
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Doesn't this mean it could still make its way to Broadway? Both Newsies and Aladdin started out as out-of-town productions before Disney realized their potential. They weren't Broadway-bound from the start. This is a bit different since it's Off-Broadway but the situation seems similar.

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 Post subject: Re: Hercules on Stage
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WHOOP THERE IT IS: OFF-BROADWAY! :rock: :rock: :rock: :rock: :rock:

I’m not sure what there is to be so happy about--that you were right, I guess? :? :roll:

Anyway, hopefully it gets a cast recording like Hunchback.

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 Post subject: Re: Hercules on Stage
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Jelani Alladin (who plays Kristoff in Frozen: The Broadway Musical) and Ashley Park are rumored to be playing Hercules and Megara respectively. The fact that Jelani is leaving Frozen and the casting notice indicates that a Black actor will be portraying Hercules seem to corroborate the rumors.

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 Post subject: Re: Hercules on Stage
PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:18 pm 
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Well, though it isn't a Broadway show, I'm glad they're making something with this underrated Disney classic.

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Doesn't this mean it could still make its way to Broadway? Both Newsies and Aladdin started out as out-of-town productions before Disney realized their potential. They weren't Broadway-bound from the start. This is a bit different since it's Off-Broadway but the situation seems similar.

Yes, I think it's still possible. I hope it's successful enough and they decide to take it to Broadway.


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 Post subject: Re: Hercules on Stage
PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:36 pm 
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Although Hunchback didn't make it to Broadway, there was certainly a push for that so Hercules could receive something similar. However, personally I can't see Disney pushing this to Broadway. They're more focused on keeping their big moneymakers there like Aladdin and Frozen, and Hercules isn't anywhere near that level.


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 Post subject: Re: Hercules on Stage
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One of the biggest reasons Hunchback didn't make it to Broadway was due to the choir. The cost (I believe they would all have to be Equity for Broadway) would have been too high. I think if the reviews had been a complete smash hit they may have done a limited run (with potential to extend, like Newsies) but sadly that didn't happen.

Disney Theatrical is being much more experimental these days, which is great as more shows are getting a chance. Except for Frozen, all their recent productions (like Aladdin and Newsies) have started out as limited run pilots done in partnership with the theatres putting on the production rather than being announced for Broadway straight away.

There's every chance Hercules could "go the distance" and come to Broadway if this production is successful. BUT it would likely be very different to what we're getting this year. This production will be out door, Public Works. The cast will likely be massive, much larger than a traditional Broadway cast. Not saying they couldn't re-work it for a Broadway stage, just that doesn't appear to be the plan at the moment. Success obviously changes everything, but I'd expect regional productions like Hunchback to be more likely than a Broadway transfer in the immediate future. Even that doesn't rule out Broadway in the future, Aladdin had two regional productions after the pilot before being announced for Broadway.

Hopefully it does well and we can at least get a Studio Recording like we did for Hunchback.


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 Post subject: Re: Hercules on Stage
PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 2:52 am 
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More details about the Public Works production.

An Unexpected Hero Will Visit Central Park: Here Comes Hercules
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/06/thea ... cules.html

Hercules Stage Musical Coming to New York City This Summer
https://d23.com/hercules-stage-musical- ... ty-summer/

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 Post subject: Re: Hercules on Stage
PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2019 6:18 am 
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I already posted this in a different topic but many might have missed it:

I was lucky enough to do a short interview with Alan Menken while he was in Berlin, Germany for the premiere of Aladdin.
I asked him about the Hercules musical coming to NYC and why "Proud of your Boy" is missing from the new Aladdin movie which he answers partly by speaking about "Speechless".

The interview starts at 8:50 (all before and after that part is German).
Speaking of that I am extremely sorry about my English in this video. That was both my accent and all the nervosity of meeting and interview ALAN MENKEN!! :oops:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5234c6KTy4k&t=8m50s


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 Post subject: Re: Hercules on Stage
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'Hercules' Stage Musical Adaptation Finds Its Strongman: Jelani Alladin Among Cast Announced For Shakespeare In The Park Production
https://deadline.com/2019/06/disney-her ... 202635699/

Look at the impressive cast!!


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 Post subject: Re: Hercules on Stage
PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 6:46 pm 
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So happy that James is playing Phil! So wish I could see this!!


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