There’s a lot beyond Central Park’s SummerStage to get excited about this year. The Public Theater is preparing itself for some Disney magic this summer. Starting on August 31st, a live performance of Hercules in Central Park will take place at the Delacorte Theater! The Public Theater performers will be directed by Lear deBessonet, the founder of Public Works.
The Delacorte Theater is an open-air venue located just off of 80th street. Established in 1962, the theater offers views of Turtle Pond and the majestic Belvedere Castle in the background.
The theater is best known for its annual Shakespeare in the Park series. It’s also been the location of numerous productions of classic plays, but this will be its first Disney production.
The venue holds 1,872 seats, but theatre-goers should expect tickets to be tricky to get. Prepare yourselves ahead of time – according to the Public Theater’s website, “free tickets will be distributed on each performance day”. Those interested in catching a performance should check the Public Theater’s website “later in the spring for a detailed schedule”.
As public theater performances are free, one can usually expect to wait on a long line to secure tickets on the day of the show.
The show promises to bring aspects to Hercules that are both old and new, incorporating the tunes that viewers know and love from the 1997 cartoon. The production will also bring in new songs, courtesy of Alan Menken and David Zippel.
This event promises to be fun for all ages, and a great summer activity.
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