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This Disney movie gets the Public Theater treatment in Central Park this summer

Shakespeare in the Park
Photograph: Courtesy Joseph Moran Shakespeare in the Park

Central Park is due for a dose of Disney magic this summer, and all theatergoers need to mark their calendars. 

The Public Theater, which is known for its annual Shakespeare in the Park series, will put on an adaptation of Disney's Hercules at Delacorte Theater, the 1,800-seat outdoor attraction in Central Park. According to The New York Times, this is the group's first Disney production, and needless to say we're ready to find a spot at the venue immediately...if not sooner. 

We recommend sharpening your singing chops with the best Disney songs of all time and making a visit to the coolest Broadway shows for kids in anticipation of the Labor Day Weekend event (performances will be held from Aug 30–Sept 8). It's hard to resist Shakespeare in the Park, but we're welcoming this new addition to the summer theater lineup with open arms. Even better? It's a great way to get kids involved in the theater scene. We love a trip to the Great White Way, but when the warm weather hits, all outdoor activities in NYC are irresistible. 

The Public Theater further reports that popular tunes from the 1997 cartoon will appear, but attendees should expect new songs as well, all courtesy of Alan Menken and David Zippel. Lear deBessonet, the founder of Public Works, will direct the number. 

Snagging tickets might be tricky, so prepare ahead of time. According to the Public Theater's website, "Free tickets will be distributed on each performance day. Check back later in the spring for a detailed schedule of our borough distribution dates as well as additional details." Watch that website like a Hawk, readers! 

You'll certainly want to add this Disney debut to your summer bucket list. We'll see you at Central Park!

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