Disney has the golden touch when it comes to big stage musicals: From Beauty and the Beast to Aladdin, the company’s animated classics have provided ample fodder for Broadway.
And if Alan Menken has his way, another modern Disney classic will be heading to the stage: The Oscar and Tony-winning composer told the Orange County Register he’s working on a stage version of Hercules.
“I have a very strong belief like Newsies, Hercules is going to have a moment that will surprise people.”
The 1997 movie featured Tate Donovan as Hercules, Danny DeVito as Phil, James Woods as Hades, and Susan Egan as Meg, as well as Broadway’s LaChanze, Lillias White, Cheryl Freeman and Roz Ryan as the Muses. Menken and lyricist David Zippel were nominated for a Best Song Oscar for “Go the Distance,” performed in the film by Tony winner Roger Bart.
In addition to Hercules, Menken created Oscar-winning scores for The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and Pocahontas, as well as The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Tangled.
Disney Theatrical put a little rain on our parade, though, saying in a statement, “Hercules is one of many great Menken scores, but no stage adaptation is in development at this time.” But the company has always played it close to the vest about what vehicles its prepping for Broadway.