Quill And Fox Presents: A Glowing Review of the Hercules Paper Mill Production

A Spectacular Night of Music and Magic

Reviews are pouring in for the highly anticipated Paper Mill Playhouse production of Disney’s Hercules in New Jersey. Following its successful world premiere in 2019 at The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park, the show has returned to dazzle audiences under the skillful direction of Obie winner Lear deBessonet. The official opening took place on March 1 after two weeks of captivating performances, and the production will continue to enthrall audiences until March 19.

Stellar Cast Transports Audiences to a Mythical World

Led by the talented Bradley Gibson, known for his performances in “The Lion King” and “A Bronx Tale The Musical,” the cast of Hercules delivers a powerhouse performance. Tony winner Shuler Hensley, acclaimed for his roles in “The Music Man” and “Oklahoma!,” portrays the formidable Hades. Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart reprises his role as Phil, a character he flawlessly portrayed in the 2019 premiere. Isabelle McCalla, known for her performances in “Aladdin” and “The Prom,” captivates as Meg.

Other standout performers include Jeff Blumenkrantz as Panic and Reggie De Leon as Pain, with the Muses portrayed by Charity Angél Dawson, Tiffany Mann, Anastacia McCleskey, Destinee Rea, and Rashidra Scott.

The Verdict is In: Hercules Shines Bright

Critics are singing praises for the Paper Mill production. Jacqueline Cutler from, Adam F. Cohen from New Jersey Stage, Roma Torre from New York Stage Review, Kobi Kassal from Theatrely, and Adam Cohen from Theatre Pizzazz have all raved about the show. For The New York Times’ in-depth review by Juan A. Ramírez, a free account or paid subscription is required.

Epic Ensemble Brings the Story to Life

The ensemble cast is equally impressive, featuring Kathryn Allison, Allyson Kaye Daniel, Lucia Giannetta, Jesse Nager, Kristen Faith Oei, Dennis Stowe, and Anne Fraser Thomas, among others. These talented individuals, along with Joshua Buscher, Marcus Cobb, Zachary Downer, Ryan Fitzgerald, Kendall LeShanti, Chani Maisonet, Skye Mattox, Jason W. McCollum, Erin Moore, JJ Niemann, Gabrielle Reid, Adam Roberts, Ben Roseberry, Christine Shepard, Chiara Trentalange, and Lamont Walker II, transport the audience into the magical realm of Hercules.

A Creative Team that Delivers Excellence

The production is helmed by a team of creative geniuses. With music by the legendary Alan Menken, lyrics by Tony winner David Zippel, and a book by Tony winner Robert Horn and Young Vic Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah, Hercules is guaranteed to leave audiences enchanted. The musical also features music supervision and arrangements by Michael Kosarin, orchestrations by Danny Troob and Joseph Joubert, dance music arrangements by Mark Hummel, and music direction by Ted Arthur. The creative talents of Chase Brock and Tanisha Scott shine through in their unforgettable choreography, while Dane Laffrey’s scenic design, Emilio Sosa’s costume design, and Jeff Croiter’s lighting design create a visually stunning experience. Kai Harada handles the sound design, James Ortiz adds his mastery to the puppet design and direction, Mia M. Neal works her magic on the hair and wig design, and Jeremy Chernick contributes special effects design. Holly Coombs ensures a flawless production as the stage manager, and Tara Rubin Casting brings together an exceptional cast.

An Unforgettable Musical Journey

Hercules at Paper Mill Playhouse is a testament to the power of music and storytelling. With beloved songs from the film, including the Oscar-nominated “Go the Distance,” along with new stage adaptations, this production is a treat for fans of the original and newcomers to the story alike.

For an enchanting night of music and magic, join us at the Paper Mill Playhouse. Experience the wonder of Disney’s Hercules and let us transport you to a world where heroes are born. Quill And Fox is proud to present this extraordinary production that will leave you wanting more.

Note: This article is based on the Paper Mill Playhouse production of Disney’s Hercules. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit