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Central Park ‘Hercules’ is a heartfelt wake-up call for Disney

Disney’s still got heart. That’s easy to forget, because the studio that once taught kids to wish upon a star and to go fly a kite has turned into Cyberdyne Systems: an evil behemoth hellbent on taking over the planet with efficient, soulless, murdering clones. But hold your Pegasus — now there’s “Hercules.” At the Delacorte Theater in Central Park is Disney’s best stage material in years — more entertaining than “Frozen,” “The Little Mermaid” and “Tarzan” — and it’s being presented in a low-key but lovely production by the Public Theater’s Public Works program. The cartoon film “Hercules” was a box office disappointment for the studio in 1997, but has since become a cult hit. On Sunday night, yo ...
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