Five queer male singers are The Muses from Disney’s ‘Hercules’ that we need

Ever since it was reported last month that a live action remake of Disney’s Hercules was in the works, fans of the beloved 1997 animated film have been trying to guess which stars could be cast as the legendary Muses.

Some of the biggest names in the music industry have been called out: Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé, Lizzo, Cynthia Erivo, etc. However, no one ever suspected that a group of five queer men may end up being in the running after epically recreating some of The Muses’ memorable music numbers.

Known for his fusion of pop, gospel and Broadway music, producer Michael Korte brings together five guys in an impressive and captivating video. In the video, singers LaVance Colley, Keenan D. Washington, James Wright Chanel, Tre “Rebel” Edwards and Cameron Wright perform impeccable renditions of hits from the Hercules soundtrack, including “The Gospel Truth”, “Zero to Hero” and “A Star Is Born”.

Since the video was released in September of 2019, it has been viewed over two million times on YouTube. In an interview with Attitude, Korte speaks about the video’s success.

“There were rumblings a year ago that they might be bringing Hercules to the stage [on] Broadway or back to the screen and the moment I heard this I knew we had to take on Hercules!”

“The music is the heartbeat of the film and the muses undoubtedly fuel that heartbeat with spirit and soul. Swapping genders of famous characters is something I love to do on my YouTube channel.”

He goes on to say, “Myself, my creative partners and our five male muses did not anticipate this overwhelmingly joyful response to our medley. To see our piece of content bring joy to Disney fans, Gospel music fans and so many members of the LGBT community has been priceless.”

Watch the “Hercules Muses Medley” below!

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Kyle Jackson

Kyle Jackson (He/Him) is Senior Staff Writer at Gray Jones Media, and additionally works as a writer, editor and theatre artist/actor. A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, he studied at Dillard University, received a BA in Theatre from Morgan State University, an MS in Arts Administration from Drexel University, and completed the British American Drama Academy’s Midsummer in Oxford Programme in 2017. Having lived in Baltimore, the Washington, DC area, Philadelphia and New York City, he now resides and works in London, United Kingdom.