Review by Holli Harms April 4, 2017Words From A Nine Year Old:This story begins with the legendary Rick Riordan story of Percy Jackson book #1. It starts in NYC, in the Metropolitan museum with Mr. Brunner, Mrs. Dodds, the Yancey academy kids, and our hero, Percy (plus his right hand man, Grover). If you've ever read the first book "The Lightning Thief," you probably would know what godly thing is about to happen. And guess what, with costume, theater technique, and maybe a touch from the gods...
The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical Tickets
The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical Information
The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical celebrates its Broadway premiere at the Longacre Theatre for a special 16-week limited engagement from September 20, 2019 through January 5, 2020.
The Lightning Thief is the first book of Rick Riordan's "Percy Jackson & the Olympians" pentalogy and was published in 2005. It has spent over 500 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list and even spawned a Hollywood movie adaptation in 2010.
This musical adaptation first premiered off-Broadway at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in the spring of 2017, enjoying a sold-out, six-week run and earning three Drama Desk Award nominations, including "Outstanding Musical." In addition, a North American National Tour was launched in January 2019 in Chicago and played a total of 32 cities, culminating in Boston in July 2019.
The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical features a book by Joe Tracz, who made his Broadway debut in the 2018-2019 season with Be More Chill, and an original rock score by Rob Rokicki, which features such musical numbers as "Killer Quest!" and "Bring on the Monsters." Indeed, due to its initial Off-Broadway success, a cast recording of the musical was released in July 2017.
This Broadway production is the perfect opportunity to introduce youngsters to the wonderful world of the theatre, in the same way that the books have introduced millions worldwide to the grandiose world of Greek mythology. The production uses innovative ways to bring to life 47 characters through its 7-member cast, encouraging youngsters to use their imagination and get lost in the exciting theatricality of it all. For those not in-the-know, our protagonist Percy Jackson is a teenager, who discovers that he is in fact a demigod, a son of Poseidon. In Mr. Riordan's first novel in the series, Percy embarks on an epic quest to retrieve Zeus' missing lightning bolt and in doing so, prevent all-out war between the Greek gods.
So, we say "Bring on the Monsters" and bring on this family-friendly musical of heroic proportions!
(Photos by Jeremy Daniel)
As a son of Poseidon, Percy Jackson has newly discovered powers he can’t control, monsters on his trail, and is on a quest to find Zeus’ lightning bolt to prevent a war between the Greek gods. Based on the best-selling novel by Rick Riordan and featuring a thrilling original rock score, with an onstage company of seven playing more than 47 characters, The Lightning Thief is an action-packed theatrical adventure about accepting that normal is a myth and embracing the superpowers inside all of us.
Cast and creative
By: Book by Joe Tracz with Music & Lyrics by Rob Rokicki
Director: Stephen Brackett
Producer: TheaterWorksUSA and Martian Entertainment, by special arrangement with Rick Riordan and the Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency
Cast list: Chris McCarrell (as Percy Jackson), Jorrel Javier (as Grover / Mr. D), Ryan Knowles (as Chiron and others), Sarah Beth Pfeifer (as Clarisse and others), James Hayden Rodriguez (as Luke and others), Jalynn Steele (as Sally and others), and Kristin Stokes (as Annabeth), with Izzy Figueroa, Sam Leicht, and T. Shyvonne Stewart
Design: Lee Savage
Lighting: David Lander
Costume: Sydney Maresca
Choreography: Patrick McCollum
Sound: Ryan Rumery
Other info: Orchestrations by Wiley DeWeese & Rob Rokicki, Puppet
Design: by AchesonWalsh, Fight Direction by Rod Kinter, and Hair, Wigs & Makeup
Design: by Dave Bova