Kristin Stokes, Chris McCarrell & Jorrel Javier in The Lightning Thief

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is coming to Broadway

The Broadway premiere of The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is scheduled to begin performances at the Longacre Theatre on September 20, 2019.

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Here's some news of mythic proportions! Percy Jackson is heading to the Great White Way! The Broadway premiere of The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is set to play the Longacre Theatre for a strictly limited 16-week engagement this fall, beginning previews on September 20, 2019, ahead of an official opening on October 16.

Synopsis: "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."

The family-friendly musical features an original score by Rob Rokicki and a book by Joe Tracz (who made his Broadway debut with Be More Chill), and is based on the popular young adult novel by Rick Riordan.

Directed by Stephen Brackett and choreographed by Patrick McCollum, the creative team behind The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical features orchestrations by Wiley DeWeese and Rob Rokicki, scenic design by Lee Savage, costume design by Sydney Maresca, lighting design by David Lander, sound design by Ryan Rumery, puppet design by AchesonWalsh, fight direction by Rod Kinter, and hair, wigs, and makeup design by Dave Bova.

This musical adaptation of The Lightning Thief first premiered off-Broadway at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in the spring of 2017, where it enjoyed a sold-out, six-week run and ultimately earned three Drama Desk Award nominations, including "Outstanding Musical." A North American National Tour of the production was launched in January 2019 in Chicago and played a total of 32 cities, culminating in Boston last month.

The Lightning Thief was first published in July 2005 and is the first book of the "Percy Jackson & the Olympians" pentalogy. The novel has spent over 500 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list and even spawned a Hollywood film adaptation back in 2010.

Casting for the Broadway premiere will be announced shortly.

(Photo by Jeremy Daniel)

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