Once again following in the footsteps of Harry Potter, who was brought to the stage in the musical ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’, Rick Riordan‘s Percy Jackson is also getting ready to electrify audiences in the limited Broadway run of ‘The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical’. ‘The Lightning Thief’ is the first novel in Riordan’s ‘Percy Jackson’ young adult series, and was previously turned into a live-action (non-musical) film directed by Chris Columbus, with Logan Lerman starring in the title role.
‘The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical’ was crafted by the team behind the hit ‘Be More Chill’, Joe Tracz and Stephen Brackett, with music and lyrics by Broadway newcomer Rob Rokicki. Tracz wrote the book, while Brackett will direct. It originally ran for a sold-out six weeks in 2017, before becoming a touring show. It was nominated for three Drama Desk Awards, and the soundtrack hit #1 on the iTunes soundtrack chart. The most recent tour hit 32 cities and kicked off in January, wrapping up in July.
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Per producers TheaterWorksUSA and Martian Entertainment:
Lightning Thief follows Percy Jackson, a son of Poseidon, and the newly discovered powers he can’t control, with monsters on his trail as he is on a quest to find Zeus’ lightning bolt and prevent a war between the Greek gods. The musical features an original rock score, with an onstage company of seven playing more than 47 characters.
Previews begin on September 20 at the Longacre Theatre. Opening night is set for October 16. The show must close on January 5. The Broadway cast was not announced and may differ from the touring company.
Deadline reports that choreography is by Patrick McCollum, “with set 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, hair, wigs, and makeup design by Dave Bova, and orchestrations by Wiley DeWeese and Rokicki. The production is being presented by special arrangement with Rick Riordan and the Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency.”
The 2010 film, ‘Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief’ was not a huge hit, but was solid enough to earn a sequel, 2013’s ‘Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters’. While it was hoped that this film series would adapt all six of the books, the demand wasn’t there. The property has now moved over to Disney who plans to revive it. (The musical is not affiliated with Disney.)
For more information or to buy tickets, visit lightningthiefmusical.com.