The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical, based on the first book (2005) in the popular book series by Rick Riordan, enjoyed a well-received, six-week, sold-out run at Off-Broadway’s Lucille Lortel Theatre in 2017. The musical continues to gain an enthusiastic following, and has just wrapped up a 32-city North American Tour. The next destination for this musical based in Greek mythology: Broadway.
Coming to Broadway for a strictly-limited engagement this holiday season, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical will play for 16-weeks at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre. TheaterWorksUSA and Martian Entertainment announced today that the show would begin performances on Friday, September 20 ahead of a Wednesday, October 16 opening night. Casting for the Broadway berth will be announced soon.
The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical boasts a book by Joe Tracz (Be More Chill) and original music and lyrics by Rob Rokicki (Broadway debut). The show will be directed by Stephen Brackett (Be More Chill, A Strange Loop), with choreography by Patrick McCollum (The Band’s Visit). Set design is provided by Lee Savage (Satchmo at the Waldorf), costume design by Sydney Maresca (Hand to God), lighting design by David Lander (Torch Song), sound design by Ryan Rumery (Be More Chill), puppet design by AchesonWalsh (On the Town), and fight direction by Rod Kinter(Red Roses, Green Gold).
“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.”
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. His forthcoming book, Sitcommentary: The Television Comedies That Changed America, will hit the shelves in October, 2019. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.