Director Stephen Brackett ("A Strange Loop") and book writer Joe Tracz bring Rick Riordan's bestselling young-adult fantasy novel to Broadway in this action-packed musical adaptation. More…
From the show:
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.
See it if you're looking for a cute family friendly show. Based on young-adult novel, but writing skews much younger than that.
Don't see it if you're looking for a Broadway calibre production or must-see theatrical experience. It is cute and fun for what it is, but nothing standout.
See it if if you're in the YA demographic or accompany someone who is. Occasionally amusing. Tries hard to please with limited success, if an adult.
Don't see it if expecting a lavish, creative production.
See it if If you liked the book. If you are into superheroes and young people’s stories.
Don't see it if If you want a professional and adult play. If you prefer material for grown-ups.
See it if you need family fare that isn’t too scary, isn't sexual, and is simple in plot & design. Your kids will enjoy it; you’ll enjoy their joy.
Don't see it if you need highbrow, serious theatre; lack imagination; are over the “teen/tween-musical” scene (it’s the same book writer as Be More Chill).
See it if you have a 'tween who loves the Percy Jackson novels or 'tween who you want to get a "safe" intro to Broadway musical theater.
Don't see it if you want your 'tween to be introduced to quality musical theater.
See it if You are, are are the parent of, a fan of the novels. You want to hear a score from a new-to-broadway composer.
Don't see it if You have no patience for shows that are very explicitly for kids, and simply add jokes that are meant for adults every once in a while.
See it if You are very young and like loud, raucous musicals and don’t are too much about the story.
Don't see it if If you like to understand the lyrics and relate to the characters in a musical with a beginning, middle and end. Band drowns out singers.
See it if You like the Percy Jackson books, or Greek Mythology, and want to have a fun time with a show that is creative with its simple props/sets.
Don't see it if You want a highly polished production with elaborate staging, a serious story, or don't like silly humor.
See it if You have read the books & saw the movie. Play about modern Greek mythology & half-bloods having quests to beat the Gods Great costumes👍🏼
Don't see it if You don't like Joe Iconis & Joe Tracz books. Didn't like Be More Chill
See it if The most impressive visual effect is the flying toilet paper (as ocean water); Kid-fan of Percy book series may enjoy, but do bring earplug
Don't see it if Ensemble of 6, most actors are playing so many roles which look ridiculous (Percy’s mom=a classmate=the underworld elevator girl);
See it if you are open to youthful energy confronting the gods of mythology and the young adults themselves in this fast-paced musical.
Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional musical with soaring songs and lilting lyrics. Definitely for the teenager in everyone or not!
See it if you're looking for a fun, quirky musical that targets tweens but has moments any age group can appreciate. Not a "wow," but worth the time.
Don't see it if you're looking for a show that will really blow you away. The cast is solid, but it's deliberately cheesy at times, and never fully shines.
See it if you have a pre-teen who's into it, or just like musicals even if they're not terribly complex.
Don't see it if you're looking for something deep or subtle - this is neither.
See it if You have kids, especially fans of the book. Show is short and fast-paced. Fun and quirky.
Don't see it if Not a kid. Want more focused show. Not really Broadway caliber. More suited for off-Broadway. Music not memorable.
See it if You've young adults with you that are fans of the fantasy novel, or if you feel compelled to see every Broadway musical that made the cut.
Don't see it if 'not with a young adult, & are unfamiliar with the book. Unless you're a fan, you'll find the plot lacking substance. Better picks exist!
See it if You have middle school aged kids who have a connection to the story or if you want a perfectly ‘fine’ show
Don't see it if You want groundbreaking or polished theatre, or if kid friendly shows aren’t your thing