The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical (Broadway)
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The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

70%
(259 Reviews)
Positive
64%
Mixed
24%
Negative
12%
Members say
Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Clever, Great singing

About the Show

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.

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Strong lead players, Young, Fun, Unrwemarkable

See it if you'd like to see a fun (if not quite exciting) musical journey that draws on Greek myth & kid culture.

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Thought-provoking, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if SOME GREAT YOUNG TALENT,. A WINNER FOR TEENAGERS WHO GREW UP WITH THE BOOK,

Don't see it if SET IS MINIMAL. APPEAL TO OLDER AUDIENCE NOT AS STRONG

Critic Reviews (20)

The New York Times
October 16th, 2019

"‘The Lightning Thief,’ a Far Cry From Olympus: A musical adaptation of the popular fantasy novel comes to Broadway and goes to Hades."
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Time Out New York
October 16th, 2019

2/5 Stars "While those young theatergoers can fill in any missing details from memory, the challenge of turning a YA bildungsroman full of epic battles and road trips...into a musical has overwhelmed the creative team. In staying faithful to the novel, they've wound up with a mess."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
October 16th, 2019

"Teen Perseus Alights on West 48th in 'The Lightning Thief'"
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The Hollywood Reporter
October 16th, 2019

"The new musical by 'Be More Chill' author Joe Tracz and composer Rob Rokicki adapts the first book in Rick Riordan's best-selling YA fantasy series."
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Entertainment Weekly
October 17th, 2019

Grade: B- "'The Lightning Thief' musical is mythic fun that lacks range"
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Variety
October 16th, 2019

"The packed narrative may be child’s play for fans of Rick Riordan’s 2005 book — and there were plenty of enthusiasts in the audience on a recent night at the Longacre Theater, where the musical is having a limited run — but others will find the show and the bare-bones production simply myth-begotten."
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Deadline
October 16th, 2019

"Percy Jackson Musical Teases Gods And Monsters"
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Chicago Tribune
October 16th, 2019

"'The Lightning Thief’ opens on Broadway, all just flash and fun."
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Theatermania
October 16th, 2019

"'The Lightning Thief' Gets Thrown Into the Deep End on Broadway" Following a national tour, Percy Jackson makes his Broadway debut at the Longacre Theatre."
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BroadwayWorld
October 17th, 2019

"Teenage Demigods On A Quest in 'THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL'"
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Talkin' Broadway
October 16th, 2019

"The show is aimed squarely at the 7-10 age group, with barely a nod or a wink for the adults in attendance."
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New York Stage Review
October 16th, 2019

2/5 Stars: "A tiresome, overlong, patchy, tuner. 'The Lightning Thief' makes 'Be More Chill' look like Der Rosenkavalier."
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New York Stage Review
October 16th, 2019

3/5 Stars: "The team behind Percy Jackson knows and frequently charms its audience-even if its call to fight the darker creatures that lurk within and outside us has been delivered many times with more imagination"
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Theater News Online
October 16th, 2019

"A teen-oriented musical grows too big for its britches."
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Broadway News
October 16th, 2019

"‘The Lightning Thief’ inventively reveals the demigods among us"
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TheaterScene.net
November 2nd, 2019

"For those of us who saw the show previously, Stephen Brackett has redirected it so that it has lost all its charm as it attempts to intensify its effects for the Broadway stage. Using four of the original Off Broadway actors and three new ones, the teen characters are now pushing too hard."
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Theater Pizzazz
November 11th, 2019

"Whatever minor flaws it displayed at the…Lortel…where they were part of its charm, have been magnified in the Longacre's oddly charmless production…It now seems egregiously juvenile, aimed mainly at restless youngsters while ignoring their parents…Lightning does not strike twice."
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CurtainUp
October 17th, 2019

"If you had told me at age 12 that my two favorite literary protagonists - Harry Potter and Percy Jackson - would be headlining Broadway shows side-by-side in less than 15 years, I can't imagine I would have believed you."
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New York Theater
October 26th, 2019

"I think if I were eight years old I might have loved 'The Lightning Thief' on Broadway, but that's mostly because I would then have been too young to have seen it Off-Broadway five years ago…It's ballooned beyond its fighting weight…There is still some charm and wit."
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C
October 16th, 2019

"This often less-than-exciting if well-meaning adaptation of Rick Riordan's popular young adult novel continually tries too hard to 'please' adults instead of simply trusting its source material. Still, this hit-and-myth affair seemed to delight enough of the younger people in the audience."
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