The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical (Broadway)
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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%
(269 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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Member Reviews (269)

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668 Reviews | 155 Followers
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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.

Don't see it if you want to be consistently excited or surprised. Read more

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506 Reviews | 1002 Followers
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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

384 Reviews | 231 Followers
69
Cheesy staging, Positive message, Too long, Quirky

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. Read more

392 Reviews | 204 Followers
71
Fluffy, Quirky, Ambitious, Clever

See it if Enjoyable family musical based on Greek mythology. The kids will have fun.

Don't see it if There were no memorable songs.

403 Reviews | 104 Followers
47
Poor tech, Excruciating, Disappointing

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. Read more

402 Reviews | 86 Followers
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Cute, Funny, Fluffy, Entertaining

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.

371 Reviews | 150 Followers
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Better-off in a smaller venue (or high school fare), Talented small cast working with mediocre material, Tween-and-family-friendly fun, Amateurish, Playful

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). Read more

374 Reviews | 69 Followers
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Childlish, Banal, Amateurish

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.

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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