Already closed | 2h 5m | Midtown W

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical (Broadway)

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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. 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.

2h 5m | Already closed | Longacre Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (257)


Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Clever, Great singing
Avg Score

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.

Also Every once in a while it is good for someone like me who goes to lots ... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining



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.

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.

Also I brought my 15 year old nephew, who had read the books & had seen the... Read more Read less

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.

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).

Also Watching The Lightning Thief is like being a child pawing through an a... Read more Read less

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.

Also most of the blame for this mess seems to go to the producers. They see... Read more Read less

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.

Banal, Uninteresting, Quirky

See it if you're interested in what would happen if Hadestown and Be More Chill had a baby.

Don't see it if you aren't a huge fan of the books.

Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Kid-friendly, Frantic

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.

Also "Before (My son) was diagnosed he didn’t know why he hated school, but... Read more Read less

Overrated, Intense, Indulgent, Disappointing

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.

Disappointing, Creative, Fun, Entertaining, Clever

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.

Entertaining, Fluffy, Clever

See it if You enjoy light hearted musicals with little depth.

Don't see it if You want great thought a provoking story or memorable music

Clever, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

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

Also Show is delightful & kids in talk-back said play better than movie. Sh... Read more Read less

Cheapest broadway production ever seen, Hardworking cast, Forgettable music, Piercing sound, Predictable plot

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);

Also It’s WICKED without impressive music numbers or scenic design; Shares ... Read more Read less

Quirky, Clever, Funny, Dizzying

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!

Fun, Quirky, Indulgent

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.

Banal, Slow, Insipid, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You have a child who loves Percy Jackson and you can sleep through bad music

Don't see it if you have standards

Very pre-teen, Great singing, Cliched, Ambitious

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.

Also I can't think of a better way to describe the show than to say it's ve... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Entertaining, For kids, Fun, Fluffy

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.

Also The kids around us LOVED the show-- lots of laughs and they were enthr... Read more Read less

Juvenile, Quirky, Fluffy, Entertaining, Funny

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!

Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if If you want to see a fun show

Don't see it if If you want something more serious

Also What a fun show. I laughed and smiled the whole time. Also great stagi... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Ambitious, Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Fluffy

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

Also The kids around me loved it, even if it was a permissible show with so... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Fluffy, Excruciating

See it if You enjoy Greek mythology and teenage stories.

Don't see it if You want a thought provoking, polished show.

Not up to broadway standards

See it if You are determined to see every musical that makes it to Broadway.

Don't see it if You are not already a HUGE fan of the source material.

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