Already closed | 2h 5m | Midtown W

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical (Broadway)

From 257 member  reviews
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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Clever, Great singing

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.

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

65
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.

66
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.

68
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

69
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.

69
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

69
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

67
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!

69
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

60
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.

59
Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Indulgent, Ambitious

See it if you are a 12 year old or think like one or are accompanying one or are a big fan to the movie.

Don't see it if you actually like musical theatre and are expecting a professional production with an original script and memorable soundtrack.

Also Dear lord please save me from these annual teeny bopper cartoon musica... Read more Read less

54
Overrated, Disappointing, Fluffy, Dizzying

See it if you are a teen or love the Percy Jackson books.

Don't see it if you want to see anything spectacular or something truly Broadway worthy. The house was fairly empty..

51
Funny moments, Not for grown-ups, Only for fans of the material, Disappointing, Clever

See it if you're a fan of the source material or if you love supporting new musicals.

Don't see it if you don't like shows geared toward kids.

50
Amateurish, Slow, Dated, Cliched, Banal

See it if you`re big fan of Percy Jackson`s series

Don't see it if you expect high budget show. I feel it was too childish, too unfinished, kind of still in previews.

60
Overrated, Great singing, Slow

See it if You are okay with seeing “Baby’s First Musical”. It’s really stripped down to almost nothing. The singing was pretty good though!

Don't see it if You want a huge show with lots of moving parts. This show was definitely stripped down to its bare bones.

67
Cheap quality, Kid friendly

See it if you have kids or you are a kid and are into the Lightning Thief franchise. I mainly wanted to see this for Chris McCarrell. Okay pop score

Don't see it if you expect a Broadway show should have Broadway production values. You like shows for their strong book/score.

Also Feels like a "good" high school play put together by high schoolers us... Read more Read less

67
Slow, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if you have read the books

Don't see it if you want something quality.

Also This felt more like a concert staging than a full blown Percy Jackson ... Read more Read less

68
Entertaining, Cute, Underwhelming, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if you love the book series the musical is based on. The show is clearly a labor of love, though the labor shows a bit too much.

Don't see it if you want to see a show that utilizes the opportunities a Broadway space holds. The show seems too low budget to have any real wow moments.

Also I am confident I would have enjoyed this show much more during its sma... Read more Read less

50
Lousy choreographing, Quirky, Great singing, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You like a Greek Mythology Spoof

Don't see it if Hundreds of Annoying, obnoxious kids that talk during the performance & Shake their boxes of Candy & empty cups with Ice Cubes bother you.

Also This was a poor, low budget broadway production; difficult to follow, ... Read more Read less

69
Bare bones, one great song, Quirky

See it if You loved the books and aren't expecting much in the way of set design, costumes or props. "My Grand Plan" is a great song!

Don't see it if You want to feel the spectacle of a big, Broadway show.

50
Disappointing, Banal, Quirky, Insipid

See it if you have young kids--I think the families really enjoyed the show, and there was some theatrical magic for the youngsters.

Don't see it if you're an adult. It's very childish.

68
Tacky, Fluffy, Disappointing

See it if you're taking your kids to the show.. and you have not experienced any other real on broadway shows.

Don't see it if you have "standards" for broadway shows. Quite tacky, felt more like a high-school production. The cast tried, though.

51
Fluffy, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you’ve read the books and are a big fan of musical theatre targeted to teens

Don't see it if songs are so so, not like the book, just a very mediocre show

63
Indulgent, Fluffy, Funny

See it if You want to support the score of a new composer.

Don't see it if You are looking for a thought provoking musical. This one locks depth.

63
Insipid, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You are accompanied by a child or grandchild who has read and loves the Percy Jackson books. The audience will be full of screaming children

Don't see it if Show is a (bad)school production. Scenery is cardboard,toilet paper,etc. Assumes that children are unsophisticated theatergoers.


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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