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

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.

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

45
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

40
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.

44
Ran out of bad selections, Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You are 12 and like the books...maybe. This might be ok as a minor regional tour but Broadway???

Don't see it if If you think it takes more than renting a Broadway house to claim to be a Broadway Show.

45
Dizzying in a bad way, Dizzying, Disappointing, Dated

See it if you want a show that MIGHT appeal to teens... but the one sitting next to me was not absorbed so I don't think this show will last.

Don't see it if you want a interesting perspective. it is very fluff.

30
Loud,stupid, Cliched, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you're ten and under. If you like loud, redundant music, if it can be called that(???) and uninspired direction.

Don't see it if you really want a theatre experience that entertains or enlightens or is worth your time and money.

10
Disappointing, Quirky, Overrated, Excruciating, Dizzying

See it if You have young children that love the Percy Jackson series.

Don't see it if You don't love the Percy Jackson series. This verged on painful.

33
Disappointing, Overrated, Confusing

See it if There is a chance you'll enjoy it if you are familiar with the source material. Kudos to the cast on working hard to make a silk purse.

Don't see it if Production values are very low. Worst lighting design I've seen in a Broadway show. Set design is lazy. Direction sub-par.

30
Disappointing

See it if You really really loved the book, you're under the age 13 and you don't want to see a traditional musical

Don't see it if You want to hear good songs, don't want to watch 30 year olds act like 13 year olds or have any sort of expectations what so ever

20
Boring, Slow, Overrated

See it if You have kids the ages of 6-10

Don't see it if You're a grown adult going alone. This show is BORING

42
Indulgent, Quirky, Cliched, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if you have young kids that are into the franchise

Don't see it if you actually want to see a good play

48
Entertaining, Ambitious, Cliched, Dizzying, Quirky

See it if you are a parent of a child interested in the greek gods.

Don't see it if you are an adult without a child. you will not enjoy this. it is not directing towards you and this will be apparent within minutes.

Also The Lightning Thief is simply another musical trying to board the band... Read more Read less

10
Slow, Confusing, Dizzying, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if If you are a kid and have an imagination because there was absolutely no reason for a broadway lover to be put through this terrible show

Don't see it if If you love broadway and quality. Don’t waste your time. It was like a middle school production.

20
Great singing, Dizzying, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You are a fan of puppetry, the series itself and have a free night where you’re looking to see some theatre for cheap.

Don't see it if You are expecting a broadway quality musical with thought-provoking material that is up to par with other commercial broadway titles.

Also From the start of the show I was very confused with the plot because i... Read more Read less

45
Fall short of expectations, Cheap stage magic, Great acting, Great singing, Overrated

See it if you are a hardcore fan of the Percy Jackson series. The music, acting and casting are great, but the stage magic is very much disappointing.

Don't see it if you are expecting awesome stage magic that the story calls for, because all the "magic" and effects that are cheap and cringe-worthy.

During previews
20
Excruciating, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You're a 10 year old kid who enjoys puppets. You enjoy cartoonish 1-dimensional characters.

Don't see it if You enjoy good singing or acting (NOT here). You hate bright lights that constantly blind the audience.

During previews
49
Ambitious, Fluffy, Confusing

See it if you know the novels really well.

Don't see it if you have no interest in a fast moving plot with things started and never mentioned again.

During previews
20
Quirky, Overrated, Dizzying, Disappointing

See it if you are interested in a children's show that attempts to make a point but doesn't actually get anywhere.

Don't see it if you are looking for a Broadway-level production -- singing, design, show all read children's theater

During previews
20
Banal, Slow, Fluffy, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you are a big fan of the "Percy Jackson" novels.

Don't see it if you want to see a Broadway-caliber show. This is above-average community theater and not anywhere close to Broadway standards.

During previews
49
Overrated, Indulgent, Quirky, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you read the book and want to see an attempt to put it onstage. The youthful actors all did a fine job.

Don't see it if you want to see a musical with a interesting book, great music and production values - It failed on all counts. Young teenagers liked it.

During previews
25
Excruciating

See it if You have a young child you would like to expose to live performance.

Don't see it if You are expecting a Broadway caliber show.

Also Obviously is a touring production of a youth aimed show. I wish for th... Read more Read less

During previews
25
Disappointing

See it if You have children who are interested in seeing it.

Don't see it if You're looking for more then a touring production in a Broadway House.

Also Nothing against touring productions of youth aimed theater, but with a... Read more Read less

During previews
30
Disappointing

See it if You have kids who would be interested in this show, bring them.

Don't see it if You don't have kids. Not meant for an adult audience.

Also I realized I was seeing a show pitched at kids and young adults, but I... Read more Read less

During previews
40
Low budget, Bad music, Cliched, Banal, Excruciating

See it if You love the book series and liked Be More Chill

Don't see it if You're over the age of 16.

During previews
44
Banal, Indulgent, Insipid, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You like stories about young people, modern takes on mythology, some nice singing, camp staging and silly comedy

Don't see it if You prefer sophisticated storytelling and intelligent lyrics


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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