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

During previews
70
Funny, Quirky, Ambitious, Good singing, Entertaining

See it if you are a fan of the book or have teenagers who'd want to see it.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy having too many kids among the audience.

During previews
85
Fluffy, Great singing, Entertaining, Charming, Simplistic

See it if you like a very simple easy to understand musical that exploits all the typical Broadway tropes Entertaining especially for a younger crowd

Don't see it if you need a little more meat on the bones of your musicals. This is a more minimalistic presentation, but not without its charm

Also Despite the powerhouse voices of Chris McCarrell (Percy) and Kristin S... Read more Read less

During previews
72
Funny, Cliched, Clever

See it if You like simple musicals, appropriate for the whole family with an epic narrative and a couple of good moments and songs.

Don't see it if You want broadway level staging, age appropriate actors, and a large musical sounds. Mind some character development flaws.

Also This feels like an off-broadway show, staged on broadway, while they h... Read more Read less

During previews
76
Funny, Entertaining

See it if You're interested in the material and have nothing to do, in my opinion it’s a Beetlejuice with little budget.

Don't see it if You want to see a serious and fancy show.

Also Tbh it’s not that , I even enjoyed it at some point.

During previews
75
Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you're a fan of the books or FUN FAMILY theatre. Creative, engaging, fun rock/pop score. Great for kids and families.

Don't see it if you're expecting a big splashy show.

During previews
70
Geared for young adults, Overrated, Great singing

See it if you are familiar with the author's work and can appreciate a fantasy geared towards teenagers

Don't see it if you have no interest in the fantastic, superheroes or Greek mythology.

During previews
78
Entertaining, Funny

See it if Kid friendly musical. Definitely geared more towards kids and teens. Definitely had me laughing

Don't see it if You’re expecting a broadway production. Low budget but it works.

During previews
80
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if you like the books or have a kid who likes the books; you want to see an entertaining fantasy story.

Don't see it if you want to see something realistic, don't like musicals, or are not a fan of the books.

During previews
72
Fluffy, Cute, Enjoyable, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you are a fan of the source material.

Don't see it if you are looking for some great work of art. Or if have issues with bright lights!

Also I enjoyed myself. The time flew and there was some great singing. Some... Read more Read less

During previews
86
Epic, Great staging, Great singing, Clever

See it if You enjoy musicals with puppetry and swordplay.

Don't see it if You don't want to watch a musical about the children of Gods.

During previews
84
Quirky, Refreshing, Entertaining, Funny, Clever

See it if Don’t trust silly reviews but instead ready to enjoy a small cast acting their hearts out in a simple but inventive theatrical miracle

Don't see it if Looking for bloated “Broadway” special effects or silly spectacle a la Moulin Rouge

During previews
89
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you love the books or the movie, if your interested in greek mythology or if you're a teenager who loves action and something slightly silly

Don't see it if you are not interested in great stories catered for young adults

During previews
77
Clever, Thought-provoking, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if You read the books

Don't see it if You like shows rooted in reality

During previews
75
Campy, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You enjoy anything related to mythology, at least a casual fan of Percy Jackson from the movies or the books

Don't see it if You want something with substance, or want to understand the words being sung by most of the actors, looking for more refined vocals

Also Throughout most of the show, the words being sung were not clear. It c... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Refreshing, Confusing, Quirky, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you're looking for a fun night out, and don't mind a show being unabashedly quirky.

Don't see it if you only want to see perfection. Some of the music and staging choices didn't enhance the show, and the plot had a few lags.

During previews
75
Quirky, Insipid, Fluffy, Funny, Entertaining

See it if It a kid show. My daughter teenage friend enjoyed it. My daughter thought it was for younger kids.

Don't see it if you do not have kids with you, or a huge fan of the books and the movie. I fell asleep, it reminds of the kids shows when my kid was a baby

During previews
76
Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if if you want to be entertained and laugh. its a night out

Don't see it if you only like big budget extravagant musicals- this isnt it

During previews
75
Loud, Quirky, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you have kid who enjoys the books. You wants to see some clever use of props and puppetry. You want to see a talented cast play many roles.

Don't see it if you value your ears. The biggest problem is the sound design is loud and unbalanced so your ears are ringing but you cant hear the lyrics...

During previews
86
Delightful, Quirky, Hilarious, Great singing, Funny

See it if You like musicals and the Percy Jackson books

Don't see it if You are expecting a completely serious show. This isn’t the movie.

During previews
72
Meant for off-broadway, Young, Fun

See it if you're a fan of the books, want an alternative to Disney, or like shows that are actor teched and make use of "found props"

Don't see it if you want Bway spectacle. It's fun but feels like it's renting the Longacre not truly a "Bway show" -- set expectations and you'll enjoy!

During previews
80
Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if See it if you love quirky, fun, small budget shows or if you’re a fan of the book.

Don't see it if Skip it if you prefer big budget productions or don’t enjoy shows about teenagers or fantasy

During previews
85
Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Clever

See it if you enjoy the YA novel, you enjoy seeing a small cast come together to create a world/story out of limited props/costumes/resources.

Don't see it if you are expecting a large Broadway show. This very much feels like an Off-Broadway show on a Broadway stage (not a bad thing!)

Also The cast and creative team were creative and clever with the way they ... Read more Read less

During previews
75
Entertaining, Quirky, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if minimalist theater aimed at teenagers with creative “found object” props and sets, especially if you enjoyed the book series

Don't see it if you are looking for a proper Broadway show, this show is a lot of fun but it’s an Off-Broadway parody show playing in a Broadway house

Also Having not read the book series I was a little lost at times, but coul... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Funny, Refreshing, Quirky, Delightful, Clever

See it if you love camp (in every sense) and a lean production of inventive found objects. The music will be stuck in your head the rest of the night!

Don't see it if you're not interested in seeing another show about another whiny teenage white boy

Also This show is particularly impressive to have on Broadway because it is... Read more Read less

During previews
90
Quirky, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You’re a fan of the source material. You’re vaguely familiar with the source material. You want to take your kids to a show.

Don't see it if You have never heard of Percy Jackson- it’ll be confusing. Don’t sit in the first 2 rows if you don’t want toilet paper thrown at you.


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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