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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
70
Avg Score

78
Great for kids, mythological figures

See it if You have kids 8- 14 who enjoyed books - pleasant but not memorable score - a more innocent Be More Chill but with children of gods on quest

Don't see it if Theatre aimed at young is difficult for you to sit through - Still it’s a pleasant show - Jorrel Javier as Grover was the standout performer

83
Ambitious, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you are a teen-ager

Don't see it if you are tired of teen-age angst

Also Well, I enjoyed it.... Read more Read less

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..

76
Funny, Entertaining

See it if you love Greek mythology, are a fan of the YA series or just enjoy a coming of age-finding yourself-teen story. The story has some depth.

Don't see it if you are expecting a large scale production. The set is bare bones and actors are tasked with being multiple characters. They manage well.

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.

70
Quirky, Great singing, Cliched

See it if You like greek myth, fight scenes and rock music.

Don't see it if You want a more grown up show.

Also I saw it on Monday, Columbus day, while in previews.

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.

87
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if you are a fan of the books, of scrappy/youthful/new musicals, or love seeing the audiences full of kids engrossed in the story.

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of YA literature or plots, or are looking for a polished musical.

75
Clever, Overrated, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if You are a fan of the book...are young or just interested in fluffy entertainment.

Don't see it if you are looking for a great musical with great music.

74
Ambitious, Overrated, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You are into Greek mythology and like the story of Percy Jackson. Small production and new actors. Popular with kids and teens.

Don't see it if You like a big production and a more experienced cast. Smaller stage. Bit rushed. Overrated.

78
Delightful, Quirky, Fluffy, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you have younger members on your party. Great music. Cast performed at a heightened energy level throughout the entire show.

Don't see it if you hope to see spectacle or raditional Broadway magic. This was designed as a tour geared toward schools as a field trip opportunity.

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.

72
Quirky, Indulgent, Fluffy, Great acting, Funny

See it if you are a fan of the books, going with a pre-teen/teen or like light and fluffy shows. Kudos to the cast, who really work their tails off.

Don't see it if you expect to see a highly stylized production. The show screams off-Broadway/touring company. It has heart but very weak production values

75
Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you like the story of Percy Jackson.

Don't see it if you are looking for a huge Broadway production.

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.

77
Fluffy, Disappointing, Dated, Entertaining

See it if If you like family friendly musicals, and don't care about staging. If you grew up with the book or have children who did.

Don't see it if If you're tired of young adult adapations. Also, they had barely any scenery or special effects or even real costumes.

88
Emotional, Delightful, Clever

See it if you like the book, Greek mythology, or clever shows with young protagonists.

Don't see it if you want elaborate props and showmanship, or don't care for shows about teenagers.

Also I had the pleasure of seeing this show off-Broadway and again on tour.... Read more Read less

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.

88
Family-friendly, Quirky, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You enjoy a family-friendly show, more geared for kids but entertaining for adults as well

Don't see it if You don't want to sit with lots of tweens and listen to simple type humor aimed mostly at kids level

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.

80
Quirky, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You like musicals, or enjoyed the film / books. Most of the cast from the original Lortel run. Some very nice moments.

Don't see it if You are looking for a big Broadway flashy show, this is pared back to the absolute basics.

80
Entertaining, Refreshing, Quirky, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if You are looking for a pleasant experience in a mythical ( maybe) world.

Don't see it if You are looking for a show with a huge cast or a focus on contemporary political or social issues.

Also I wasn’t familiar with the story, so I read the book. That exercise pr... Read more Read less

100
Refreshing, Intelligent, Scrappy, Enchanting, Imaginative

See it if You were a fan of the books, want something family friendly, or want to spend time with lighthearted Greek mythology (Not like hadestown)

Don't see it if You want something more mature

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.


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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