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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

75
Entertaining, Disappointing, Great staging, Clever, Quirky

See it if you/your kids are fans or just want to see a charming new show with great use of puppetry and staging to make a seven person cast look huge

Don't see it if you're expecting big-budget Broadway spectacle. It's a scrappy show that makes up for its physical limitations with heart and theatricality

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

84
Great music, Kid friendly, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you want a great show for kids/tweens/teens that adults will enjoy too.

Don't see it if you want a more intelligent, grown up show.

74
Disappointing

See it if You want to take your Percy Jackson fan to a show, and don;t care about costumes, staging, etc. You might enjoy the songs.

Don't see it if You are expecting anything exciting or magical. The costumes were childish. The story was hard to follow if you hadn't read the book.

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

80
Resonant, Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing

See it if If you know the books and are familiar. I was not. Liked Be More Chill and others of the same ilk. Great lead.

Don't see it if Don't want sometimes silly fantasy and you want an old fashioned musical.

70
Campy, Fun, Delightful, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy the Percy Jackson books and want to see a fun, musical take on it. Kids will have a good time.

Don't see it if You expect high production values or dislike teen angst or rock music. It’s a bit campy.

Also It’s a fun time, but don’t expect elaborate set pieces, costumes, or p... Read more Read less

97
Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You love the books!

Don't see it if Are not into musicals.

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.

84
Edgy, Hilarious, Clever, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You like mythology through a modern lens

Don't see it if If you want to see flashy big productions

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.

100
Magical, Great staging, Funny, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You love Percy Jackson or seeing your childhood stories come to life. It's a simple show, but that's what makes it so wonderful.

Don't see it if You like big and flashy Broadway musicals that are always over the top.

75
Funny, Disappointing, Fluffy

See it if You have upper elementary and jr high schoolers you need to treat to theatre.

Don't see it if You’re expecting a polished broadway production. Still a lot of rough edges

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

90
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Quirky

See it if you're a fan of The Percy Jackson book series...you're a fan of mythology.. a good show to introduce your kids to Broadway.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of the Percy Jackson book series or mythology. There is a minimal amount of set, and this makes the actors the focus.

Also Young adult audience members enjoyed watching this show...The dialogue... Read more Read less

78
Good enough, Quirky, Great singing

See it if If you are a Percy Jackson you will enjoy this play. The singing is great and the actors are entertaining. The staging is a little basic.

Don't see it if If you are not a Percy Jackson fan you may have problems understanding the plot and will most likely not care for this show.

75
Understaged, Great for kids, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you have tweens/kids who like the book or just want to have fun at the theater. It's mildly entertaining for adults, but the kids LOVED it

Don't see it if You aren't going with kids or want high-production values

79
Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if You love creative, campy musicals that don't take themselves seriously.

Don't see it if You're looking for thought-provoking, mature content.

Also This is a delightfully campy show that is just pure joy. The staging a... Read more Read less

87
Epic, Great staging, Clever

See it if You are into inventive theatre like Peter and the Starcatcher, this follows the same route.

Don't see it if you did not see it are not a fan of movie/ book being turned into a musical.

75
Quirky, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like the book and wanted to see a lighthearted family friendly show.

Don't see it if you're looking for a serious broadway show with a logical plot

Also The comedic elements are really what made the show. Actors has funny c... Read more Read less

77
Enjoyable, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you loved the book and/or movie and want to see it come to life onstage. It was really well-done, we . performed and we enjoyed it.

Don't see it if you don't like action / adventure. Or if you expect to see magnificent sets. The sets were minimal but really well done.

Also The show is perfect for kids. There was a whole field trip of middle-s... Read more Read less

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.


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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