(Off-Broadway) The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical
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(Off-Broadway) The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical

(Off-Broadway) The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical NYC Reviews and Tickets

(156 Reviews)
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Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Great singing, Delightful

About the Show

The Lucile Lortel Theatre presents an action-packed musical based on Rick Riordan best-selling young-adult fantasy novel of the same name. 

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Member Reviews (156)

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716 Reviews | 157 Followers
Ambitious, Cliched, Dizzying, Indulgent, Enchanting

See it if you are a fan of the Percy Jackson books, you enjoy loud rock scores, you're willing to follow a jumpy plot with few physical sets,

Don't see it if don't like loud music, don't like songs aimed at a teenage or younger audience or watching attractive young people bounce around

688 Reviews | 116 Followers
Clever, Entertaining, Confusing, Quirky

See it if From the young adult Jackson franchise, musicalization is witty, fast paced and intelligent Well sung & acted intro into Greek mythology

Don't see it if Energy flags in 2nd act (a few songs are repetitious) & lack of production values may be bothersome Ending feels slack rather than earned

535 Reviews | 488 Followers
Great acting, Great singing, Fluffy, Fun, Entertaining

See it if you'd like to see a well-written show intended for kids, or Chris McCarrell's performance which is at once both super honest and surprising.

Don't see it if you can't get behind a show that is ultimately meant for kids.

273 Reviews | 598 Followers
Fun, High energy, Best for youths, Great voices

See it if you like a high energy show, with fun upbeat rock music. Great voices. Perfect for ages 8-14.

Don't see it if You are expecting an adult geared production. The props and costumes felt like an innovative college production. But talent was great.

216 Reviews | 910 Followers
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if You enjoy a fresh take on Greek Mythology; children/teens in your life who love the books; strong vocals

Don't see it if You want a super polished show with expensive sets or a large production

302 Reviews | 101 Followers
Clever, Entertaining, Adolescent, Literary

See it if You are under 18 and a fan of the YA lit series , this is a must see.

Don't see it if You are neither of those things

289 Reviews | 92 Followers
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Quirky

See it if If you wanna sit back and have a fun, entertaining, evening. And go with kids who follow the books. They will have a blast.!!!!

Don't see it if If you want to see a Broadway type musical. That's not what it is.

283 Reviews | 28 Followers
Great singing, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a rock musical with a story from the Percy Jackson book. It is great for the 8-teen set, but not just for kids.

Don't see it if You want to see something thought-provoking or moving - this is just a great musical to a known 'coming of age' story.

Critic Reviews (22)

Time Out New York
April 5th, 2017

"Underneath its fantasy trappings is a relatable coming-of-age tale about growing up and finding your place in the world...The seven cast members, though too mature to totally convince as angsty adolescents, are charismatic and energetic, and handle the required quick character changes smoothly...The action rarely flags thanks to Brackett's sharp direction; Rokicki's spirited songs; Tracz's lucid book...For tween audiences, this 'Lightning Thief' is liable to steal their hearts."
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The Hollywood Reporter
April 4th, 2017

“This low-budget off-Broadway musical thoroughly charms…Providing ample compensation is the amusing dialogue, which proves just as funny for adults as children, and the tuneful, pop-rock score…Both the book and score feature plenty of funny gags…McCarrell makes for an engagingly plucky Percy. The rest of the seven-person ensemble, most of them playing multiple roles, are equally terrific…An excellent if irreverent introduction to Greek mythology.”
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April 4th, 2017

“Director Stephen Brackett keeps this two-hour show moving at warp speed, one song after another advancing the plot and hysterical performances filling the gaps in between…Along with the music, the show's special effects will captivate young and old…‘The Lightning Thief' is a great show to get kids 8 and up engaged with a full-length live theater production. "
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Lighting & Sound America
April 14th, 2017

"Delivered with plenty of brio thanks to Tracz's wisecracking, incident-rich script and the energized music and lyrics by Rob Rokicki...Under Stephen Brackett's buoyant staging, aided by Patrick McCollum's caffeinated choreography, Percy's saga makes a smooth transition to the stage...'The Lightning Thief' is not intended for couples seeking a Mom and Dad's night out, but you can take the kids and feel fairly certain that you'll have a good time, too."
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April 15th, 2017

“‘The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical’ is a clever entertainment from an exciting novel. Faithful to the source material, it should please both those who have read the book and those who have not. Unlike the similar 'Harry Potter' films, this story is an excellent introduction—or review—of Greek mythology made relevant for our own time. The remarkable special effects are clever in their simple solutions to the story's requirements.”
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Theatre is Easy
April 6th, 2017

"Writer Joe Tracz has excellently adapted Riordan’s novel for the stage by infusing wit and nonstop action into the high-stakes quest. Director Stephen Brackett creates a playful world...McCarrell is a charming young actor with a golden voice and swoon-worthy good looks...Much of Rob Rokicki’s music and lyrics are drowned out amidst the incredibly loud musical accompaniment...Audio errors aside, audience members will delight in this theatrical adaptation of Rick Riordan’s popular novel."
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Theater Pizzazz
April 25th, 2017

“More than clever; it’s an exuberant and exciting story that, along the way, teaches ancient history with wit and without sense of pretense. The language is smart without being smart ass and the characters are easily identifiable to both the young and old in the audience. There is something for everyone in ‘The Lightning Thief’…The songs are carefully crafted to express character and plot progression…Although mostly formulaic, the numbers have sufficient wit and are beautifully arranged.”
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Front Row Center
April 4th, 2017

“You wanna see a show that is completely innovative and inspiring, where you can share the experience with your children, where after you can go for sushi and discuss how good you feel, how much fun you just had? Yup that’s ‘The Lightning Thief.’ This production is acted and sung as well as any Broadway production…Fun and magic, those are the two words that best describe this production…Every song is a gem.”
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