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

81%
(153 Reviews)
Positive
87%
Mixed
10%
Negative
3%
Members say
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 (153)

76
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

76
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

Critic Reviews (22)

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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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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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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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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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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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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April 6th, 2017

"A deliciously dorky new musical...Sure to win over the books’ young fans, the books’ grown-up fans, and anyone in between...Embraces the clever energy and fun teen angst of the books. The songs skillfully flesh out the characters and their relationships to lend the play stronger emotional weight all while keeping the energy and enjoyment high...The main trio’s winning performances, as well as those of their fellow demigods, play up their characters’ trials in thoroughly endearing ways."
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April 4th, 2017

"It’s innocent enough and a fair amount of fun, although moments border on the ridiculous and silly…Some characterizations are played primarily for laughs and are a bit over-the-top…The direction seems to swing wildly from over-the-top clowning to more sincere moments of feeling…There is a good show hidden among the scaffolding and high school production-level kitsch on stage...It will take some work to raise this show from pedestrian to God-like."
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April 4th, 2017

“An energetic, generally entertaining rock musical for the seven-years-old-and-up crowd…'The Lightning Thief' is a fast-paced, decibel-blasting, theatrically frisky take on the original story...The show...adopts an air of deliberate, even self-deprecatory playfulness...Rokicki's conventional rock score...is a listenable, efficient engine for keeping the show moving but most of its songs are of the undistinguished, volume-up variety; only two even hint at standard balladry.”
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April 5th, 2017

“The cast is an incredibly talented group…The direction by Brackett is fun and keeps the pace at God-like speed. The choreography by McCollum is unimpressive and looked a little messy. Book by Tracz will appeal to teens and will keep their parents from being bored. The music and lyrics by Rokicki are tuneful and toe-tapping...The overall messages of belonging, community and acceptance make you forgive any of the show's faults.”
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April 7th, 2017

"With an energetic pop-rock score and a text that heavily taps into the real-world themes, 'The Lightning Thief' has the potential for greatness. It just misses the mark at times...If you're unfamiliar with the source material, the way some facts unfold becomes confusing...The magical world of 'The Lightning Thief' was subpar...It desired flash and pizzazz...'The Lightning Thief' is meant for the stage. And this production shows what it can be. Kids will love it. Parents will tolerate it."
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April 13th, 2017

"The zippy production addresses sexism, loneliness and parental neglect, but champions friendship and smart, independent choices—at lightning speed. Director Stephen Brackett makes the most of low-tech elements, utilizing mood lighting and creative costumes to create a parallel universe of monsters, centaurs and gods. He’s also blessed with a versatile cast...The dialogue is funny and the story, like its engaging, energetic lead, has important messages for adults and teens alike."
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April 8th, 2017

“With a novel’s-worth of ground to cover in two hours, the production favors incident over emotion, and potentially impactful moments are shorn of any dramatic heft…The routine pop-rock score and facile lyrics too often impede the narrative, instead of deepening it…The show may not sing, but McCarrell does, with brio. His reedy, falsetto and feverish buoyancy make the show watchable…There’s not much lightning in this ‘Thief,’ but the cast brings the thunder.”
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April 17th, 2017

"A slam-dunk crowd-pleaser for fans of the book and others...The story is action-packed and compelling, with both warmth and wisecracks, and the added bonus of an empowering takeaway message...Chris McCarrell does Percy proud. With his leading young man looks, strong voice, agility and stage presence, he is a sword-wielding talent to keep your eyes on...McCarrell is well supported by a versatile ensemble who play multiple roles."
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April 26th, 2017

“A fast-paced fun filled delight…The story moves along at rapid speed spiced with juvenile dialogue that is witty, many sight gags, and an infectious pop/rock score filled with songs which sound alike, but nonetheless put forth some universally positive messages for everyone…Chris McCarrell is appealing in the leading role turning in an engagingly high-spirited performance that starts out strong and sustains with passion throughout the evening.”
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April 5th, 2017

“In other hands this could have been cheesy; in Brackett’s team’s hands, it’s exhilarating…The battles are fun, the dialogue is endearing, the lighting design is captivating, and the sound effects add so much to the environment that losing yourself in the play becomes easy. The relationships between characters are enjoyable…The musical numbers, which are hit-and miss-throughout the production, are elevated by a cast that is just having such a great time it’s infectious."
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April 6th, 2017

"A charming off-Broadway musical that will appeal to all ages...If you’re not familiar with the story beforehand, it may be a bit of a struggle, at first, to follow the quick-paced plot. Once it gets going, though, the show is so engaging that it doesn’t matter...It has all the right ingredients—the combination of stellar words, music, and acting with the inventive set and prop use—to make 'The Lightning Thief' a long-lasting and successful show...Truly a delight."
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April 6th, 2017

"This production works on both levels: it’s accessible to the uninitiated mere mortals who want a good show, and it’s chock-full of things to love for the most ardent of demigod fans...It’s really impressive, considering the shoestring budget the show’s running on, how much they accomplished...Chris McCarrell is an absolutely flawless Percy...Great music, great acting, and a great story combine to make it one of the best nights of theatre we’ve seen."
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April 6th, 2017

"With amazing talent, catchy songs, heaps of humor, and a relatable story line with themes kids can relate to, demigod or mere mortal, it's a must-see for fans...The songs are witty, fun, and resonate with kids of all ages...Though this is a fantastical tale about ancient Greek gods and modern-day demigods, the theme is universal—adolescents struggling to find their place while trying to prove themselves to their parents, using their intellect and special gifts to make tough choices."
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April 8th, 2017

“This musical, based upon Rick Riordan‘s beloved book, is full of sarcasm, action, confusion, angst, and bravery...This production is filled with incredibly talented New York actors…McCarrell is a young Drew Gehling, charming the pants off of every ensemble member, and all those watching in the audience…‘The Lightning Thief’ is sure to invite fans of all ages, making everyone who enters its space laugh, possibly cry (?), and feel like a little kid all over again.”
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