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

From 144 member  reviews
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.  More…

Greek gods are real, and they’re ruining the life of modern-day teen Percy Jackson. In addition to his human woes, he recently found out he's a son of Poseidon. Now Percy has newly discovered powers he can’t control, monsters on his trail, and is tasked with finding Zeus’s lightning bolt to prevent a war between the gods. Normal is a myth when you’re a demigod. Best for ages 7 and up.


Member Reviews (144)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Great singing, Delightful
82
Avg Score

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

70
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.

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

82
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

80
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.

94
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.

75
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

100
Delightful, Funny, Masterful, Must see, Great writing

See it if You're a fan of the books, or you just want to see an incredible show about a modern take on Greek mythology.

Don't see it if You can't take mythology or teenagers seriously.

60
Disappointing, Silly, over amplified, unfinished

See it if like kid lit and the Percy novels, have patience for high school musical quality work, have teenagers who are fans

Don't see it if you want musical sophistication and a "finished" product worthy of a potential move to Broadway.

Also Good cast who are having lots of fun. The teen audience loved it. Fema... Read more Read less

77
Refreshing, Funny, Great acting, Clever

See it if If you like a spoof but respectful one of mythology. The songs and story line are cute.

Don't see it if You like straight mythology stories. You prefer classics.

85
Clever, Great acting, Great singing, Hilarious, Delightful

See it if you enjoy quality shows for young audiences, with some top notch performances, and clever direction.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy theatre for young audiences.

82
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.

95
Enchanting, Great singing, Great writing, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You love the books. It was a slam dunk for its target audience and left me wanting them to adapt the next four.

Don't see it if You've never read the books. Watching the movie doesn't count. This was aimed squarely at fans.

94
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Masterful

See it if you are a fan of the author...or even if you never heard of him, like me. This musical is wonderful with a great cast in multiple roles.

Don't see it if you don't like to see young people singing and dancing and working their behinds off to bring you a great show.

85
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Kid-friendly

See it if you like clever adaptations of Greek mythology. Great performances, spot-on humor, solid rock music. Great for pre-teens and adults!

Don't see it if you are looking for a serious take on Greek myths, avoid bright lights and rock concerts, and forgot what it's like to be a teen.

Also Evidently this is based on one of a series of best-selling books about... Read more Read less

55
Great acting, Disappointing, Insipid, Kids' stuff

See it if You are a child.

Don't see it if You are an adult.

90
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You loved the movie and the book.

Don't see it if If you didn't like the movie and the book

85
Hilarious, Faithful adaptation, Delightful, Catchy score

See it if you're a fan of the book. Unlike the film, this does not disappoint! The creators have managed to produce a delightfully faithful adaptation

Don't see it if you're looking for something serious. This is a fun, family show. So, grouchy people (like the man who sat next to me last night), stay home

87
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Great singing, Epic

See it if you like shows based on popular material or are curious how an epic series can be scaled down into a musical that works!

Don't see it if you're not a fan of light, lean shows meant for younger audiences.

93
Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious, Great staging, Delightful

See it if You like bright lights and expose and fun and gods and mortals and young actors singing and stage combat. It was really enjoyable!!

Don't see it if You don't like fantastical musicals about gods and monsters. You want a serious drama. This is adventurous and a bit young actors

83
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You are a fan of the books and enjoy quirky shows. It was enjoyable and had great acting and staging.

Don't see it if You don't like very lighthearted shows, or shows for kids.

67
Dizzying, Quirky, Somewhat confusing., Teen oriented.

See it if ...you're a fan of the source material. You are a teen , new to theater. You like broad electric guitar based musicals.

Don't see it if ...you want more orchestra adult music. You want high production values in a musical. Another teen looking for parental love bores ya.

78
Fun, Imaginative, Entertaining, Delightful, Refreshing

See it if you want a fun and imaginative staging of The Percy Jackson series as a musical.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of the Percy Jackson series or Greek mythology, or care about teenage stories.

90
Really fun, Charming, Quirky, Surprising

See it if you love the book series, the movies, rock operas, Greek mythology, and/or quirky off-Broadway shows that are beyond clever.

Don't see it if you want something intense or serious, or if stories about teens/self-discovery aren't your cup of tea. But seriously, go see it!

87
Entertaining, Enchanting, Funny, Great staging

See it if You loved the books and want to see a clever musical adaptation and if you enjoy piece-meal set designs that require creative stage magic

Don't see it if You want serious theater.


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.....
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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...
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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 ki...
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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 Lightn...
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