Let’s be real about the Percy Jackson films. Hollywood did not adapt those books well. What could have been a cool introduction to Greek Mythology for a new generation of kids (along with fans of the series) was not good. It just wasn’t.
Needless to say, it is amazing that the property found new life as a musical. Though given the tradition of Greek drama and the deus ex machina, maybe it’s not that surprising. Either way, the property found new life in The Lightning Thief: A Percy Jackson Musical, which adapts the first book of the series.
The musical premiered Off Broadway in 2017 with a 32-city national tour in 2019. Now, it is finally heading to Broadway, according to Entertainment Weekly. The show will make its debut this fall 16-week run at New York’s Longacre Theatre. Casting for the Broadway run has not been announced at this time. The cast, interestingly enough, consists of seven people playing 47 roles with only Percy and Annabeth as a solo part.
The book comes from Joe Tracz (Be More Chill) and music and lyrics by Rob Rokicki (making his Broadway debut). The musical follows the plot of the novel in which Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon, must go on a quest to find the stolen lightning bolt of the god Zeus in order to prevent a war from breaking out amongst the gods. With his friends Annabeth and Grover, Percy must battle monsters and other foes in order to get the lightning bolt back and win the day.
Unlike its film counterpart, the musical has been well-received by critics. It looks like Broadway run will have little to worry about.
Preview begin on September 20th ahead of an October 16th opening night.
Check out a trailer for the touring version of the show below.
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