"The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical" returns to New York (where it previously enjoyed a sold-out run) with six performances at the Beacon Theatre, March 28-31.
This dynamic "Lightning" musical, fittingly enough, begins with a loud thunder clap; then five performers move to the front of the stage, singing to punchy rock music. It is an apt start to this clever, hip, and irreverent musical, which merges teenage angst with Greek mythology. Adapted from the first book of Rick Riordan's popular series of novels, "The Lightning Thief" tells the story of Percy Jackson, who not only discovers that his absent father is the Greek god Poseidon, but that he has super powers himself.
Bookwriter Joe Tracz is a huge Percy Jackson fan, and he and his collaborator, songwriter Rob Rokicki, worked tirelessly to find the right tone for the musical, which has garnered three Drama Desk Award nominations. "They're big action adventure stories," he explains, "but they have such a sense of humor and heart to them."
Creating this wild, epic ride--without the sort of special effects available to filmmakers--required director Stephen Brackett to come up with clever staging solutions to tell a story that features not only gods, but mythological monsters. The set has a rock concert vibe, and the stage magic frequently is visible to the audience. 'We embrace that you're actually seeing what it takes to make an effect in front of an audience," explains Brackett.
When the show played a commercial run off-Broadway in 2017, it attracted not just super...