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The best childhood books leap from the pages into your imagination to create a kaleidoscope of color, sound, and magic. We hold books that were first introduced to us as kids with reverence. Often, we will return to these books, again and again, then reintroduce true favorites for the next generation.
Isn’t it exciting to be able to share new forms of our beloved novels?
My love of theatre and Broadway is well documented here on The Purposely Lost. I’ve been a lover of theatre long before I knew it was a profession one could have as an adult. So, when Sanaa Brooks from Popcorn and Tequila reached out regarding a free opportunity to see a new Broadway musical in previews based on a favorite young adult book, The Lightning Thief The Percy Jackson Musical, how could I say no?!
Previews: A series of performances for a public audience before a show officially opens for reviews. It’s a period that’s not quite a rehearsal, but not quite a performance. Rewrites and changes to script, score, and blocking happen frequently.
The Lightning Thief The Percy Jackson Musical is based on the first book in Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, The Lightning Thief. It’s everything a well-done musical based on a famous young adult novel should be.
Yes, it has action.
Yes, it has teenage angst.
And yes, the music ROCKS!
With brand new pop/rock music and lyrics by Rob Rokicki and book written by Joe Tracz, the musical accurately follows the original text. Percy Jackson is a young, wayward teen who discovers his dad is none other than Greek God of the Sea, Poseidon. That makes him a demigod. Suddenly, his world turns upside down. He’s sent on a quest, the most significant honor for demigod kids residing at summer camp Camp Half-Blood, to save the world. Easy, right? Not quite. Percy and his two friends travel the United States to accomplish their quest and save the immortal world.
The Lightning Thief The Percy Jackson Musical Review
While not every event in the 377 paged book made its way into the show, the creators did a great job distilling everything you loved about these characters into the 2-hour musical. You’ll even enjoy the show if you’ve never read the series, or have no background in Greek mythology.
Many cast members have been with the show since its world premiere Off-Broadway in 2017, as well as through its national tour that kicked off January 4th, 2019. They’ve developed quirky, interesting characters the audience wants to root for throughout their adventures, regardless of your background knowledge. With only seven cast members onstage throughout the production, it’s truly an ensemble show. Many actors play more than one character throughout the 2-hour musical. These specific, unique choices between characters lead to some incredible comedic moments.
Since the 16-week Broadway run is the production’s final stop on its national tour, now is your last chance to see this phenomenon. The Lightning Thief The Percy Jackson Musical is running from now until January 5th, 2020, at the Longacre Theatre.
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How to watch The Lightning Thief The Percy Jackson Musical:
Run time: 2 hours and 5 minutes, including one intermission
Or, head to the Box Office: Monday–Saturday: 10:00am–8:30pm, Sunday: 11:00am–7:00pm
220 W 48TH St. New York, NY 10036
(between Broadway and 8th Avenue)