Bring on the monsters, bring on Broadway! Beloved Off-Broadway musical, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical, recently wrapped up its seven month North American tour, however the fandom still has plenty to be excited about. Looks like lightning strikes twice, folks, Percy Jackson is heading to Broadway!
Since its revamp in January of 2017, Percy Jackson became a fan favorite for its positive message and the fandom has become a great community for fans young and old who feel like “screw-ups”. Parents have also expressed love for this show as they are thrilled that there is a hero, who also feels like a screw-up, that their kids can relate to.
Based on the 2005 novel of the same name by Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical follows Percy Jackson, a teen with dyslexia and ADHD, and who has been kicked out of several schools. The teenager’s life gets even more complicated when he discovers he’s the son of the Greek god Poseidon. This discovery leads Percy to Camp Half Blood, a training ground for Demi-Gods just like him, where his fellow Demi-Gods explain that his dyslexia is due to his brain being hard-wired for ancient Greek and that his ADHD is his battle reflexes.
He also learns to harness his divine powers and is tasked with the adventure of a lifetime. With the help of his friends, Grover and Annabeth, Percy must prove he did not steal Zeus’ greatest possession and prevent a feud among the Olympians from erupting into a devastating war on Earth. On top of this, he must rescue his mother from the clutches of Hades, god of the underworld. No pressure, right?
Now the bolt is finally being brought to Broadway to play a limited 16-week engagement. The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical will arrive on Broadway September 20th to perform at Longacre Theatre (recently home to The Prom). Its official opening will be on October 16th and that’s all we know for now. Oh, the tickets are starting at a staggering…$39! Everybody say “thank you, Percy Jackson.” Information regarding casting hasn’t been provided yet.
As someone who has actually seen the show (it was amazing) I would prefer to see the cast from the National tour. And considering the time frame that may be the case. Either way stay tuned, Demi-Gods! We’ll update you as soon as we know anything new.