New Version of Lightning Thief Musical to Play Off-Broadway

News   New Version of Lightning Thief Musical to Play Off-Broadway
Chris McCarrell will star in the new production that features an updated score and script.
Chris McCarrell
Chris McCarrell

Chris McCarrell (Les Miserables, Peter Pan Live, The OA) is set to star in a new version of The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical this March at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. The show, which has been touring the country, now features an updated score, expanded script, a larger cast, and a live band.

Adapted from the book of the same name by Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief is written by Joe Tracz (Series of Unfortunate Events) and Rob Rokicki (Strange Tails), with direction by Stephen Brackett (Buyer and Cellar). An earlier version of the show debuted in New York in 2014 as part of Theatreworks USA’s free theatre series before heading on tour.

Performances of the new version will begin March 23, with an opening set for April 4. The limited engagement is scheduled to run through May 6.

McCarrell will star as Percy Jackson, a 12-year-old boy who journeys into a world of mythological monsters and Greek gods. “I've always had an Off-Broadway heart, so this is such a homecoming for me,” says the actor in a press statement. “And to start it off at the Lortel is an actual dream. Can't wait to pour all I got into Percy Jackson. He's going to be quick, bold, and sharp. Young messy demigod finding his way? I'm in. Excited to work with the team to make this innovative, magical and heartfelt show our own.”

Watch McCarrell sing “Good Kid“ from The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical:

Here’s how production notes bill the story: “Percy Jackson has newly discovered powers he can’t control, monsters on his trail, and he is on a quest to find Zeus’s lightning bolt and prevent a war between the Greek gods. Normal is a myth when you’re a demigod.“

The new staging will feature musical direction by Wiley DeWeese (The Wildness), orchestrations by DeWeese and Rokicki, choreography by Patrick McCollum (The Band’s Visit), and fight direction by Rod Kinter (More Than All the World). The creative team also features David Lander (lighting design), Lee Savage (set design), Sydney Maresca (costume design), and Ryan Rumery (sound design).

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is being presented by Theatreworks NYC in arrangement with Rick Riordan and the Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency.

Tickets are $85-$65 and can be purchased by visiting and (866) 811-4111.


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