The Lightning Thief

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The Lightning Thief

Full-Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy  /  7 any gender

Book by Joe Tracz / Music & Lyrics by Rob Rokicki / Adapted from the book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

This dynamic musical adaptation of Rick Riordan's bestselling book opened on Broadway in 2019. When teenager Percy Jackson discovers he's a demigod, he and his friends embark on an epic journey to find Zeus' missing lightning bolt and prevent a war among the gods.

Image: 2019 Broadway Production (Jeremy Daniel)

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    7 any gender
  • Duration
    Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Fantasy, Adaptations (Literature), Fables/Folktales
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences
Accolades
Accolades
  • Nominee: Three 2017 Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Musical
Licence details
  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.
The Lightning Thief

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Summary
As the half-blood son of a Greek god, Percy Jackson has newly-discovered powers he can't control, a destiny he doesn't want, and a mythology textbook's worth of monsters on his trail. When Zeus's master lightning bolt is stolen and Percy becomes the prime suspect, he has to find and return the bolt to prove his innocence and prevent a war between the gods. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the thief. He must travel to the Underworld and back; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and come to terms with the father who abandoned him. Adapted from the best-selling book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan and featuring a thrilling original rock score, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is an action-packed mythical adventure "worthy of the gods" (Time Out New York).

History
In 2014, The Lightning Thief debuted as a one-hour musical at the Lucille Lortel Theatre off-Broadway. After a national tour, an expanded version of the show returned to the Lucille Lortel Theatre in 2017. The show toured again, and on October 16, 2019, The Lightning Thief opened on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre, featuring Chris McCarrell as Percy Jackson.
Cast Attributes
  • Expandable casting
  • Roles for Teens
  • Flexible casting
Performing Groups
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

PERCY JACKSON – Son of Poseidon, a good kid with a teenage temper

ANNABETH – Daughter of Athena, smarter than you

GROVER – A happy-go-lucky satyr, like a hippie kid with hooves. Also plays:
MR. D, aka DIONYSUS – God of wine, snarky camp director

LUKE – Son of Hermes, cool camp counselor. Also plays:
GABE UGLIANO – Percy’s foul stepfather
ARES – God of war, rock star in leather pants
MINOTAUR – Half-man, half-bull
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

SALLY JACKSON – Percy’s hard-working mother. Also plays:
SILENA BEAUREGARD – Daughter of Aphrodite
THE ORACLE – a hippie mummy
ECHIDNA – Mother of monsters
CHARON – Ferryperson to the Underworld

MR. BRUNNER, aka CHIRON – Wise centaur, part-time Latin teacher. Also plays:
POSEIDON – God of the sea, salty beach bum
HADES – God of the dead, aging rock star type
AUNTY EM, aka MEDUSA – Avid sculptor
KRONOS – A voice in a pit
KURT COBAIN
CYCLOPS

CLARISSE – Tough jock girl, daughter of Ares. Also plays:
MRS. DODDS – A Fury posing as a substitute algebra teacher
KATIE GARDNER – Daughter of Demeter
THALIA – Daughter of Zeus, tough
BIANCA – A mysterious girl in 1930’s clothes
NEWSCASTER
JANIS JOPLIN
SQUIRREL

AUTHORS’ NOTE: Our original production featured seven actors playing an entire Greek pantheon of characters; the above doubling was based on stage time and vocal requirements. For productions where cast size isn’t a concern, we encourage you to cast as many actors as you wish, and experiment with doubling based on your own needs.

We also encourage you to look beyond traditional casting “types” when it comes the characters’ race, gender and physical ability. Above all, the characters in The Lightning Thief are gods and heroes – and gods and heroes can look like any of us.

  • Time Period Contemporary, Present Day
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes
  • Duration 120 minutes (2 hours)

Media

“A thoroughly endearing family-friendly musical.” – Charles Isherwood, Broadway News


The Lightning Thief is a blast — and that's no myth.” – Boston Globe

“Completely innovative and inspiring!” – Front Row Center

“Percy is a rock star!” – New York Daily News

“Worthy of the gods!” – TimeOut New York

“One foot in Harry Potter and another in Dear Evan Hansen.” – Chicago Tribune

“Electrifying.” – Newsday

Videos

  • The Lightning Thief - Broadway Highlights

  • The Lightning Thief - Broadway Commercial

  • "Good Kid" sung by Chris McCarrell

  • "My Grand Plan" sung by Kristin Stokes

Photos

  • The Lightning Thief

    Image: 2019 Broadway Production (Jeremy Daniel)

  • The Lightning Thief

    Image: 2019 Broadway Production (Jeremy Daniel)

  • The Lightning Thief

    Image: 2019 Broadway Production (Jeremy Daniel)

  • The Lightning Thief

    Image: © Justin “Squigs” Robertson

Music

Music Samples

Act I

1. “Prologue/The Day I Got Expelled” – Percy Jackson and Company
2. “Strong” – Sally and Percy Jackson
3. “The Minotaur/The Weirdest Dream” – Percy Jackson and Company
4. “Another Terrible Day” – Mr. D
4a. She Fought Bravely – Band
5. “Their Sign” – Chiron, Percy Jackson and Luke
6. “Put You in Your Place” – Clarisse, Annabeth and Company
6a. Clarisse Makes a Splash – Ensemble
7. “The Campfire Song” – Campers and Chiron
7a. The Trident Appears / Thunder – Band
8. “The Oracle” – The Oracle and Company
9. “Good Kid” – Percy Jackson and Company
10. “Killer Quest!” – Percy Jackson, Annabeth, Grover and Company

Act II

11. Prologue, Act II / I Ruin a Perfectly Good Bus – Band
12. “Lost!” – Percy Jackson, Annabeth and Grover
13. A Visit With Auntie Em – Band
14. “My Grand Plan” – Annabeth
15. “Drive” – Percy Jackson, Annabeth, Grover, Ares and Company
16. “The Weirdest Dream (Reprise)” – Percy Jackson
17. “The Tree on the Hill” – Grover and Company
17a. Hellevator – Band
18. “D.O.A” – Chiron and Company
19. It's the Pits – Band
19a. Hello Hades – Band
19b. Sally appears – Band
20. “Son of Poseidon” – Percy Jackson, Annabeth, Grover, Ares and Company
20a. Poseidon Finally Shows Up – Band
20b. Reunited – Band
21. “The Last Day of Summer” – Percy Jackson, Luke and Company
22. “Bring on the Monsters” – Company
23. Bows / Exit Music – Band

Keyboard-Conductor
Guitar 1
Guitar 2
Drums
Bass

  • Musical StylePop/Rock, Contemporary Broadway

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Authors

Joe Tracz

Joe Tracz is a writer whose work has been seen on Broadway in Be More Chill (with Joe Iconis) and The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical (with Rob Rokicki; Drama Desk nominee for Outstanding Book). Other credits include the musical Poster Boy (with Craig Carnelia, Wil ...

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Rob Rokicki

Rob Rokicki is a composer and lyricist whose work has been recognized worldwide and nominated for Drama Desk, Lortel, and Off-Broadway Alliance awards.

Recently signed with Kobalt music, Rokicki is best known for his music and lyrics in the critically acclaimed Broadway musica ...

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