The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical

I’ve read the books, I’ve watched the movies, and now I’ve seen the play. That’s right folks, our favorite kid/teen series (besides Harry Potter) has been turned into an off-Broadway musical, and it’s…Pretty bad. BUT I say that with love, and as someone who tremendously enjoys watching bad things!

The musical keeps the same basic structure of the original story in the beginning: Young Percy finds out he’s the son of Poseidon while on a class field trip, then he journeys to Camp Half-Blood to learn that there are many others like him and to receive his first official quest. From there, most plot details are fudged and sugar-coated into amusing musical numbers without much substance. You have about five actors playing every single character — gods, monsters, and half-bloods alike — mixed with poor acoustics and not-so-special effects, but the youthful exuberance of the original story is mostly still there. The young ladies who play Annabeth and Percy’s mom (among other characters) both have fantastic solo numbers, probably because of their fantastic singing voices.

Honestly, I think the musical does a much better job at being a Percy-Jackson-series-inspired thing than the movies. Turning each individual book into a movie requires a great deal of detail, and each individual story is important enough on its own that they shouldn’t really be combined, which I believe the movies do. I don’t know many other people who would fork out the cash to see this silly little musical, but I know they’d leave with smiles on their faces if they did!

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