THE LIGHTNING THIEF : THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL
music and lyrics by ROB ROKICKI
book by JOE TRACZ
adapted from the book "THE LIGHTNING THIEF" by RICK RIORDAN
THE LIGHTNING THIEF is presented through a special arrangement with Concord Theatricals. All authorized performance materials are supplied by www.concordtheatricals.com
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October 14 to November 5, 2022
Tuesdays - Saturdays at 7pm
Saturdays & Sundays at 2pm
running time 120 mins,
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).
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.
“The Lightning Thief is a blast — and that's no myth.”
– The Boston Globe.
RATING: PG | 6+
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Production Inclusion Statics
42.42% MARGINALIZED REPRESENTATION
38.46% ON STAGE
38.46% ON STAGE
23.08% ON STAGE
23.08% ON STAGE
ABOUT THE CREATORS
ROB ROKICKI - music & lyrics
Rob Rokicki is a New York based writer and composer/lyricist whose songs “live at that perfect intersection of musical theatre and radio rock” (Adam Gwon). Rob wrote the music, lyrics and co-orchestrated the Broadway show The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical (book by Joe Tracz). The show was nominated for Lortel, Off-Broadway Alliance, and three Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Musical, before touring across North America. The original cast recording had the highest pre-sale in Broadway Records history and the show is licensed globally.
JOE TRACZ - libretto
Joe Tracz is an American playwright and screenwriter.
Tracz is the author of Lucille and Outer Critics Circle nominee Be More Chill, which opened on Broadway in 2019. His show The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical, produced by Theatreworks USA, also received nominations for Lortel and Drama Desk Awards. His book for Poster Boy, about the 2010 suicide of college student Tyler Clementi, was produced at Williamstown Theatre Festival. His work has been developed at the Public Theatre, Ars Nova, Roundabout Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Cub, and Second Stage Theatre. He has also written for Netflix's Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Tracz received a BA from Kalamazoo College and an MFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
RICK RIORDAN - original book writer
Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over twenty novels for young readers, including the Percy Jackson series, the Kane Chronicles, the Magnus Chase series and the Trials of Apollo. He is also the author of the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.
For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. While teaching in San Antonio, Saint Mary’s Hall honored him with the school’s first Master Teacher Award.
While teaching full time, Riordan began writing mystery novels for grownups. His Tres Navarre series went on to win the top three national awards in the mystery genre – the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. Riordan turned to children’s fiction when he started The Lightning Thief as a bedtime story for his oldest son.
Today, over one hundred million copies of his books are in print in the United States alone, and rights have been sold into more than 37 countries.
Rick Riordan now writes full-time. He lives in Boston with his wife and two sons.
Prologue/The Day I Got Expelled - Percy, Company
Strong - Sally, Percy
The Minotaur/The Weirdest Dream - Percy, Ensemble
Another Terrible Day - Mr. D
Their Sign - Chiron, Percy, Luke, Grover
Put You in Your Place - Clarisse, Annabeth, Ensemble
Campfire Song - Campers, Chiron
The Oracle - The Oracle, Ensemble
Good Kid - Percy, Ensemble
Killer Quest - Percy, Annabeth, Grover, Company
Lost! - Percy, Annabeth, Grover
My Grand Plan - Annabeth
Drive - Percy, Annabeth, Grover, Ares
The Weirdest Dream (Reprise) - Percy, Ensemble
The Tree on the Hill - Grover, Ensemble
DOA - Charon, Ensemble
Son of Poseidon - Percy, Annabeth, Grover, Ares, Ensemble
The Last Day of Summer - Percy, Luke, Ensemble
Bring on the Monsters - Company
FROM THE DIRECTOR
Welcome to camp, fellow Halfbloods! And to the uninitiated, I hope this musical will make a Percy Jackson fan out of you yet. It did for me. I was Potter head, having just finished reading all the Harry Potter books with my 9 year old daughter. When I was asked this summer to direct The Lightning Thief I was excited because I love working on classical texts like the Greeks, and rock musicals. And this piece is perfect blend of the two. So after reading the script and listening to the music, I quickly devoured the Lightning Thief book, along with my daughter. How did I miss these books? And how did I not know this musical, which is the most faithful adaptation of the book I’ve found (don’t waste your time with the movies or graphic novel but there is a series coming up so…).
When thinking of a leaping point for staging this magical show, what kept coming to me was Plato’s allegory of “the cave wall” and how we humans don’t actually get to see the world as it is. All we ever see are shadows on the cave wall being cast by the light of a fire. So while our show is told partly in shadows around the campfire, I hope that you can take these images in, and imagine your own monsters and gods, as one does when reading the book.
The Lightning Thief is a coming-of-age story for our heroic trio. A trio who’s parents are absent, but who none the less keep trying against adversity, and even honour their parents, while finding their own inner strengths, and begin the heroes’ journey of becoming their own person. It said that estrangement from parents and/or loved ones is fertile ground for wickedness. That children without some kind of parental love are ripe for recruitment for hate. I hope our trio and their chosen family, show you a shining example of how sometimes, even in the darkest corner of the cave, we can find the light and love to triumph over all the monsters.
Enjoy the show,
Michael Scholar, Jr.