Rick Riordan’s fantasy/adventure mixed with Greek mythology kids title, The Lightning Thief is heading to New York, in an off-Broadway musical adaptation titled The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical.
Playbill reports that it is a new version of “the show, which has been touring the country, [and] now features an updated score, expanded script, a larger cast, and a live band.”
Chris McCarrell will star. He debuted in Les Miserables and has acted in Pippin, Sweeney Todd, Next to Normal, and Summer of ’42 says the site. He is also in Netflix’s The OA.
The adaptation is written by Joe Tracz (Netflix’s Series of Unfortunate Events) and Rob Rokicki (Strange Tails).
McCarrell told The Washington Post that the production is:
“… really going to push the envelope of (the) magic of theater. The world is so epic and it is so grand and it doesn’t seem like you could portray that onstage, but that’s really where the magic of theater comes in … This story has so much gunpowder in it. If we hit it right, I think it could make some explosions happen.”
Below McCarrell sings one of the songs from the show:
Riordan’s series has already been adapted into two successful films, although the author has publicly stated he is not a fan of either of them. He seems fully behind the musical, however, posting about it on his website.