August 18th was the birthday of fiction favorite Percy Jackson and to celebrate (a day later) producers have announced the cast for the Broadway bound production of The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical. The musical, which will play a 16-week holiday engagement at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre, will begin performances Friday, September 20 ahead of a Wednesday, October 16 opening.
The cast will be composed of members of the recent 2019 tour of the musical, with all members returning for the Broadway production. The Lightning Thief will star Chris McCarrell (Les Miserables) as Percy Jackson, with Izzy Figueroa, Jorrel Javier, Ryan Knowles, Sam Leicht, Sarah Beth Pfeifer, James Hayden Rodriguez, Jalynn Steele, T. ShyvonneStewart, and Kristin Stokes.
The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is based on the first book in the popular series by Rick Riordan, two of which have been turned into major motion pictures. With a book by Joe Tracz (Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Be More Chill), music and lyrics by Rob Rokicki (Broadway debut), direction by Stephen Brackett (A Strange Loop, Fall Springs, Be More Chill), and choreography by Patrick McCollum (The Band’s Visit), the musical is poised to be an exciting family entertainment for the holidays.
The design team for the show includes set design by Lee Savage (Satchmo at the Waldorf), costume design by Sydney Maresca (Hand to God), lighting design by David Lander (Torch Song), sound design by Ryan Rumery (Be More Chill, Fool for Love), puppet design by AchesonWalsh (On the Town), and fight direction by Rod Kinter (Red Roses, Green Gold).
“As a son of Poseidon, Percy Jackson has newly discovered powers he can’t control, monsters on his trail, and is on a quest to find Zeus’ lightning bolt to prevent a war between the Greek gods. Based on the bestselling novel by Rick Riordan and featuring a thrilling original rock score, with an onstage company of seven playing more than 47 characters, The Lightning Thief is an action-packed theatrical adventure about accepting that normal is a myth and embracing the superpowers inside all of us.”
The Lightning Thief is produced by TheaterWorksUSA, Martian Entertainment, Victoria Lang, Lisa Chanel, Jennifer Doyle, Roy Lennox, Mary Maggio, Van Dean, and Meredith Lucio.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. His forthcoming book, Sitcommentary: The Television Comedies That Changed America, will hit the shelves in October, 2019. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.