As the limited-engagement, Broadway production of the musical The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical wraps up its final weeks on the Great White Way, news has emerged that the production which started out Off-Broadway and then traveled the country, will continue its journey for additional tour dates. TheaterWorksUSA and Martian Entertainment announced today that, following the conclusion of its 16-week holiday engagement on Broadway, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical will return to the road for a national touring production in the 2020-2021 season.
“Since TheaterWorksUSA first began developing The Lightning Thief in 2013, this inventive musical has entertained countless audiences of all ages on and off-Broadway and across the country, and we are so pleased that Percy Jackson’s theatrical journey continues onward,” said Victoria Lang, Founder & Co-President of Content for Broadway & Beyond Theatricals, which is providing booking services for the upcoming tour.
Currently playing at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical features a book by Joe Tracz (Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Be More Chill) and music and lyrics by Rob Rokicki (Broadway debut). The production is directed by Stephen Brackett (A Strange Loop, Fall Springs, Be More Chill), with choreography by Patrick McCollum (The Band’s Visit). The current Broadway cast includes Chris McCarrell as Percy Jackson, with Izzy Figueroa, Jorrel Javier, Ryan Knowles, Sam Leicht, Sarah Beth Pfeifer, James Hayden Rodriguez, Jalynn Steele, T. Shyvonne Stewart, and Kristin Stokes. Casting for the touring production will be announced at a later date.
The creative team for The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical also includes scenic 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), andfight direction by Rod Kinter (Red Roses, Green Gold).
The original TheaterWorksUSA musical production of The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical debuted in spring 2017 at the Lucille Lortel Theater in New York City with a sold-out, six-week run which was nominated for three Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Musical.
“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: The Percy Jackson Musical is an action-packed theatrical adventure about accepting that normal is a myth and embracing the superpowers inside all of us.”
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 latest book, Sitcommentary: The Television Comedies That Changed America, released on October 15. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.
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