June 8, 2019 0 Comments Reviews

“Percy Jackson” thrills teen cult following in Atlanta

With more than 100 million copies of the book series sold worldwide, this global phenomenon has found a new home on the live stage in a “mesmerizing” theatrical event that proves “lightning can strike twice!” (TheaterMania). Following a sold-out run in New York City, where it garnered 3 Drama Desk Award nominations, including Best Musical, this “winning adaptation” (The Hollywood Reporter) is coming to rock Atlanta.

The touring cast of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Theif are playing in Atlanta from June 7-9, 2019.  This show has a major teen fan cult following and the cast did not disappoint.  Imagine a venue full of tweens and teens with a designated parent living their best rock in roll lives and you’ve got this show.

Jump Start

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The show starts with this incredible jump scare that silences the audience.  The journey then begins.  We were taken on a ride of the half-blood life in present-day New York City.  This show reminds me a bit of “Aida” with a bit of “Rent” intertwined.  Percy is an awkward teenage boy, constantly being expelled from school to school, declaring that it’s not “his fault” each time.  He proclaims his innocence as just being himself in a world that rejects him.  This show called parallels from Middle and High Schoolers going through their awkward phase right on stage.

The story

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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 best-selling novel by Rick Riordan and featuring a thrilling original rock score, THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL is an action-packed theatrical adventure that has been celebrated by audiences and critics alike.

Greek mythology is like Shakespeare.  It’s a necessary evil when in high school.  It’s something you either love or hate.  This show makes you LOVE Greek mythology.  Percy Jackson takes you through the family tree and unknown bloodline of the three most powerful Greek Gods and the children they are not supposed to have.  This show combined Greek mythology with pieces from the Percy Jackson movie.  The high energy from this show kept the audience on their seats for the entire time.

The Set

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The creative direction behind this show is absolutely genius.  The use of props was endless.  The wheelchair transformations were probably the most creative.  It’s constant use throughout the show as various automobiles were really impressive.  This is a set I could call multi-use.  The cast was creating imaginative ways to convey their stories using items always on the stage.  Buses and trains interacted as one.  The use of lighting and live music gave us a thrill ride we didn’t know was coming.

The cast

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The cast of this show is INCREDIBLE!  The belting coming from the faces of every single cast member was standing ovation worthy!  Every cast member outside of Percy plays multiple roles.  The numerous quick changes each ensemble member takes is crazy!  We literally lost count of the number of times each person was someone else.  The talent of these actors is undeniable and it is a job well done.

THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL has a Drama Desk nominated book by Joe Tracz, music and lyrics by Rob Rokicki, and is directed by Stephen Brackett, with choreography by Patrick McCollum, with set design by Lee Savage, costume design by Sydney Maresca, lighting design by David Lander, Obie award winning sound design by Ryan Rumery, fight direction by Rod Kinter and orchestrations by Wiley DeWeese and Rob Rokicki. The production is being presented by special arrangement with Rick Riordan and the Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency.

THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL is produced by TheaterWorksUSA, Martian Entertainment, Greg Schaffert, Lang Entertainment Group, Lisa Chanel, Jennifer Doyle and Roy Lennox, Glass Half Full Productions, Hummel/Greene, Mary Maggio, Tim Schwider, and Van Dean/Meredith Lucio in partnership with The Road Company.

Grab your tickets!

Tickets for THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL range from $45 to $75 plus applicable fees and will perform four shows at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre from Friday, June 7 through Sunday, June 9. Tickets are available at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre box office, Ticketmaster.com or via calling 800-745-3000. Group discounts for 10 or more are available by calling 404-881-2011.

More information about THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL is available at lightningthiefmusical.com.

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