The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical

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The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical

Lightning Thief photo credit: Jeremy Daniel

Well, what can I say? I really don’t like being a sour puss, but I just didn’t get it. This is definitely a show for young adults who grew up with the well known book (in their circles),  “The Lightning Thief,” by Rick Riordan.

Interesting that this musical plays at a theatre across the street from the intricate and beautiful Hadestown, since Lighting Thief takes you on a journey to Hades too, and is bathed in Greek mythology as well.

Think of this show as an amalgam between Be More Chill, Dear Evan Hansen and Hadestown, only not as interesting or engaging as any of those three.

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical

Rose Tattoo photo credit: Joan Marcus

The problem is I just couldn’t get into the plot, the characters or the show in general. It’s an over the top story that gets super complicated, which simply started to make me loose interest in staying involved.

What I also found annoying is that some of the actors just shout their lines and songs. Except for a couple of numbers that stood out, most of the score is bland and not terribly clever.

The plot is convoluted, the direction messy, but the show got a standing ovation at the end.

Go figure.

Given the ovation, clearly this show resonates for some. The Lightning Thief, in limited run through…just left me bewildered. Through January 5.

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  • Valerie Smaldone

    Five-time Billboard Award-winning media personality Valerie Smaldone is a theatre, food, lifestyle and entertainment enthusiast. She is a celebrity interviewer, accomplished voice-over artist and actress. Recent appearances on episodic tv include Law and Order, Criminal Intent, The Other Two (on HBO Max), Tommy, Manifest and Blue Bloods. She is an audiobook narrator and producer. A live event emcee, moderator, and "Voice of God" at events and award ceremonies, Valerie has just directed and produced her first film featuring Gloria Gaynor and is producing a docu-series starring Erik Estrada. Visit her website at

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