Our house always has books strewn about, especially come summer, and a frequent author in the house is Rick Riordan. The other thing our house has lately is disgruntled teens. When I told my son we were going to see the new musical in town he said okay. When I told him it was the Lightening Thief, he was psyched. We were invited to see this new musical for review.
James Hayden Rodriguez and Chris McCarrell THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL Huntington Theatre Company Avenue of the Arts / Huntington Avenue Theatre July 17 – 28, 2019 Photo: Jeremy Daniel
Let’s start with the book. The series is a big hit among kids and I can see why now. There is one layer that is Greek mythology, another that is sass and humour, and a third layer that totally relates to kids’ every day lives.
The company of The Lightning Thief THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL Huntington Theatre Company Avenue of the Arts / Huntington Avenue Theatre July 17 – 28, 2019 Photo: Jeremy Daniel
While my son said the musical is a little lighter on the mythology details, it had everything else plus song and dance. The music is live and pretty rocking. The cast were strong singers with a few standout songs and characters. As for disgruntled teens, the story is about a group of unusual teens whose parents don’t make enough time for them. As a stay at home parent with kids who get plenty of my time, I have to say kids feel that way whether you have 2 quality hours a day with them or 8.
The cast was excellent and Chris McCarrell was a totally believable Percy Jackson. Each character was so well played that they stole individual moments. Ryan Knowles as Chiron and other was outstanding. His singing voice was exceptional and his characters always got the most laughs.
My son and I felt that for some songs the band was a bit too loud and overpowered the lyrics of the songs. I overheard some audience members with the same complaint. The lighting and staging were fab though. Sets and props were so creative and effective.
Whether you have a Rick Riordan fan or a disgruntled teen, The Lightening Thief is a worthwhile performance. While it is hotter than Hades out in Boston this weekend, you can keep cool and be entertained at The Huntington Theatre’s The Lightening Thief.
Performances run from now through July 28th.
Note that there are expanded access to 35 Below and student tickets at all performances The Lightning Thief. Advance student rush tickets are available now for all performances. Student rush tickets are $20 for full-time students aged 25 and under. Available in person and online.