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He wrote the best-selling Percy Jackson series on which the film was loosely based. So when the musical — now in previews for an Oct. They read the books. They reread the books. When faced with a question of what would happen next, who would say what, how to make something happen onstage — they went back to the books.
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Daunting challenges to say the least. Too young to make the rules, Percy is yet also too old to avoid the rules being imposed on him. Adapted from the novel of the same name, which resets the story of Perseus to the modern day, The Lightning Thief : The Percy Jackson Musical gives Perseus, aka Percy Jackson, a 21 st century sardonic edge. I appreciate the value of recontextualizing a story, but to dumb down already dumbed down material seems excessive. The band is too loud and the singers even louder. In addition, the actors have been directed to behave almost manically, playing myriad characters, rushing their lines and throwing themselves around the stage to make sure we all Get the Message. Does the director not trust the material? Does he not trust the actors? Percy and his new friends Grover and Annabeth sing of finding purpose in their lives.
The entire company of the recently wrapped tour reprise their roles on Broadway for the week holiday engagement. Shyvonne Stewart, and Kristin Stokes. Chicago Tribune Chris Jones. The Daily Beast Tim Teeman. Deadline Greg Evans. The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck. Slant Magazine Aaron Riccio. Variety Frank Rizzo. Vulture Jackson McHenry.