Les Misérables Vet Chris McCarrell to Star in The Lightning Thief Musical
Chris McCarrell, most recently seen as Marius in Broadway's Les Misérables, will lead the cast of The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical this spring at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. Performances will begin March 23 in advance of an April 4 opening. The strictly limited engagement will run through May 6.
Written by Joe Tracz (Netflix's Series of Unfortunate Events) and Rob Rokicki (Strange Tails), and directed by Stephen Brackett (Buyer & Cellar), The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is being presented by Theatreworks NYC in arrangement with Rick Riordan and the Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency. The show was introduced to New York City by Theatreworks USA in 2014 as part of its free theater series, and has toured the country as a one-hour version with a smaller cast. This brand-new production will feature a new score, an updated, expanded script including a second act, a larger cast, and a live band.
Based on Rick Riordan's best-selling Disney-Hyperion novel The Lightning Thief, the musical is described as follows: "Percy Jackson has newly discovered powers he can’t control, monsters on his trail, and he is on a quest to find Zeus’s lightning bolt and prevent a war between the Greek gods. Normal is a myth when you’re a demigod…The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is an action- packed theatrical adventure that will rock your world."
Wiley DeWeese will serve as musical director, with orchestrations by Wiley DeWeese and Rob Rokicki, choreography by Patrick McCollum, and fight direction by Rod Kinter. The creative team also includes David Lander (lighting design), Lee Savage (set design), Sydney Maresca (costume design), and Ryan Rumery (sound design).