The Lightning Thief: The Musical thunders into Detroit

By Arzoo Chhaya, Page Editor

‘The Lightning Thief,” a musical adaptation of Rick Riordan’s book series “Percy Jackson and the Olympians,” has begun touring through major cities in America. The musical is set in the era of the first book, “Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief.” With its energetic cast, well-produced music and clever humor, it is not a stretch to say that the play will be widely loved by its audiences. The tour is staying in Detroit’s Fisher Theater till March 9.

The play revolves around a 12-year-old Percy Jackson (Chris McCarrell), who finds out he is a demigod half mortal, half god after running into a monster at the beach. The story explores his search for his father, who he discovers is Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea. The musical often references Greek mythology, but in a comprehensive way so it is easy to understand and remember as the story continues. Jackson is sent to ‘Half-Blood Camp’ to be in company of other demigods like himself. He quickly befriends Annabeth Chase (Kristin Stokes) and they embark on a quest along with their satyr half human, half goat best friend, Grover Underwood (Jorrel Javier).

The production overall is outstanding there isn’t a boring moment with the music being catchy, fitting each scene perfectly. The work put into the musical is apparent. Both cast and crew are obviously talented, and the show as a whole deserves recognition. The sets are exactly how a reader of the book would imagine them which is a success to celebrate, especially because the movie adaptation was very different from the books, and frankly, inaccurate. Unlike the movie, however, the musical is entertaining from start to finish and does a fantastic job of keeping the story condense and precise. With an intended demographic of young teenagers, it does exceedingly well when it comes to making the show entertaining, even for those outside of that age group.