Monday, July 28, 2014

Percy Jackson: The Musical?

Monday, July 28, 2014
This weekend was awesome because I finally got a couple of days off to go into the city with my brother. Back when he was starting college and I was finishing up elementary school, I read the first few Percy Jackson books and passed them along to him. They filled the gap between Harry Potter books, but they were also really fun and something we could both share, regardless of our age gap.

Fast forward to 2010, when the Percy Jackson movie came out. Of course, we saw it together, and I'm not really going to rehash how I felt about it because I've said often enough what a putrid, terrible, racist, sexist, idiotic, piece of trash that movie is. 

Needless to say, we did not see the sequel.

But then! My brother's girlfriend's voice teacher told my brother's girl friend that his husband (hope you're keeping up) had written the music for a Percy Jackson musical. It was going to be a kid's show, it was at a theater in Manhattan, and the tickets were free! 

Obviously, we were in, and we got to the theater an hour before the box office opened (the theater gives preference to groups, so we went on a Sunday when there would be fewer groups, but that didn't stop the line from stretching down the street). 

Going in, we weren't really sure what to expect ('cause, I mean, The Lightning Thief: The Musical has plenty of potential to be reallllly bad), but the end result?

PURE, UNADULTERATED AWESOMENESS.

Seriously, this show was smart, funny, energetic- ugh, it was just great. All of the actors were incredible, and even though there was just a five person cast, the show hit every important character and every important scene from the book. All in just an hour, which is doubly remarkable when you consider that a) it didn't feel rushed or cramped with too much stuff at all and b) the movie completely and utterly failed to do this in double that time. 

Oh it was just so good!

If you're in/around New York, definitely go see it! It's going to be at the Lucille Lortel Theatre until August 22nd, and here's a handy dandy link to the rest of the info.

Meanwhile, I'm praying that there will be a CD or something, because I have all of the music stuck in my head. "So if you think you are a half-blood..."

Would you want to see The Lightning Thief the musical?

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