A new version of The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is coming back to New York City. This new take on the Percy Jackson story, which began as a series of novels by Rick Riordan, features a two-hour long score, updated and expanded script, larger cast and live band. The show opens off Broadway at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on March 23.
The Lightning Thief tells the story of Percy Jackson, a 12-year-old boy struggling with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and dyslexia. Percy is pulled into an unknown world of Greek gods and magical powers after discovering he is the son of Poseidon, the sea god of ancient Greece. As he tries to find his dad, Percy faces challenging obstacles that reveal his true identity.
TFK spoke with actors Chris McCarrell, Sara Beth Pfeifer, and George Salazar about their roles in the musical.
TIME FOR KIDS:
How do you think this musical adds to the story of Percy Jackson?
I feel like this is the first time the fun and quirkiness of the books are truly presented in any medium.
Adding the element of music makes a huge difference.
How do you feel you relate to your character and what did you do to prepare for this role?
SARA BETH PFEIFER:
I definitely identify with her competitive side and spirit. When I tell you I want to play a board game or any kind of sport, I definitely want to be the best one playing.
I relate to Grover because he is full of empathy. He cares about his best friend and wants him to be safe.
What was the hardest part of bringing the script to life?
We are dealing with a really magical world in this show, and there are certain things we can’t do.
I play multiple characters, so I would say the hardest part for me was making it believable and showing the audience that “Oh, I’m this character and now I’m a different character.”
What do you do before the show starts?
I use reverse psychology—I try not to prepare.
I like to get to the theater really early and sit in it when it’s empty. It’s really peaceful and calming.
I always try to do a little bit of yoga to get myself centered before I go on stage.
Why should kids come to see the show?
It shows kids how to follow their own path in life.