Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Concord Theatricals Acquires Licensing Rights to ‘The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical’

Theater and Percy Jackson fans alike got exciting news today with the announcement that Concord Theatricals has acquired worldwide stage licensing rights to The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical making the production available to professional and amateur theaters worldwide.

The musical, created by Joe Tracz and Rob Rokicki, is based on Rick Riordan’s bestselling 2005 novel The Lightning Thief. If you’re somehow not familiar with Riordan’s work, The Lightning Thief was the first in a series of over 15 interrelated novels about the demigod children of the Greek and Roman gods. This first story introduces the audience to the world of demigods, as Percy, son of Poseidon, discovers who he is and what that means for the rest of his life.

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The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical takes the story and brings it to life on stage. Tracz’s book and Rokicki’s lyrics make this adaptation spectacular. While the show initially ran Off-Broadway, it also did a limited Broadway run in fall 2019 as well as a 32-city tour of the United States. The 2020 shut down of Broadway due to the pandemic put a damper on all future production plans for the show and many fans’ ability to enjoy the show for themselves. However, Concord Theatricals’ acquisition of the licensing rights means that more fans will have the chance to either see or put on the show themselves.

You can find more information on licensing here, and although you cannot see the musical for yourself yet, you can check out the soundtrack.

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LeeAnn
LeeAnn is children's librarian who joined Nerds and Beyond in 2020 as a way to stretch her writing skills and connect with others who have the same pop culture passions as she does. She loves music, reading (obviously), and any TV show that can grab and hold her attention. Currently some of her favorite things to nerd out over include Supernatural, Prodigal Son, Louden Swain and Percy Jackson (books, theater, or upcoming show - lets leave the movies out of it).

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