I love to root for the little guy, in this case a small show that has been enough of a hit for producers to contemplate the leap to Broadway. That leap is fraught with danger, however. Most shows don’t survive. The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical, a show thin on substance and thick with trendy teen angst, was not the best candidate for said transformation. In its musical incarnation, the ‘updated’ (read: simplified) story of Perseus has been further dumbed down and Made Very Loud in order to hammer the Big Message home. “Hammer” being the operative word. Read the full review HERE.
Runs October 16th through January 5, 2019 at the Longacre Theatre(220 W. 48th Street). For tickets click here or go to the Longacre Theatre Box Office. Run time: 2 hrs and 30 minutes, with one 15-minute intermission.
Sarah Downs is a writer and performer who escaped the suburbs of Boston to pursue a career in the arts. In her theatrical incarnation she has worked both in New York and regional theater, and performed with local opera companies. She has sung arias to the stars, musical theater in barns and torch songs in cabaret. Sarah also toured the U.S. as Marian in The Music Man, and toured the U.S. and Canada as Marie Osmond’s understudy in the national tour of The Sound of Music. In recent years Sarah has focused more on writing, including articles on feminism and politics. She is President of the Professional Women Singers Association and on the board of the Women In the Arts and Media Coalition. Sarah holds an B.A. from Harvard University.