A NEW NARRATIVE TWIST
Getting kicked out of 5 schools in 6 years totally sucks.
Unless, of course, you’re a ‘half blood’ like Percy Jackson, the valiant sword swinger who prevents a war in Joe Tracz and Rob Rokicki’s mmagnificent usical The Lightning Thief.
Otherwise it just proves to be destiny or something even more grand.
The production, which comes with flashes of hooky songs from varied genre flavours, is tween heaven. And when you let yourself go in this creatively electrifying show and the vocal power of it’s lovable cast that’s here to win your heart, you know you’ve got the best seat in town.
That’s because it’s got a dab of Rocky Horror Show fun, with a touch of Stranger Things youth appeal to make the scenes go the full distance.
Chris McCarrell in the title role has got some notable Emo elements to both his songs and character and the performer is cooler than cool as ‘half blood’ Percy Jackson, a good kid whose had a bad run. His summer camp quest to discover his godly father has you cheering for his orbit of friends from start to finish.
Jorrel Javier is ultra high voltage as Grover / Mr. D scoring some big laughter when Ryan Knowles’ thundering voice isn’t giving you a tickle.
All of this taking place within a scaffold set that relies an intrepid illumination strategy to tease the iris.
There’s no escaping the persisting themes of friendship, family and the search for that special place where we truly belong. The Lightening Thief is a shining example of putting a new narrative twist to conventional family issues.
THE LIGHTING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL by Joe Tracz and Rob Rokicki adapted from the book Rob Riordan THE ED MIRVISH THEATRE, 244 Victoria Street, Toronto DATES MARCH 19 -24, 2019 TICKETS $39.00 – $99.00 www.mirvish.com 416-872-1212 CAST Chris McCarrell, Izzy Figueroa, Jorrell Javier, Ryan Knowles, Sam Leicht, Sarah Better Pfeifer, James Hayden Rodriguez, Jalynn Steele, T. Shyvonne Stewart and Kristen Stokes DIRECTOR Stephen Brackett MUSIC DIRECTOR Wiley Deweese CHOREOGRAPHY Patrick McCollum SET Lee Savage COSTUMES Sydney Maresca LIGHTING David Lander SOUND Ryan Rumery