This show was absolute trash from the acting to the design to the music.
The only show in history in which I left at intermission. I felt such guilt but man, I HAD to get out of there!
forgetmenotnyc said: "Just like our Facebook President, it's a sad state of affairs when a Shubert Bwy Theatre adds amateur crap to its real estate...it's no longer 'real'?"you think they should just leave the Longacre empty for the fall? Because that is what you are saying...For the record (a) I have no love lost for this show and (b) there has always been crap in Broadway theatres. If this is the worst show any of us has seen (which I doubt except as hyperbole), it means we have not been alive long enough to have seen worse.
Waiting with bated breath to see what the Times has to say about this one.
Greased Lightning, agreed. I saw it in Philly and although I am not the targeted demographic either, I can see why this would be entertaining for kids (and some now-teens and young adults) who loved those books. The audience when I saw it was enthusiastic and having a wonderful time. I was not expecting Broadway quality, but thought Chris McCarrell did a fine job. This is a touring show that is filling a Broadway house and meant to appeal to tourist families with kids. While it held my interest for the hour and a half or so - sounds like they may have padded the show for Bway? In any case, I typically do not pay Broadway prices for family oriented shows. If it's not your cup of tea, don't spend the money.
THR is out and it's a total pan, minus faint praise for the acting.
The interesting thing is that they mentioned that Rick Riordan had no intentions of seeing the musical live, when he's been endorsing the musical from the beginning. He has specifically called the musical a much better adaptation than the movies, so I wonder where they got that information.
@forgetmenot you seem to be forgetting that Broadway is a commercial enterprise, not some arts club.
MollyJeanneMusic said: "The interesting thing is that they mentioned that Rick Riordan had no intentions of seeing the musical live, when he's been endorsing the musical from the beginning. He has specifically called the musical amuch better adaptationthan the movies, so I wonder where they got that information."Riordan promotes/endorses the musical because it's more faithful to the books and there was an instant fan response to it. However, he's said in past interviews that while he will license the material, he doesn't want to see any of the adaptations because he wants to keep the universe he created consistent in his head. I guess not consuming the adaptations helps him to ensure he doesn't subconsciously change anything about the known characters?
New York Times, panned:“Alas, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is a pale patch on the earlier show and a failed attempt to board the teenage fantasy-angst train. (See also: Be More Chill and, more successfully, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.) Based on the popular 2005 novel by Rick Riordan, it is both overblown and underproduced, filled with sentiments it can’t support and effects it can’t pull off.”
SouthernCakes said: "Ouch. Ouch. I didn’t think the reviews would be this harsh."I was braced for it. Even as a huge fan of the show, this transfer seemed odd to me; it was announced last minute, no changes were made between the tour and the Broadway production, and the low-budget nature of it was always going to count against it in the hands of the critics. I will say my biggest issue with the reviews has to be Jesse Green somehow implying that a child from a home rife with domestic violence (which is how Percy is portrayed in the books and by strong implication in the show) is somehow "privileged." My quibble is more with the condescension than the criticism.
How's it compared to Margaritaville?
any more reviews? Does this finish it's limited run?
As much as I don't want this to happen, does anyone think it's likely that this will mean an early closure for the show?
Dancingthrulife2 said: "How's it compared to Margaritaville?"Lighting Thief makes Margaritaville look like Shakespeare.
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