According to casting calls from Backstage.com, professional off-broadway company, TheaterWorks, is in the market for a musical based on The Lightning Thief, the first book in the Percy Jackson series.
It looks as if the musical will feature older actors in the main roles, like the film adaptation. Percy himself will be an actor 18 or older, but, according to their descriptions, still be portraying the 12 year old described in the books.
Descriptions for a few other characters are listed, which reveal a few interesting details. Here are Percy’s and Grover’s:
– Percy Jackson: “to play 12, must believably play teens, finds out he is a demi-god, our story’s hero, must have a strong presence, a sense of humor, and be extremely likable, has a short temper and is very impatient but is also fiercely loyal and brave, think Daniel Radcliff (sic), young Johnny Galecki, or Toby Maguire; strong pop-rock tenor.”
– Grover: “a happy-go-lucky satyr, like a hippie kid, Percy Jackson’s best friend and protector, must have a great voice and strong comedic chops, think Josh Gad, Jonah Hill, or a young Ashton Kutcher; folk/pop tenor.”
– Clarisse: “all physical types encouraged, the meanest toughest girl at camp, will also play Sally, Percy’s mother, Mrs. Dodds, The Oracle, Aunty Em; high rock belter, soprano with high belt.”
The other casting calls can be seen at this link.
The show is slated to be directed by Stephen Brackett and with a script by Joe Tracz. Music and lyrics are by Rob Rokicki.
Casting calls are now closed, but the show will run from March 17 through the 27 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, an Off-Broadway playhouse in New York City. It is then expected to go out on tour.