The glorious but all-too-brief run of The Lightning Thief concluded on Saturday.
The final week of The Lightning Thief has been a celebration of fans, with signed Rick Riordan books, cosplayers, and even Jedis involved. And it was clear to see just how much fans have embraced this show, as an orange-clad crowd filled the street after the last show, loudly chanting their love for the show.
We at Hypable attended the closing performance of the show, which was somehow even more incredible than ever. The entire cast has grown into their roles so well, it’s hard to imagine anyone else as Percy, Annabeth, and Grover. The closing show lent a certain poignancy to many lines in the show, most of all the final number, declaring again and again that “I’ll be back next summer!” I’m not crying, you’re crying!
After the show, there were no speeches, just a short impromptu dance party on the stage. When we spoke with the people involved in the show, no one could say anything definite about the show’s future. But there was a shared sense of hope that there will be another off-Broadway run sometime in the show’s future, because the show is just too good not to live on. As Percy says, “What belongs to the sea can always return.”
In the meantime, the cast is lining up other projects. Many of them are doing workshops and developing more new shows. But several can be seen on stage relatively soon. Kristin Stokes (Annabeth) will be in The Ballad of Little Jo at New Jersey’s Two River Theatre in June. Carrie Compere (Sally) will stick with the Greek mythology theme, starring in the NY City Center production of The Golden Apple next week. Jonathan Raviv (Chiron) will star in The Boy Who Danced on Air at the June Havoc Theatre, starting May 15.
Immediately after the show concluded, the musical’s beloved Twitter account signed off, after being a joyful source of sass the last two months.
— The Lightning Thief (@LTMusical) May 6, 2017
As the cleaning harpies cleared out the Lucille Lortel of all the godly props and costumes, the show’s composer Rob Rokicki (whom we interviewed last month) had this to say:
— Rob Rokicki (@rrokicks) May 6, 2017
Fans of the show still have the release of the cast recording to look forward to on June 30, while we all wait for a sign about the show’s future.