TheaterWorksUSA to Present THE LIGHTNING THIEF Theater for Young Audiences Edition at the Five Angels Theater

TheaterWorksUSA’s new 60-minute production of The Lightning Thief: Theater for Young Audiences Edition will perform in New York before going on a quest across the country. Two shows only on October 1, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Five Angels Theater (789 10th Ave, New York, NY 10019). The show presents a book of Joe Traczmusic and lyrics by Rob Rokickidirected and choreographed by Josiah Davis, and musical direction by Adam J. Rineer.

When teenage Percy Jackson discovers he’s a demigod, he and his friends embark on an epic journey to find Zeus’ missing lightning bolt and prevent a war between the gods. This dynamic musical is an adaptation of Rick Riordan’s bestseller, The Lightning Thief.

The cast includes Lance Raikes (Regional: Pippin, Sister Act) as Percy Jackson, Quead Norah (NYC: Sistas! The Musical) as Annabeth, Tyler Taner (NYC: The Stray) as Grover, Thomas James Knapp (Regional: We The People) as Mr. Brunner, Jason Rodriguez (Glow Lyric Theatre: Aida) as Luke, and Joelle Zazz (NY: A Tale of Two Cities: The Musical) as Sally.

This is a new 60-minute adaptation of Broadway’s The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical.

The creative team includes Scenic Design by Jean Kim, Costume Design by Meg Powers, Sound Design by Michel Costaglioladeputy director is Marguerite Lee, Performance Tracks by Right On Cue Services and stage manager is Tara Tolar-Payne. The Lightning Thief: TYA Edition is presented in accordance with Concord Theaters.

is a playwright and screenwriter whose work has been seen on Broadway in BE MORE CHILL and THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL. His television work includes LEMONY SNICKET’S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS (winner of the Peabody Award) and Netflix’s DASH & LILY (winner of the Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing). He is also a screenwriter for Disney’s upcoming PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS series.

(he/him) is an artist based in New York. He wrote the music, lyrics and co-orchestrated the Broadway show, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical (book by Joe Tracz); nominated for Lortel, Off-Broadway Alliance and three Drama Desk Awards. His graphic novel/musical,

Monstersongs, (NAMT), played internationally and in development as a VR game. Immersive sound, Experience Marianas (with Sarah Beth Pfeifer), was a semi-finalist for the O’Neill, developed at Cap21/Molloy & UK. He co-arranged and orchestrated Punk Rock Girl (book of Joe Iconis) & was a writer on Breathe (book by Timothy McDonald & novelist Jodi Picoult). Rob has been commissioned to write for the Kennedy Center, BACT and the movie The Real Gemma Jordan (screenplay by Anna K. Jacobs). He is a two-time Larson Prize finalist, a BMI Workshop alumnus, and a graduate of the University of Michigan. He believes in accessibility for creators and audiences. @rrokicks


(Director) is a multidisciplinary artist from Dallas. Director, choreographer, designer and actor. He is a UCLA School of Theatre, Film, and Television graduate, Brown/Trinity MFA Directing 2020, Theater Lumina Company Fellow, NYTW 2050 Fellow, National Black Theater Soul Directing Resident, Clubbed thumb Director and associate artistic director of the On The Verge theater festival in Santa Barbara. He also works in projection, video editing, sound and light design. Most recently, he was the video designer/editor of Lessons In Survival (Vineyard Theater) and CAPSULE by Whitney White and Peter Mark Kendall at Under The Radar (Public). He has under the direction of assistant William Friedkin, John Rando, Tyne Rafaeli, Olivier Butler and Rainn Wilson. He works in production at The Geffen Theaterthe waltz disney Concert Hall REDCAT Theatre, The Los Angeles Theater Center and Steppenwolf West. He has also appeared on “Transparent”, “Glee”, “Idiotsitter”, “Killer Kids” and Buzzfeed.


(Barbara PasternakArtistic Director; Michael Harrington, Executive Director) has led the Theater for Young and Family Audiences movement in New York and across North America for more than half a century. At TWUSA, we believe that access to art, and theater in particular, is vital for our young people. Since 1961, the nonprofit 501(c)3 has captured the imaginations of 100 million new and experienced audiences with an award-winning repertoire of more than 140 original plays and musicals. Acclaimed alumni include Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (Disney’s Frozen), Daphne Rubin-Vega (Lease), Jerry Zaks (The musician), Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Dear Evan Hansen), Miguel Cervantes (Hamilton), Kathleen Chalfant (Angels in America), and chuck cooper (Tony Award-winning actor, The Life). Visit WWW.TWUSA.ORG for more information.

Robert M. Larson