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The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical
Music, Lyrics, and Orchestrations by Rob Rokicki
Book by Joe Tracz
Directed by Stephen Brackett
Choreographed by Patrick McCullum

The tuneful, pop-rock score featuring such songs as "Put You in Your Place" and "Another Terrible Day." Although it delivers some positive messages — "Normal is a myth/Everyone has issues they're dealing with," Percy's mom sings — the show never stoops to the sort of preachifying so common in theater geared to kids.” –Hollywood Reporter

“Thief is everything a rock musical should be.” –Erik Meers, Uinterview

Still, the action rarely flags thanks to Stephen Brackett's sharp direction; Rob Rokicki's spirited songs; Joe Tracz's lucid book, which is easy to follow even if you don't know the novel.” –Raven Snook, TimeOut New York

“With a book by Joe Tracz and music and lyrics by Rob Rokicki, the zippy production addresses sexism, loneliness and parental neglect, but champions friendship and smart, independent choices — at lightning speed.” –Fern Siegel, Huffington Post

The music was also outstanding, and the songs were very catchy. One thing we found cool was that the music was by a live band instead of being a recorded soundtrack. Our favorite song from the show is “Bring on the Monsters,” because many of the characters sang the song together. When this song played, you could hear and see the characters’ strength and perseverance. We found ourselves singing along from our seats.” –Kid Review, Newsday

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So what could Joe Tracz (book writer) and Rob Rokicki (music and lyrics) do differently to make this version special? While some would say the limitations of theater can be a hindrance to the product, there’s other people that would say the limitations add to the thrills. And that’s never been more true than in this project.” –Nelsonn Diaz-Marcano

A spectacular final product that will be loved by fans for years to come.–Odyssey Online

Rob Rokicki and Joe Tracz went back to the original source material and have written a stunning musical that will instantly make you a Percy Jackson Fan 4 Lyfe. –YES Broadway

The music (also by Rob Rokicki), despite the range of subject matter (the hilarious “Another Terrible Day” or the heartfelt “Good Kid”), is foot-tapping, catchy pop. This also allows The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical to provide a few heartwarming lessons about being normal to children without being preachy about it.” –Pop Culturist

The brilliant composer, Rob Rokicki, has crafted at least one standout number for pretty much the entire cast.” –Hypable

[Rokicki] incorporates different musical styles, from the lilty “Campfire Song,” where the kids work out their parental frustrations in lines like “Oh things couldn’t be worse/when your parents run the universe,” to the R&B “D.O.A.” in the Underworld (more on that later). Pop-y beats and belty ballads successfully take Camp Half-Blood to the musical stage.” –Riveted


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Praise for Rob Rokicki: Back in London

"Rokicki’s songs offer a refreshing alternative to much of the balladry offered up in new writing. ***” –Jonathan Baz, Jonathan Baz Reviews

“Rob Rokicki delighted…making him one of the more exciting new writers in musical theatre. ****”–Jeremy Chapman, Musical Theatre Review



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Praise for Rob's debut album "I'm Ready: The Songs of Rob Rokicki"

"Rob's songs live at that perfect intersection of musical theater and radio rock -- these are characters that get you in the gut, and that you want to listen to over and over again." —Adam Gwon, Fred Ebb, Frederick Loewe Award Winner
& composer of “Ordinary Days”


"Robert Rokicki is an exciting, passionate, specific new voice in musical theater.  His is the theater of real human beings.  Regular, every-day people who are stuck and not sure how to get themselves out of the mess they've made.  I find his writing intelligent, inspired, and incredibly relatable.  The songs are catchy without being obvious and smart without a hint of pretension.  Sturdy, satisfying, thrilling stuff.  This is meat and potatoes rock and roll musical theater.  I am honored to be included on the album and look forward to screaming the songs at the top of my lungs while hanging with my friends in my parent's basement... wondering where the good times went and trying to figure out how we get them back." —Joe Iconis, Larson and Kleban Award Winner
& composer of “Things to Ruin”



Martha and Me
Music and Lyrics by Rob Rokicki
Book by Sunny Turner

"For the show, what's there are good songs (by Robert Rokicki, the foundation of a fine book, strong direction, eight excellent supporting actors…and one truly glimmering star performance. Rokicki's given everyone plenty to sing. His songs recall and eclectic mix of William Finn and Jerry Herman, intelligently composed, dramatic or funny as necessary, and strongly integrated in Turner's book…when he hits he scores a bills-eye: the exquisitely operatic first act finale, and the song he's written for the otherwise minor Missy, a hilarious paean to the man she can't stand but can't stand to be without, are both brilliant creations. (The latter is a modern riff on 'Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man,' but stands solidly on its own.) Allen drives the show with her commanding performance…her knockout voice is equally as suited to raising the rafters with a 'Rose's Turn'-style 11-o'clock number. It has all the potential makings of a very, very, good thing." -Matthew Murray, Talkin' Broadway

"Rokicki's songs are good and often hilarious…Jennifer Allen, with her rich, booming voice and superb comic timing, is wonderful as Betsey." -Ellen Carpenter, NY Magazine

"Show features a talented cast, witty songs…each song is tuneful and well sung. Allen provides a comic powerhouse finish in which she wails, 'Where Are You Now, Martha?'" John LaRue, NYTheatre.com

"It also doesn't hurt that Peter's solo, 'I Love A Boy' is one of the more simple and affecting numbers in Robert Rokicki's score, gorgeously sung by [Eric] Millegan." -Jonathan Warman, HX Magazine

"…in the Fringe musical 'Martha and Me'…[Millegan] sang Robert Rokicki's sweet song 'I Love A Boy.' -Playbill.com

Additional Press for Martha and Me:

"Martha The Musical Could Be The Perfect Humiliation" by James Doran, London Times

"Martha Stewart Won't Sing" by Eric Dash, NY Times