4/27/17 The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical Receives Three Drama Desk Nominations
The Off-Broadway show has been recognized in the category of Outstanding Musical alongside Anastasia, Come From Away, Hadestown, and The Band’s Visit. George Salazar has been nominated in the category of Best Supporting Actor in a Musical and Joe Tracz has been nominated in the category of Best Book of a Musical. Click here for the full nominations.
4/21/17 Broadway Records to Record The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical Cast Recording
The album will be produced by Mike Croiter and Rob Rokicki and is expected to be released June 30. You can pre-order the album here.
4/4/17 Lightning Thief:The Percy Jackson Musical Opening Night Photos and Reviews
Check out the stellar reviews of the Off-Broadway production here.
Rob on Opening Night
Rob and friend (and fellow UofM grad) Justin Paul
Stephen Brackett, Patrick McCullum, Rob Rokicki, Wiley Deweese
The Lightning Thief team
3/23/17 Take a Look at the Electric Pics from The Lightning Thief
Check out the full article here.
1/31/17 How This Duo is Adapting The Lightning Thief Into A New Musical
Playbill interviewed Rob and his Lightning Thief co-writer Joe Tracz. Click here for the interview.
1/19/17 Additional Casting Announced for The Lightning Thief Off-Broadway
George Salazar, Johnathan Raviv, Kristen Stokes, and Sarabeth Pfiefer will join Chris McCarrell in the upcoming Off-Broadway production. Click here for more information.
Spring 2017 The Lightning Thief Returns Off-Broadway
For Immediate Release:
will star in
THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL
Based on the best-selling Disney-Hyperion novel
“The Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan
Written by JOE TRACZ and ROB ROKICKI
Directed by STEPHEN BRACKETT
Choreographed by PATRICK McCOLLUM
Musical Direction by WILEY DEWEESE
Fight Direction by ROD KINTER
Orchestrations by WILEY DEWEESE & ROB ROKICKI
THE BRAND-NEW PRODUCTION BEGINS PERFORMANCES
MARCH 23, 2017
OPENING NIGHT IS SET FOR TUESDAY APRIL 4, 2017
AT OFF-BROADWAY’S LUCILLE LORTEL THEATRE
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January 17 – 24, 2017
New York: Chris McCarrell, will star in a brand-new production of The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical this March at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street). Written by Joe Tracz (Netflix “Series of Unfortunate Events”) and Rob Rokicki (Strange Tails), and directed by Stephen Brackett (Buyer and Cellar), the strictly limited engagement will begin performances on March 23, opening on Tuesday, April 4 and will run through May 6, 2017. This new production will feature musical direction by Wiley DeWeese (The Wildness), orchestrations by Wiley DeWeese & Rob Rokicki, choreography by Patrick McCollum (The Bands Visit) and fight direction by Rod Kinter (More Than All the World). The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson is being presented by Theatreworks NYC in arrangement with Rick Riordan and the Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency. Tickets are $85-$65 and can be purchased by visiting www.LightningThiefMusical.com and 866-811-4111.
The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical was introduced to NYC by Theatreworks USA in 2014 as part of its FREE theatre series, a one hour version with a smaller cast that has successfully toured the country. This is a brand-new production with a new score, an updated, expanded script including a second act, a larger cast and will feature a live band.
Percy Jackson has newly discovered powers he can’t control, monsters on his trail, and he is on a quest to find Zeus’s lightning bolt and prevent a war between the Greek gods. Normal is a myth when you’re a demigod. Based on the best- selling Disney-Hyperion novel by Rick Riordan, featuring live music, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is an action- packed theatrical adventure that will rock your world.
Chris McCarrell (Percy Jackson) was most recently seen as Marius in the Tony Nominated revival of Les Misérables. Television credits include Nibs in “Peter Pan Live” and The OA. Regionally, Chris starred in Summer of ’42 at Bucks County Playhouse as well as originating the role of Jimmy Livingston in Bubble Boy the musical. Other regional credits include Gabe in Next to Normal, Anthony in Sweeney Todd and Lewis in Pippin. He has sold out concerts at 54 Below with his solo debut and Christmas Carols with Chris McCarrell. Workshops include World Will Not Contain Us, Tesla Drops the Beat and Manhattan Kids. A 2013 graduate of Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music. “I’ve always had an Off-Broadway heart, so this is such a homecoming for me. And to start it off at the Lortel is an actual dream. Can’t wait to pour all I got into Percy Jackson. He’s going to be quick, bold, and sharp. Young messy demigod finding his way? I’m in. Excited to work with the team to make this innovative, magical and heartfelt show our own.” Chris McCarrell
“Our initial production of The Lightning Thief, was a huge critical and audience success, and continues to gather fans around the country. But, honestly condensing the novel into an hour was challenging; the dream was always to make this production bigger and better, to flesh out characters, deepen relationships and include more of the quest –and that’s just what we’ve done. We could not be more thrilled by this updated version, with some great new songs, a second act and a larger cast. And to top it all off, we could not be more excited to have Chris McCarrell as our Percy, he has that perfect combination of charm and talent to make this show exciting and entertaining for all ages.” Theatreworks NYC, Barbara Pasternack
Creative Team Includes: David Lander (Lighting Design), Lee Savage (Set Design), Sydney Maresca (Costume Design), and Ryan Rumery (Sound Design).
The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical
Written by Joe Tracz and Rob Rokicki, Directed by Stephen Brackett
Choreographed by Patrick McCollum, Musical Direction by Wiley DeWeese, Fight Direction by Rod Kinter
Orchestrations by Wiley Deweese & Rob Rokicki
Begins performances on March 23 – May 6, 2017. Opening night is Tuesday. April 4.
Monday – Tuesday at 7:30pm; Thursday 2pm & 7:30pm; Friday 7:30pm;
Saturday 2pm & 7:30pm and Sunday 3pm
Thursday 3/23 at 2pm, Saturday 3/25 at 2pm & Thursday 3/30 at 2pm; Monday 5/1 at 7:30pm
Lucille Lortel Theatre is located at 121 Christopher Street
Tickets are $85-$65 and can be purchased by visiting
www.LightningThiefMusical.com and 866-811-4111.
Twitter.com/LTMusical / @LTMusical
Press Performances are: Saturday, April 1 at 2 & 7:30pm; Sunday, April 2 at 3pm;
Monday April 3 at 7:30pm; Tuesday, April 4 at 7:30pm (Opening)
Mr. McCarrell, Mr. Tracz, Mr. Rockicki and Mr. Brackett are available for interviews. To arrange interviews or press seats please contact JT Public Relations / email@example.com / (646) 481-6583.
7/31 and 8/2 Still Ready: Rob Rokicki in Concert
Songs that hit you in the gut. In a good way.
“A soulful swirl of rock and comedy…urgent songs about neurotic girls, wild odes to ape-like creatures, and so much more.” —BROADWAY SPOTTED
ARE YOU READY? Rob still is.
The award-winning composer of the Off-Broadway hit The Lightning Thief brings his brand of smart musical theater rock to NYMF for two special concerts only! Featuring special guest artists and Broadway friends, this will be a night to celebrate new projects, songs from Rokicki's upcoming album, Monstersongs, as well as old favorites.
Tickets to on sale June 20th. Click here for more info.
5/29/16 Rob Rokicki Back in London
The award-winning composer of the Off-Broadway hit “The Lightning Thief” is bringing his brand of smart musical theatre rock back to London for a one-night only concert. The New York Times praised Rokicki’s work as “sassy” and “energetic” and Mark Shenton calls Rob "an engaging new New York singer songwriter who has been developing a number of fresh sounding musicals Off-Broadway." Join Rob and his friends for a night of rock and roll musical theatre.
The concert will feature Michael Auger (member of Collabro, winner of Britian's Got Talent), Amy Davis, Amanda Flynn (Wicked, Mamma Mia), fellow composer/lyricist Tony Greenlaw, Tyrone Huntley (Book of Mormon, Memphis), Charlotte Jaconelli (Runner up on Britian's Got Talent), Scott Jowett, Emily Lynne (Savage), Misha Mullov-abbado, Sinead Wall, and Helen Woolf (Wicked). For tickets, click here.
4/4/2016 Rob Rokicki: Back To The Beech
The award-winning composer of the Off-Broadway hit “The Lightning Thief” is bringing his brand of smart musical theatre rock back to The Beechman for a one-night only concert. The New York Times praised Rokicki’s work as “sassy” and “energetic” and fellow writer and frequent collaborator Joe Iconis calls his music “intelligent, inspired, and incredibly relatable.” The show will feature Broadway friends from shows such as Wicked, Kinky Boots, Dogfight, Memphis, and Jekyll and Hyde.The show features Joe Iconis, Lauren Marcus, Brian Gallagher, F. Michael Haynie, Tracee Beazer, Andy Kelso, Rebekah Allen, Sarath Beth Pfeifer, Amanda Flynn, Jason SweetTooth Williams, Eric Meyers, Seth Eliser, Katrina Rose Dideriksen, Sami Griffith, Mackenzie Jones, Emma Gannon-Salomon, Dennis Michael Keefe, and Micah Burgess. Click here for more info!
4/2/2015 The Lightning Thief Nominated for Best Musical
The Lightning Thief was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical! The show is in good company with the other nominees; Hamilton, Fortress of Solitude, Nevermore, and Pretty Filthy. Click here for a full list of nominees.
3/2015 London Concert and Masterclass
Rob made his London debut at Bridewell Hall in addition to teaching masterclasses across England! Theatre critic Mark Shenton picked Rob's concert as a theatre pick of the week! Click here to read.
1/16/2015 The Junior Theatre Festival
Rob will return to Atlanta to adjudicate and teach at the Junior Theatre Festival, the largest musical theatre festival in the country! Rob will also be a featured writer alongside Pasek and Paul and Tim McDonald for the songwriter's showcase, hosted by Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.
2015 The Lightening Thief National Tour Continues
The Lightening Thief tour hits the road again beginning January 17th. Be sure and see the show in a city near you. For complete schedule, click here.
12/19-20/2014 The Joe Iconis Christmas Spectacular
Rob will be performing with The Family at 54Below with special guests Suzanne Vega, Amy Spanger, Chip Zien, James Monroe Inglehart and more! For more information, click here.
10/31/2014 Rokicki/Iconis Double Feature
Monstersongs will play the Laurie Beechman Theatre alongside Joe Iconis and Family's Halloween Special.
8/28/2014 Relativity at 54Below, 9:30pm
Relativity A New Musical Book/ Additional Lyrics by Michael Ruby Music/Lyrics by Rob Rokicki
From the award-winning team of Rob Rokicki (The Lightning Thief) and Michael Ruby (Ethan Frome) and straight from development at the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse), comes an exciting, funny and poignant new pop/rock musical about siblings and perspective.
Relativity features F. Michael Haynie (Wicked, Holler If You Hear Me) and Sarah Beth Pfeifer (Legally Blonde, The Lightning Thief) as Derek and Reagan — twins who discover over the course of a decade that there are two things no one can ever escape: time and family.
Rob Rokicki and Michael Ruby’s musicals, songs and plays have been performed across the U.S., and in England and South America. The team’s other credits include Love, NY (American Harmony Prize, 2013 Capital Fringe, New World Stages concert) and Strange Tails (Ars Nova ANT Fest, TriArts Sharon Playhouse, multiple year/multiple award-winner at The West Village Musical Theatre Festival).
Directed by Paul Stancato (Basquiat, The House of Dancing Water). Rob Rokicki music directs and leads the band, including Micah Burgess, Seth Eliser and Dennis Michael Keefe.
For tickets and more information, click here.
7/15/2014 The Lightning Thief in Entertainment Weekly!
Rob and the rest of the creative team for The Lightning Thief musical were featured in an EW online article! Click here to read the full article!
6/26-28/2014 Relativity at the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival
Rob and Michael Ruby will be participating in The Pitch workshop series sponsored by the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival. They will be presenting scenes from their show Relativity. Click here for more information.
Summer 2014 Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief for Theatreworks USA
Rob is currently writing the music and lyrics for the musical adaptation of Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief with playwright Joe Tracz. The show will be presented Off-Broadway this summer at The Lucille Lortel Theatre before heading out on tour later in 2014. Click here for more information!
Rob performed with Joe Iconis and Family at 54 Below as part of the Joe Iconis Christmas Spectacular. Rob was even featured in this video on TheatreMania promoting the 6th Annual Spectacular.
10/20/2013 Monstersongs at Le Poisson Rouge
The Libra Theatre Company is presenting Rob's newest show, Monstersongs, at 10:00pm, Sunday, October 20th at Le Poisson Rouge. Monstersongs is an exciting new piece of theatre synthesizing a live rock concept-album and a graphic novel–all from the point of view of misunderstood monsters. Featuring a score from award-winning composer/lyricist Rob Rokicki and illustrations by Dave O'Neill of the popular Shankman & O'Neill children's book series, the show is a silly, scary, heartbreaking, and hilarious multimedia experience. You don't want to miss this amazing conert/live graphic novel! For more information, visit the le poisson rouge website!
10/12/2013 and 10/18/2013 Joe Iconis and Family at 54 Below
Come and see Rob play a slew of utility instruments for all-around swell guy, Joe Iconis. If you've never seen a Joe Iconis show, you're in for a real treat. Buy tickets here.
9/22/2013 Rob is part of Inspired at Stage 72 to benefit the ASPCA and Last Resort Shelter
Inspired, a benefit concert for the NYC ASPCA and The Last Resort Shelter in New Jersey, will take place at Stage 72 on Sunday, September 22 at 7:00. The evening will feature the talents of Brad Alexander, David Are, Carner & Gregor, Bobby Cronin, Drew Fornarola, Michael Holland, Rob Rokicki, Georgia Stitt, Katie Thompson and Michael Patrick Walker. Come hear Rob sing a tune from one of this favorite bands, The Weakerthans. Buy tickets here.
9/13/2013 Satchel Jones and The Flavor Makers at The Mercury Lounge
Rob is the keyboard player for the band Satchel Jones and The Flavor Makers. Come out and here the groove on Friday 9.13 at 7:30 at The Mercury Lounge. More details here.
9/2013 Rob Featured on Playbill.com
Rob's Cutting Room concert was featured on Playbill.com. Check out the Photo Call here and Screening Room Feature here. Thanks to Monica Simoes for taking some awesome pics and Shoshanna Feinstein for some great videos. Here are a few of the pics from Playbill.com.
Rob jamming on his guitar
Julia Murney singing "Hell Hath No Fury" from Monstersongs
Rob and Brian Gallagher singing "Waiting for Laura" from Love, NY
Megan Hilty singing "Right Through You" from Monstersongs
8/29/13 Rob Rokicki and Friends featuring Megan Hilty, Julia Murney, and Joe Iconis play The Cutting Room August 29th at 8:00.
Rob is a storyteller that wears many hats. An award-winning songwriter and performer, Rob writes musicals and songs described by Broadway Spotted as “a soulful swirl of rock and comedy…urgent songs about neurotic girls, wild odes to ape-like creatures, and so much more.” Fred Ebb winner Adam Gwon says, "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."
Rob is thrilled to bring incredible musicians and performers including special guests Megan Hilty (star of NBC’s Smash), Julia Murney (Drama Desk Nominee) and Joe Iconis (multiple award-winning composer) to celebrate a ton of new material, along with some favorites from his album, “I’m Ready” which was released in late 2012 on Great White Wax records. Other performers include: Brian Gallagher (Jekyll & Hyde), Emma Hunton (Spring Awakening), Katrina Rose Dideriksen (Rent), Nick Dalton (Legally Blonde), Amanda Flynn (Wicked), Lauren Marcus (The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks), Erica Swindell (Once), Molly Hager (Fat Camp), Zach Jones (One Man, Two Guvnors), Mike Rosengarten, Seth Eliser, Micah Burgess and more!
Tickets are $15 advanced sale and $20 at the door
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit this link.