Interview with “THE LIGHTNING THIEF’S” CHRIS MCCARRELL
Broadway’s CHRIS MCCARRELL discusses reprising his critically acclaimed role of Percy Jackson for the new national tour of “The Lightning Thief” which premieres at Broadway In Chicago’s Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph) from January 8-13, 2019. Tickets range in price from $25-$80 with a select number of premium tickets available. For more information, visit www.BroadwayInChicago.com.
CHRIS McCARRELL (Percy Jackson) originated the role of Percy Jackson in the Off-Broadway production of The Lightning Thief in 2017. He was also seen as Marius in the Tony Nominated revival of Les Misérables. Television credits include Nibs in “Peter Pan Live” and “The OA”. Most recently Chris originated the role of Gilbert Blythe in Anne of Green Gables: A New Folk Rock Musical at the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival. Other regional credits include Jimmy Livingston in Bubble Boy the musical, Hermie in Summer of ‘42, Gabe in Next to Normal, Anthony in Sweeney Todd, and Lewis in Pippin. He has sold out concerts at 54 Below ranging from Christmas Carols with Chris McCarrell to his most recent coming of age story Both Sides Now. Developmental workshops include October Sky, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The World Will Not Contain Us, Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat and Manhattan Kids. He is a 2013 graduate of Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music.
About THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL
With more than 100 million copies of the book series sold worldwide, this global phenomenon has found a new home on the live stage in a “mesmerizing” theatrical event that proves “lightning can strike twice!” (TheaterMania).
As a son of Poseidon, Percy Jackson has newly discovered powers he can’t control, monsters on his trail, and is on a quest to find Zeus’ lightning bolt to prevent a war between the Greek gods. Based on the best-selling novel by Rick Riordan and featuring a thrilling original rock score, THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL is an action-packed theatrical adventure that has been celebrated by audiences and critics alike.
THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL has a Drama Desk nominated book by Joe Tracz, music and lyrics by Rob Rokicki, and is directed by Stephen Brackett, with choreography by Patrick McCollum, with set design by Lee Savage, costume design by Sydney Maresca, lighting design by David Lander, Obie award winning sound design by Ryan Rumery, fight direction by Rod Kinter and orchestrations by Wiley DeWeese and Rob Rokicki. The production is being presented by special arrangement with Rick Riordan and the Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency.THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL is produced by TheaterWorksUSA, Martian Entertainment, Greg Schaffert, Lang Entertainment Group, Lisa Chanel, Jennifer Doyle and Roy Lennox, Glass Half Full Productions, Hummel/Greene, Mary Maggio, Tim Schwider, and Van Dean/Meredith Lucio in partnership with The Road Company
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ABOUT BROADWAY IN CHICAGO Broadway In Chicago was created in July 2000 and over the past 18 years has grown to be one of the largest commercial touring homes in the country. A Nederlander Presentation, Broadway In Chicago lights up the Chicago Theater District entertaining more than 1.7 million people annually in five theatres. Broadway In Chicago presents a full range of entertainment, including musicals and plays, on the stages of five of the finest theatres in Chicago’s Loop including the CIBC Theatre, Oriental Theatre, Cadillac Palace Theatre, and just off the Magnificent Mile, the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place and presenting Broadway shows at The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. For more information, visit www.BroadwayInChicago.com.
THEATERWORKS USA (Barbara Pasternack, Artistic Director; Michael Harrington, Managing Director) is America’s foremost professional not-for-profit theater company dedicated to creating exceptional, transformative theatrical experiences for young and family audiences in diverse communities throughout New York City and North America. Since 1961, the company has captured the imaginations of 100 million new and veteran theatergoers with an award-winning repertoire of over 130 original plays and musicals. Acclaimed creative alumni include Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (Disney’s Frozen), Jerry Zaks (Hello, Dolly!), Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Dear Evan Hansen), Tina Landau (SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical), and Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening). www.twusa.org.
MARTIAN ENTERTAINMENT is a Tony Award-winning theatrical production and general management company owned and operated by Carl D. White and Gregory Rae, and Associate Producer Tyrus Emory. Credits include: The Normal Heart (Tony Award); Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Tony Award); Kinky Boots (Tony Award); The Play That Goes Wrong (Broadway); Priscilla Queen of the Desert; Gore Vidal’s The Best Man; A Clockwork Orange; Bare the Musical; The Temperamentals; [title of show]; Potted Potter; Naked Boys Singing!; Altar Boyz; Immediate Family; and many others. Film/TV projects include the feature film musical Hello Again; and the award-winning TV pilot “Sox News.” MartianEntertainment.com @MartianEntNYC
GREG SCHAFFERT PRODUCTIONS: Greg is a Tony Award winning producer with over 30 years of experience working in every facet of the theatre. Producing credits: Peter and the Starcatcher (5 Tony Awards); All Shook Up; Burn the Floor; Bat Boy The Musical; Striking 12; Shear Madness; Analog & Vinyl; Three Musketeers; No Wake; Magnetic North; Great Wall; The Girl in the Frame, and many others. In development: Bat Boy revival; Atlantis; Something in the Game; Looking for Christmas; The Singing River;Painted Alice; Hot Mess in Manhattan. gregschaffert.com LANG ENTERTAINMENT GROUP Victoria Lang has enjoyed a wide-ranging producing career in theatre, film and television. Broadway: Sylvia,1984, Private Lives, A View From The Bridge, (Tony nomination), Joseph…Dreamcoat (Tony nomination), The Little Foxes, Peter Pan and more. Off-Broadway and Tours: Found (Atlantic Theatre Co., Philadelphia Theatre Co.),Silence! The Musical!(Best Musical: Off Broadway Alliance Award, Top 5 Musicals: Time Magazine), Matt & Ben (Top 5 Plays: Time Magazine), SHOUT! The Mod Musical, Johnny Guitar (Outer Critics Circle Award), Listen to My Heart: The Songs of David Friedman (Drama Desk nomination), Girls Night! The Musical and Divorce Party The Musical. West End: Funny Girl (Olivier nomination), SHOUT!, Bat Boy. Television: Live With Regis & Kathie Lee (3 Emmy nominations), Specials for PBS and A&E. Film: Macbeth in Manhattan (Winner:S.Beach & LI Film Festivals), Perfect Lies, Dark Tides, Chao Theory & more.
THE ROAD COMPANY was founded in 1997 by Stephen Lindsay and Brett Sirota. In addition to The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical current representation includes Wicked, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, War Paint, The Band’s Visit, SpongeBob SquarePants, A Clockwork Orange, The Sound of Music, The Illusionists, Dirty Dancing, Kinky Boots, and Elf the Musical