Ep81 – Rob Rokicki, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical

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Rob Rokicki is an actor, music director, composer, and lyricist whose shows have been nominated for Drama Desk, Lortel, and Off-Broadway Alliance awards. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Actor’s Equity, and an alum of the Tony Award-winning BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Writing workshop. He wrote the music and lyrics for the critically acclaimed Broadway musical THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL, which recently finished up its limited Broadway run.

Growing up in the Colorado plains, he listened almost exclusively to classical music. The acquisition of a boombox exposed him to rock music for the first time, which morphed into a love for the rock musical genre. In addition, this episode covers:

  • His natural affinity towards monsters (maybe since he was born on Halloween?)
  • His theory that “real life” is just high school with more money — adults are still living scared and trying to win their parents’ affection
  • Working with Joe Tracz on The Lightning Thief long before Be More Chill ever surfaced
  • The story of how The Lightning Thief went from a non-equity, hour-long touring production to a full-fledged Broadway production
  • Monster Songs: Rob’s graphic novel you also listen to (stories told from different monsters’ point of views)

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