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Intimate, personal conversations with theatre’s biggest talents, ranging all across the spectrum of individuals involved in the professional theatre industry. It features both stars and creatives such as producers, stage managers, directors, press and marketing agents, or even the people who own the theaters themselves. Hosted by Alan Seales, part of BroadwayPodcastNetwork.com.

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

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