Drop Everything And Listen To The Soundtrack Of The Percy Jackson Musical

Drop Everything And Listen To The Soundtrack Of The Percy Jackson Musical

Yeah, it's real. And yeah, it's good.

For some reason, there hasn’t been a lot of discussion of the fact that there’s a "Percy Jackson" musical. Yes, that Percy Jackson. Of "Percy Jackson and the Olympians," the bestselling series about preteens who discover that they’re the children of the Greek gods. The series that spawned a bunch of lesser knockoffs and a ton of quizzes to determine which is your godly parent. That series. The first book has been made into a musical, and the soundtrack has just been released. To those of you who loved "Percy Jackson" as a child but are leery of the idea of your childhood favorites being updated to include snappy dance numbers and a great vocal line, this article is for you. This is why you should drop whatever angsty emo-core music you’re listening to and listen to the "Percy Jackson" musical soundtrack – excuse me, the "Lightning Thief" musical – right the heck now.

Songwriter Rob Rokicki managed to include Percy and his mother’s love of blue food in a touching, inspiring, and not ridiculously out-of-place way. In the song “Strong,” Sally Jackson uses the blue food as a metaphor to express to her son that it’s OK to be different, and that “the very things that make us different make us strong.” This song also acknowledges Percy’s struggles with ADHD and dyslexia without sensationalizing them or treating them like the worst things that could possibly happen to a kid. Instead, they’re treated like parts of everyday life, things that are difficult but not crippling. This matter-of-fact, straightforward acceptance of mental illness is refreshing. For fans of the book, there’s the strong characterization of Sally Jackson to appreciate, and those who haven’t read the original novel will enjoy the tender and humorous portrayal of the relationship between a single mother and her son.

Remember Dionysus from the book? Or know him vaguely as the Greek god of wine and parties? He gets a song to himself, about how much he hates the kids at the half-blood summer camp he supervises – and he sings it directly to the kids themselves. It serves as a good introduction to the world of the novel and the play, and it’s also a nice jolt of humor after an emotionally taxing scene which I will not mention because spoilers. If you’ve read the book, you know what I’m talking about. If not – life is full of surprises.

The score includes the diverse and varied sounds of the United States, from gospel to rock and roll to your good old-fashioned musical theatre standards. What they have in common is a driving, upbeat rhythm, and a full orchestration that features the ensemble in almost every song. If you’ve ever been part of a high school musical cast, you know what it feels like to wait backstage for your two lines in one song – but this soundtrack gives the ensemble multiple chances to shine. The book and lyrics are both clever, and pay homage to Rick Riordan’s quippy writing style and the humor of a book series narrated by the most jaded and sassiest of preteens. Did you hate the way the ill-advised film adaptation aged everyone up? Fear not – the kids here are very certainly kids.

Songs you shouldn’t miss: “The Day I Got Expelled/Prologue,” “Good Kid,” “My Grand Plan,” “Drive,” and “Another Terrible Day” (the aforementioned Dionysus song). Is that the entire first act? Silly me. It’s just that good.

"The Lightning Thief" stays true to the book, but brings something refreshing to the story without torturing the plot to death the way the feature films did. Go listen to "The Lightning Thief." The Oracle said to.

Cover Image Credit: LTMusical / Twitter

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35 Major Life Facts According To Nick Miller

"All booze is good booze, unless it's weak booze."

Fact: If you watch "New Girl," you love Nick Miller.

You can't help it. He's an adorable, lovable mess of a man and you look forward to seeing him and his shenanigans each week. While living the infamous and incomparable life of Nick Miller, and obviously Julius Pepperwood— he has learned many valuable laws of the land. And, although Nick refuses to learn anything from anyone besides his mysterious, old Asian friend Tran, he does have a few lessons he'd like to teach us.

Here are 35 facts of life according to 'Nick Milla Nick Milla':

1. Drinking keeps you healthy.

"I'm not gonna get sick. No germ can live in a body that is 65% beer."

2. Dinosaurs never existed.

"I don't believe dinosaurs existed. I've seen the science. I don't believe it."

3. A paper bag is a bank.

"A bank is just a paper bag but with fancier walls."

4. Having sex is similar to delivering mail.

"I'm like a mailman, except instead of mail it's hot sex that I deliver."

5. Moonwalking is a foolproof way to get out of any awkward situation.

Jess (about Nick): "Now he won't even talk to me. I saw him this morning and he just panic moonwalked away from me. He does that sometimes."

6. Using a movie reference is also a great way.

Cece: "Come on, get up!"

Nick: "No, I don't dance. I'm from that town in "Footloose."

7. There's no reason to wash towels.

Nick: "I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me. Who washes a towel?"

Schmidt: "You never wash your towel?"

Nick: "What am I gonna do? Wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?"

8. Exes are meant to be avoided at all costs (especially if/unless they're Caroline)

"I don't deal with exes, they're part of the past. You burn them swiftly and you give their ashes to Poseidon."

9. IKEA furniture is not as intimidating as it looks.

"I'm building you the dresser. I love this stuff. It's like high-stakes LEGOs."

10. You don't need forks if you have hands.

Jess: "That's gross. Get a fork, man."

Nick: "I got two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!"

11. Sex has a very specific definition.

"It's not sex until you put the straw in the coconut."

12. Doors are frustrating.

"I will push if I want to push! Come on! I hate doors!"

13. All booze is good booze.

"Can I get an alcohol?"

14. ...unless it's weak booze.

"Schmidt, that is melon flavored liquor! That is 4-proof! That is safe to drink while you're pregnant!"

15. Writers are like pregnant women.

Jess: "You know what that sound is? It's the sound of an empty uterus."

Nick: "I can top that easily. I'm having a hard time with my zombie novel."

Jess: "Are you really comparing a zombie novel to my ability to create life?"

Nick: "I'm a writer, Jess. We create life."

16. All bets must be honored.

"There is something serious I have to tell you about the future. The name of my first-born child needs to be Reginald VelJohnson. I lost a bet to Schmidt."

17. Adele's voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

"Adele is amazing."

18. Beyoncé is extremely trustworthy.

"I'd trust Beyoncé with my life. We be all night."

19. Fish, on the other hand, are not.

“Absolutely not. You know I don’t trust fish! They breathe water. That's crazy!"

20. Bar mitzvahs are terrifying.

Schmidt: "It's a bar mitzvah!"

Nick: "I am NOT watching a kid get circumcised!"

21. ...so are blueberries.

Jess: "So far, Nick Miller's list of fears is sharks, tap water, real relationships..."

Nick: "And blueberries."

22. Take your time with difficult decisions. Don't be rash.

Jess: "You care about your burritos more than my children, Nick?"

Nick: "You're putting me in a tough spot!"

23. Getting into shape is not easy.

"I mean, I’m not doing squats or anything. I’m trying to eat less donuts."

24. We aren't meant to talk about our feelings.

"If we needed to talk about feelings, they would be called talkings."

25. We're all a little bit too hard on ourselves.

"The enemy is the inner me."

26. Freezing your underwear is a good way to cool off.

"Trust me, I'm wearing frozen underpants right now and I feel amazing. I'm gonna grab some old underpants and put a pair into the freezer for each of you."

27. Public nudity is normal.

"Everbody has been flashed countless times."

28. Alcohol is a cure-all.

"You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol."

29. Horses are aliens.

"I believe horses are from outer-space."

30. Turtles should actually be called 'shell-beavers.'

Jess: "He calls turtles 'shell-beavers."

Nick: "Well, that's what they should be called."

31. Trench coats are hot.

"This coat has clean lines and pockets that don't quit, and it has room for your hips. And, when I wear it, I feel hot to trot!"

32. Sparkles are too.

"Now, my final bit of advice, and don't get sensitive on this, but you've got to change that top it's terrible and you've got to throw sparkles on. Sparkles are in. SPARKLES ARE IN."

33. Introspection can lead to a deeper knowing of oneself.

"I'm not convinced I know how to read. I've just memorized a lot of words."

34. It's important to live in the moment.

"I know this isn't gonna end well but the middle part is gonna be awesome."

35. Drinking makes you cooler.

Jess: "Drinking to be cool, Nick? That's not a real thing."

Nick: "That's the only thing in the world I know to be true."

Cover Image Credit: Hollywood Reporter

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