Broadway Critics Have a Problem With Teen Musicals. How Do We Solve It?

Clockwise from bottom left: Jorrel Javier, Chris McCarrell, Kristin Stokes, and James Hayden Rodriguez in The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical. (Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel)

Ask just about anyone who keeps up with Broadway, and most people will agree that it’s having a bit of a teen musical Moment.

Broadway musicals for and about teenagers are a relatively new phenomenon in the grand scheme of things. 2006’s Spring Awakening was arguably the turning point, at least in terms of offering a musical that covered…