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Arthur and  Friends Make a Musical!

Book and Lyrics by John Maclay

Music and Lyrics by Brett Ryback 

Adapted from the books and characters created by Marc Brown 

Directed and Choreographed by Khalia Davis 

Music Direction by Brett Ryback


October 7 – November 6, 2022 

Marcus Center’s Todd Wehr Theater 

Sponsored by Children’s Wisconsin  

Big things are happening at Lakewood Elementary School! Mr. Ratburn’s class is asked to write and perform a big show for all of Elwood City. Everyone is so excited! Everyone, except for  Arthur. What should he do? Arthur feels more nervous as the big performance gets closer and closer. With the help of his family and friends Buster, Brain, Francine, Muffy – and even little 

sister D.W. – Arthur learns the importance of being his best, unique self. All aboard for an incredibly fun ride with this world premiere musical!


Suggested for families with young people ages 5+.

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signed by theatrical rights worldwide

Four of John's plays can now be purchased for production through Theatrical Rights Worldwide!

Nate The Great

Cinderella: The Real Story

Romeo and Juliet Walk Into A Bar

The Revolting Teens of Sherwood

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Goosebumps original studio cast recording

Ghostlight Records presents ...



Original Studio Cast Recording 

Available NOW on all streaming services and on CD June 24th!

Featuring Krystina Alabado, Alex Brightman, Noah Galvin, Sheryl Lee, Will Roland and Stephanie Styles.

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Click here to presave or preorder now and receive a free download of the title song "Goosebumps". 

Album artwork by Tim Jacobus


The Quest for Solomon's Treasure

Developed by John Maclay and Jeremy Tardy

VIRTUAL WEB SERIES: Streaming September 20 – November 1, 2020
Entire series available through May 2021

Tune in to this seven-episode world premiere web series streaming exclusively for First Stage audiences. Directed by First Stage alum and Hollywood actor Jeremy Tardy (68 Whiskey, Dear White People, Ballers) and written by First Stage Resident Playwright John Maclay (Goosebumps the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium, Nancy Drew and her Biggest Case Ever, Robin Hood), The Quest for Solomon’s Treasure follows six Milwaukee young people as they work together to solve clues in the ultimate treasure hunt to save the day. With new clues revealed each week in these 15-20 minute episodes, we invite the audience to help us solve this mystery… and maybe even win fabulous prizes! It’s a little bit Goonies, a little bit National Treasure, and one hundred percent Milwaukee.

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