GHOSTLIGHT RECORDS will release Goosebumps® The Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium (Original Studio Cast Recording) in streaming and digital formats on Friday, October 29, just in time for Halloween. The show is based on the book by R.L. Stine published by Scholastic Inc., and features music and lyrics by Danny Abosch and book and lyrics by John Maclay. This announcement celebrates Stine’s 78th birthday today, Friday, October 8. The all-star cast includes Krystina Alabado (Mean Girls, American Psycho), Alex Brightman (Tony Award® nominee for Beetlejuice), Noah Galvin (Waitress, “The Real O’Neals”), Sheryl Lee Ralph (Tony nominee for Dreamgirls), Will Roland (Dear Evan Hansen, Be More Chill), and Stephanie Styles (Kiss Me Kate, “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”), in addition to a special appearance from R.L. Stine himself.
The album cover is a new original work by Tim Jacobus, illustrator of the iconic original Goosebumps art. Starting today, customers who pre-order the digital album will immediately receive the track “Goosebumps.” To pre-save or pre-order the album, please visit: https://ghostlightrecords.lnk.to/GoosebumpsTheMusicalIN
Brooke and Zeke are thrilled to be starring in a mysterious show called The Phantom, and not the least bit frightened by the old legend that the play is cursed. But when strange, spooky messages start appearing, and a masked menace starts disrupting rehearsals, they begin to wonder: what if there really is a ghost haunting their school, determined to stop the show?! Prepare to get goosebumps as they race to solve the mystery in this thrilling—and chilling—new musical, based on the classic series by R.L. Stine.
Goosebumps The Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium premiered in October 2016 at the Todd Wehr Theater in Milwaukee, WI, and at the Newmark Theatre in Portland, OR. The show went on to major productions at The Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, PA, The Coterie Theatre in Kansas City, MO, Main Street Theater in Houston, TX, and more. It was originally commissioned by Oregon Children’s Theatre and Milwaukee’s First Stage.
The Oregonian called the musical “Frightful fun. This is one of those rare musicals with a tune that sticks in your head, playing over and over, days later.” Shepherd Express hailed the show as “funny, scary, and delightful.” According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “Goosebumps serves chills with humor.” BroadwayWorld.com said “Don’t be fooled into thinking that a show derived from a children’s book/television show doesn’t pack the punch of a large production Broadway musical, because this one does. This show is entertaining from start to finish.”
The ensemble features Arianny Escalona, Alex Gibson, AJ Lewis, Armenia Sarkissian, Shuba Vedula, and Aika Zabala.
The orchestra includes Mira Magrill (flute/piccolo), Mark Dover (clarinet/bass clarinet/saxophones), Cameron West (french horn), Connor Pietrzak (trumpet), Jen Hinkle (trombone/bass trombone), Alex Marchisone (drums), Reinaldo Ocando (percussion for “The Legend”), Danny Abosch (keyboards/electronic music production), Jakob Reinhardt (guitars), Kristi Shade (harp), Will Curry (violin/viola), Zoë Miller (violin), Chelsea Starbuck Smith (violin), Ronald Villabona (violin), Michele Zimmerman (violin), Molly Goldman (viola), Laura Sacks (viola), Daniel Gonzalez (cello), Yoed Nir (cello), Jay Tilton (cello), Gonzalo Carmelé (double bass), Michael Epperhart (double/electric bass), John Gray (double/electric bass), and Matthew Weber (double bass).
The album features arrangements, orchestrations, music direction, editing, and mixing by Danny Abosch, mastering by Justin Colletti / Joe Lambert Mastering, casting by Binder Casting / Chad Eric Murnane, CSA, packaging art and design by Michelle Dimuzio, production manager Griffin Dohr, lead recording engineer Ian Kagey, music coordinator Mira Magrill, and music copying by Connor Pietrzak.
The album is produced by Danny Abosch for Danomalous Productions, LLC. Ghostlight Records previously collaborated with Danny Abosch on the cast album to Fancy Nancy The Musical.
GOOSEBUMPS® is one of the best-selling book series of all time, with more than 400 million English-language books in print, plus international editions in 32 languages. Published by Scholastic Inc., the smash-hit books became a global mega-brand and a $2 billion consumer products program at retail, and continue to be a success with the current Goosebumps SlappyWorld series. The hit live-action Goosebumps TV series was rated #1 for five consecutive seasons in the 1990s. The property also spawned two hugely successful motion pictures starring Jack Black, released in 2015 and 2018, which together grossed more than $250 million. The Goosebumps series made R.L. Stine a worldwide publishing celebrity (and Jeopardy answer), and Goosebumps was named the world’s bestselling book series of all time in the 2003 Guinness Book of World Records.
R.L. STINE, called “perhaps the best-selling children’s author of the 20th century” by Stephen King, is the creator of the bestselling Goosebumps series, which has more than 400 million copies in print worldwide and will celebrate thirty years in 2022. Goosebumps is one of the best-selling series of all-time and inspired a popular television show, as well as a feature film starring Jack Black that opened at #1 at the box office. The recent film adaptation of his Fear Street series was ranked the #1 movie on Netflix in July 2021.
DANNY ABOSCH is a composer/lyricist whose musicals include Fancy Nancy The Musical (Off-Broadway 2012-2014, National Tour 2013-2015, over 100 productions worldwide), Off the Wall (First Prize winner of NMI’s 2014 Search for New Musicals, 2015 workshop and concert in Los Angeles), Placebo (winner of the 2012 PMTP Development Award, workshop at the Pasadena Playhouse directed by Ryan Scott Oliver), and Miles & Me (2014 workshop at the Musical Theatre Factory). Danny’s original songs were featured in The Way We Dance by playwright Kathleen Clark, directed by Marsha Mason. Danny is a graduate of the University of Michigan, and of NYU’s M.F.A. Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. Danny studied musical theatre writing in the Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project at Northwestern University, where he worked closely with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Craig Carnelia. Danny’s songs have been chosen by William Finn for his concert series “Songs By Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists You Probably Don’t Know, But Should” and by Ahrens and Flaherty to feature at the Dramatists Guild National Conference. He has also been selected as a finalist for the Jonathan Larson Grant and the Kleban Prize in Musical Theatre. Danny’s music has been featured on TV shows such as “Dance Moms” and “Last Call with Carson Daly” as well as in the films Waiting in the Wings and Missed Connections.
JOHN MACLAY is a playwright who specializes in adaptation for Theatres for Young Audiences. In addition to his latest, The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors, his plays and musicals include Geronimo Stilton: Mouse in Space, Just a Little Critter Musical (with Brett Ryback), Nancy Drew and Her Biggest Cave Ever (with Jeff Frank), Anatole (with Lee Becker and James Valcq), a new version of Robin Hood (with Joe Foust) and Nate the Great (with Brett Ryback). Upcoming projects include Andromeda and the Trials of Hercules (with Joe Foust). Prior to leaving to pursue writing full time, John proudly served in various leadership roles at First Stage in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, one of America’s largest and most respected theatres for young audiences. John has worked with First Stage in one form or another since 2000 and directed or appeared in more than 25 First Stage productions (from classics to world premieres) as well as having produced more than 50 productions for the First Stage high school programs. John’s work as an actor or director has also been seen at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Milwaukee Shakespeare Company, Defiant Theatre, Bunny Gumbo, Bialystock and Bloom, Skylight Opera Theatre and more.
GHOSTLIGHT RECORDS has become the leading independent force in Original Broadway Cast Recordings – building a library of over 200 records over the past 20 years, featuring some of the most successful Broadway musicals and solo albums by Broadway’s brightest stars. Founded by Grammy Award winner Kurt Deutsch, Ghostlight has won Grammy Awards for The Band’s Visit, The Book of Mormon, In the Heights and Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. Ghostlight has also released solo albums from Patti LuPone, Kelli O’Hara, Sutton Foster, Billy Porter, and more. The label continues to support the new generation of musical theater composers and has developed extensive relationships with Jason Robert Brown, Michael John LaChiusa, and David Yazbek, as well as Lin-Manuel Miranda, Pasek & Paul, Tom Kitt, Joe Iconis, and Shaina Taub. Ghostlight Records is part of the Arts Music division at Warner Music Group.
Lead Recording Engineer: Ian Kagey
Additional Recording Engineers: Alex Conroy, Michael Richelle, Luke Adams, Pete Min
“Goosebumps The Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium” premiered October 14, 2016 at the Todd Wehr Theater (Milwaukee, WI) and October 22, 2016 at the Newmark Theatre (Portland, OR).
Oregon Children’s Theatre, Stan Foote, Artistic Director
First Stage, Jeff Frank, Artistic Director
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