Photos and Reviews of “Goosebumps The Musical”

Photo Credit: Paul Ruffolo

Photo Credit: Paul Ruffolo

The World Premiere of “Goosebumps The Musical: Phantom Of The Auditorium“, with Book and Lyrics by John Maclay and Music and Lyrics by Danny Abosch, opened last month at First Stage in Milwaukee, WI, and Oregon Children’s Theatre in Portland, OR. Here’s what the critics had to say!

“Some of the best and most interesting lyrics I’ve heard in a long time…the relationship with Abosch, whom Maclay calls “a genius” is one that will hopefully spawn more and more works at First Stage.”
Link to article: First Stage’s “Goosebumps” conjures a fabulously frightful night for families

“Frightful fun…Danny Abosch’s creepy, slightly pop score sounds much more suited to Stine’s material than Danny Elfman’s erratic, overly cute instrumental arrangement for the recent film. In fact, Sony Pictures should grab the play’s opening song for the upcoming “Goosebumps” movie sequel. This is one of those rare musicals with a tune that sticks in your head, playing over and over, days later.”
-The Oregonian
Link to article: ‘Goosebumps the Musical’ is frightful fun from Oregon Children’s Theatre (review)

“Abosch is a highly talented musical composer and arranger, and the script is appropriate for children but holds enough humor, thrills and chills to hold the attention of an adult audience member for the 90 minutes or so of the show. When First Stage pledges that it’s theater for the entire family, it’s not an empty pledge.”
Link to article: First Stage’s formula for excellence and a “Book of Mormon” ticket lottery

“Funny, Scary, Delightful…First Stage Associate Artistic Director John Maclay and Music Director-Composer Danny Abosch have adapted the novel into a musical which will charm audiences of all ages.”
-Shepherd Express
Link to article: Funny, Scary, Delightful – First Stage turns ‘Goosebumps’ into a charming musical

“The company sends goosebumps through audiences on edge sitting in their seats with an exciting and entertaining production tinged with humor.”
Link to article: BWW Review: First Stage GOOSEBUMPS THE MUSICAL World Premieres TYA Chills and Thrills

“First Stage’s ‘Goosebumps’ serves chills with humor”
-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Link to article: First Stage’s ‘Goosebumps’ serves chills with humor

“A silly, spooky adventure…family-friendly fun.”
Link to article: A silly, spooky adventure: First Stage presents a new show which promises chills and thrills

“Being a mystery buff myself, I have to admit there are a couple of twists and turns that would have even made Dame Agatha proud.”
-Dennis Sparks
Link to article: Goosebumps, the musical, Phantom of the Auditorium—Oregon Children’s Theatre—downtown Portland

“Stan Foote, artistic director of Oregon Children’s Theatre and director of this musical, again sets a high bar for a smart, funny and well-staged musical for younger audiences. Like any good children’s art, Goosebumps entertains adults, as well.”
-Oregon Artswatch
Link to article: Something Goosebump this way comes

For tickets, visit the links below:

First Stage – Milwaukee, WI
October 14 – November 13, 2016
Tickets available here:

Oregon Children’s Theatre – Portland, OR
October 22 – November 20, 2016
Tickets available here:

Goosebumps The Musical: Phantom Of The Auditorium
Book and Lyrics by John Maclay, Music and Lyrics by Danny Abosch

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