Meet the Writer & Lyricist!

We recently sat down with the Writer and Lyricist of Arthur™ & Friends Make a Musical, John Maclay! TGS audiences will remember John’s work from our 2022 Fall production of R.L. Stine’s GOOSEBUMPS! John shares his experience working on this beloved story and why audiences should check it out!

Hi John! Welcome back to TGS! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’ve been involved in theater since I was 6. I have a Masters degree in Acting from the University of Illinois and a Masters degree in Wortimg from Spalding Inoversity In Louisville, Kentucky.

How did you get involved with Arthur™ & Friends Make A Musical!?
We were commissioned by First Stage Children’s Theater in Milwaukee to create the show. The premiere was in Fall of 2022.

Were you fans of the books prior to the project? If so, any favorite stories?
I was more familiar with the television series but, when we got the commission, I immediately went and started reading all of the books over and over. Obviously, “Arthur Tells a Story” was a favorite of mine, as it provides the basis of the story of our musical.

Who is your favorite Arthur™ character and why?
D.W. She makes me laugh the most.

Arthur™ has been around for about 30 years. Why do you think audiences love the Arthur series?
Growing up and figuring out life is hard. Marc Brown and the whole team at Arthur have done an important work taking hard moments that everyone experiences as a young person and showing a path forward.

Talk about your collaborative process! What came first? The music or the lyrics?
We generally start with figuring out all of the important points of the story and a first draft of words. Brett is often working on music along the way, but once we get some lyrics together he takes them and molds them in whatever way he thinks best to tell these moments of the story in the strongest musical way.

Why is Theatre for Young Audiences so important?
Theater is an important community experience and one of the great teaching tools we have as educators. In addition to sharing an entertaining or uplifting story, theater makers are inspiring critical thinking and a broader, more empathetic view of the world.

Fill in the blank: Arthur™ & Friends Make A Musical! IS: FUN.

Arthur™ & Friends Make a Musical! runs March 8th through the 24th with performances on Saturdays at 4PM, Sundays at 2PM and a Special Opening Night performance, Friday, March 8th at 7:30PM. Group Rates available!

Ticketing System

  • Main Stage Performances are normally Saturdays at 4:00PM and Sunday at 2:00PM. Friday performances are on a limited basis at 7:30pm.
  • Studio Series Performances: Thursday/Friday at 7:30PM, Saturday at 4:00PM and Sunday at 2:00PM.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Local Flavor Coupons and Groupons cannot be redeemed online.  You must call the Box Office to reserve and redeem. Box Office is open daily Monday thru Friday from 10:30am to 3:00pm. Please call at least 24 hours prior to redeem.
  • Seating begins 30 minutes prior to each performance. If you select Will Call as your ticket delivery method, your tickets will be available for pick up starting an hour prior to the performance.
  • Seating is general admission except for season ticket holders and groups of 10 or more.
  • Sales are final and no refunds will be given unless the performance is cancelled. If you are unable to attend, please contact the Box Office and we will do our best to accommodate you at a different performance based on availability.
  • Concessions will be available for sale before the performance and during intermission. Outside food and drink is not allowed.
  • Parking is available in the bank parking lot next to the theatre (when the bank is closed), the park lot behind the bank lot, and on the surrounding streets. If needed, overflow parking is available at the Methodist Church down the street.
  • If you have any questions, please contact the Box Office at 973-347-4946 or and we will be happy to assist you.

    Group Sales (10 or more) are available by calling the Box Office at (973) 347-4946.

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