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Musical Based on New York Times Best-Selling Books Comes to Midland Center for the Arts

Hop on board for an unforgettable ride with the Kennedy Center-commissioned musical, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (The Musical!), from Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence, Emmy Award®–winning writer, and New York Times best-selling author and illustrator Mo Willems, at Midland Center for the Arts, March 20. Tickets are on sale now at or by calling the Ticket Office at 989-631-8250.

This fabulously fun and funny, critically acclaimed, Helen Hayes Award–winning production features a script by Willems and Muppet Babies executive producer Mr. Warburton with music by Deborah Wicks La Puma, direction by Jerry Whiddon, choreography by Jessica Hartman, and dramaturgy by Megan Alrutz.

Whatever you do, don’t let the Pigeon star in his own musical production! It’s not easy being the Pigeon—you never get to do ANYTHING! But when the Bus Driver has a crisis that threatens to make her passengers (gasp!) late, maybe that wily bird CAN do something.

Utilizing an innovative mix of actors, puppets, songs, and feathers, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (The Musical!) stars Sylvern Groomes Jr. as The Pigeon, Deborah Crabbe as The Bus Driver, Keith Richards as Hot Dog Vendor/Business Man/Ensemble, Caroline Dubberly as Little Old Lady/Ensemble, Lauren Davis as Duckling/Bus Engine/Ensemble, and Nigel Rowe as Nerdy Teen/Ensemble.

The production includes music direction by William Yanesh, puppet direction by Scottie Rowell, scenic design by Dan Conway, costume design by Jeannette Christensen, lighting design by Sarah Tundermann, sound design by Justin Schmitz, puppet fabrication by Carole D’Agostino, and properties by Willow Watson. This production is most enjoyed by ages 5 and up.

This presentation of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (The Musical!) is made possible through the generous support of MCV – Midland Cogeneration Venture.

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Josh Holliday

Josh Holliday

Josh Holliday is the former Director of Communications at Midland Center for the Arts. Telling the stories of artists, innovators and modern day explorers!

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