New in 2017 A new musical based on the hit Nickelodeon cartoon series, SpongeBob SquarePants and the denizens of Bikini Bottom must rally to save their undersea world from total annihilation.
From the producers: Stakes are higher than ever before as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. Get ready to dive to all-new depths of theatrical innovation at "SpongeBob SquarePants," where the power of optimism really can save the world!
The animated series "SpongeBob SquarePants" was created by marine biologist and animator Stephen Hillenburg for Nickelodeon. The series chronicles the adventures and endeavors of the title character and his various friends in the fictional underwater city of Bikini Bottom. The series' popularity has made it a media franchise, as well as the highest rated series to ever air on Nickelodeon.
"SpongeBob SquarePants" arrives on Broadway after a spring 2016 world-premiere engagement in Chicago (then titled "The SpongeBob Musical"), where it was met with mostly positive reviews from critics. The show’s score is comprised of songs by an impressive roster of pop and rock hit-makers, including Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alexander Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants and T.I., and a song by David Bowie.
2018 Tony Award Nominations: Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Ethan Slater), Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Gavin Lee), Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Best Costume Design of a Musical, Best Lighting Design of a Musical, Best Sound Design of a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Choreography, Best Orchestrations.
2018 Drama Desk Nominations: Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Ethan Slater), Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Gavin Lee), Outstanding Director of a Musical, Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Book of a Musical, Outstanding Orchestrations, Outstanding Set Design for a Musical, Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical, Outstanding Projection Design, Outstanding Wig and Hair.
2018 Outer Critics Circle Awards: Outstanding New Broadway Musical, Outstanding New Score, Outstanding Director Of A Musical, Outstanding Actor In A Musical (Ethan Slater).
Delightful but overstuffed...the show explodes with catchy songs, Crayola-bright visuals, goofy humor, not-so-silly messages and lots of heart. Momentum stalls occasionally from so many story threads, but [the] clever sets and costumes offer constant eye candy to compensate. The same is true of the eclectic, easy-to-like score. Fun is the name of the game in this family-friendly production. But it also offers grown-up insights...simply a pleasure.
A head-spinningly packed Act I spends far too long setting up various threads.. Act II is much smoother, and features some of the show's highlights. Not everything works, and there's often too much going on onstage at any given moment. But "SpongeBob" certainly deserves points for creativity. While few of [the] songs are likely to become musical theater classics, the range of styles is impressive Overall, it's an entertaining, if overstuffed and a bit too experimental, homage to the long-running cartoon.