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“SpongeBob SquarePants” out to make a splash on Broadway

CBS Sunday Morning

“SpongeBob SquarePants” has been on the Nickelodeon TV Channel for 18 years and is still going strong. It tells absurdist tales of an optimistic sea sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea, along with his saltwater pals.

But once you’ve made 250 TV episodes, two movies, a comic book, a video-game series, three music albums, and a theme-park ride, where do you go from there?

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‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Stars Perform Live on ‘GMA’

Good Morning America

The cast of “SpongeBob SquarePants” performs ‘Bikini Bottom Day’ live on Good Morning America. The one-of-a-kind show is wowing audiences with original songs by Steven Tyler, John Legend and Cyndi Lauper. The list goes on and on and on. This is one of the stars, Ethan Slater. It is a smash hit! Has it caught you by surprise how everybody has reacted?

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How Ethan Slater Became Broadway’s SpongeBob SquarePants


Literalists who arrive at SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical hoping to see a man sing and dance in a big, yellow, sponge-shaped outfit are bound to be disappointed. Instead of mimicking a cartoon, the show’s young star Ethan Slater somehow inhabits its spirit.

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With a Singing SpongeBob, Nickelodeon Aims for a Broadway Splash

The New York Times

Tina Landau was giving instructions through a bullhorn inside the Palace Theater just days before a show 10 years in the making was set to debut. It was dress rehearsal for “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical” and the outlandishly costumed cast was preparing the finale, getting ready to make music on instruments including a trombone, guitars, ukuleles and marching tenor drums.

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He Knows Bikini Bottom. Now He Gets to Swim There.

The New York Times

When Ethan Slater wasn’t cast in “Arabian Nights” his freshman year at Georgetown Day School in Washington, he decided to try something he’d never done — wrestling. Not only did he take quickly to the sport, ending up on the varsity team, but it also helped prepare him for the high-energy stage role that’s come to define his last two years, and could keep him employed for several more: the hyperbolically cheerful SpongeBob SquarePants, the animated center of Nickelodeon’s media empire since 1999.

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SpongeBob’s Bikini Bottom On Broadway — And In Danger


Here’s an idea for a musical: The end is near, and there’s just one day for the inhabitants of Bikini Bottom to figure out how to save themselves from a powerful volcano that’s about to explode. Who can we count on to come through?

Well, who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Absorbent and yellow and porous is he!

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Inside the ‘SpongeBob’ Musical’s All-Star Rock Soundtrack

Rolling Stone

When Tina Landau’s agent asked her if she would be interested in directing a musical based on “SpongeBob SquarePants,” she replied with a blunt “No.”

“All that came to my head was a big, theme-park–style children’s show with giant mascot heads and foam characters,” she says. “That did not interest me.”

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Building Bikini Bottom


The Palace Theatre is submerged in an ocean of darkness. From the blackout, dozens of screens shine bright, dotting the darkness with their blue-white glow. In the shadows, technicians huddle over monitors, designers whisper into headset microphones, and the pitter patter of typing on keyboards crackles through the room.

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“SpongeBob SquarePants” musical recording out next month


It’s still months before the “SpongeBob SquarePants” musical, which already made a splash in its Chicago run, opens on Broadway, but you don’t have to wait that long to start humming tunes from the show.

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“SpongeBob SquarePants” Hits the Stage to Soak Up Broadway Spotlight


In a basement studio under Chicago’s Oriental Theatre, things are getting dramatic — and a bit surreal. A 14-piece orchestra is swelling to a cinematic crescendo. Three actors — portraying a sponge, a starfish, and a squirrel — mime their struggle to reach the top of an underwater volcano. Just as the music reaches its peak, one of the actors, in a voice that sounds not unlike a certain invertebrate fry-cook, cries out, “Give me the eruptor interruptor!”

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How SpongeBob SquarePants got his own musical in Chicago

Chicago Tribune

“SpongeBob SquarePants,” an animated television show about a yellow poriferan who lacks a digestive system but still manages to work as a fry cook in an underwater town called Bikini Bottom, launched on the day that John F. Kennedy, Jr., died at sea in July 1999.

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What Connects David Bowie, T.I. and Aerosmith? SpongeBob SquarePants, Coming Soon to Broadway

The highly anticipated SpongeBob SquarePants musical (opening Dec. 4) boasts a score written by pop and rock stars from David Bowie to T.I. Musical supervisor Tom Kitt, who worked with the artists, explains how their tunes came together.

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SpongeBob SquarePants

Time Out

Like Looney Tunes before it, Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants entertains kids while winking at their elders. After a well-reviewed preview run in Chicago, its porous yellow hero hits Broadway, defending the undersea community of Bikini Bottom. Tina Landau directs a cast led by Ethan Slater, Gavin Lee, Lilli Cooper and Danny Skinner; the book is by Kyle Jarrow, with Tom Kitt providing arrangements and orchestrations for original songs by major pop stars including Sara Bareilles, the Flaming Lips, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At the Disco, T.I. and They Might Be Giants.

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SpongeBob SquarePants Musical Coming to Broadway this Fall

Spectrum News

Fresh from Bikini Bottom and a critically acclaimed run in Chicago, SpongeBob SquarePants is trading in sand for New York City lights, bringing his gang of underwater misfits to the Great White Way for SpongeBob: A Broadway Musical for Everyone.

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A “SpongeBob SquarePants” Musical Is Officially Coming to Broadway

Teen Vogue

If that slightly altered SpongeBob theme song weren’t clear enough: SpongeBob SquarePants, a new musical based on the beloved TV show, is set to officially open on Broadway in the Palace Theatre this December, according to reports from Playbill.

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“The SpongeBob Musical” Is Coming To Broadway Later This Year


The SpongeBob Musical, co-conceived and directed by Tina Landau, will open on Broadway at The Palace Theatre before the end of the year, with preview performances beginning Monday, November 6th and an official opening on Monday, December 4th. At least four of the stars of the original Chicago run, Ethan Slater as SpongeBob SquarePants, Gavin Lee as Squidward, Lilli Cooper as Sandy Cheeks and Danny Skinner as Patrick, will all return. So will the “adult” jokes.

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“SpongeBob SquarePants” musical set to hit Broadway

CBS News

The stage show, based on the hit Nickelodeon animated series, will include original music by big names like Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper and even the late David Bowie. Other contributors run the gamut, from The Flaming Lips to T.I.

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Hear Brendon Urie’s song from Broadway’s SpongeBob SquarePants Musical

Entertainment Weekly

SpongeBob SquarePants bears his soul with unprecedented porousness in one of the first songs from the upcoming Broadway musical based on the gap-toothed Nickelodeon phenomenon. The stage adaptation SpongeBob SquarePants — The New Musical, which premiered to huge acclaim in Chicago last summer, is swimming toward a big opening this December at the Palace.

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“SpongeBob SquarePants” musical cast recording, with songs penned by Aerosmith members & Cyndi Lauper, due next month

ABC News Radio

The stage musical based on the irreverent Nickelodeon cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants, which features original songs by Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Cyndi Lauper and other stars, will open on Broadway in November. In advance of the show’s arrival on the Great White Way, an original cast recording will be released September 22 on CD and digitally.

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“The most improbable and most delightful of musical adaptations!SpongeBob SquarePants is effervescent
I smiled for literally every minute of it.”

- Sara Holdren, New York Magazine


- Ben Brantley, The New York Times

“AN INSPIRED BROADWAY EXTRAVAGANZA!Giddily absurd, it’s also very good, largely thanks to Tina Landau, its conceiver and director, who fills the stage with visual wit and sonic invention.”

- Michael Schulman, The New Yorker

“A PARTY FOR THE EYES AND EARS.The music is SPECTACULAR and the direction, by Tina Landau, is BRILLIANT.”

- Tim Teeman, The Daily Beast

“BOLDLY THEATRICAL! GIDDY, GOOFY FUN FOR ALL!SpongeBob SquarePants gives us all we ask of a Broadway production.”

- Marilyn Stasio, Variety

Silly, heartfelt and charming, the musical never ceases to be optimistic, fun and awash in musical delights.”

- Diane Snyder, The London Telegraph

“IT HAD ME GRINNING LIKE AN IDIOT!Cleverly staged, brilliantly choreographed, and fabulously costumed,SPONGEBOBis an eye-popping musical fantasia.”

- David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

“THIS IS SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY!Magic washes over the audience and you are swept up and captivated by this incredible visual spectacle with some real substance underneath.”

- Christian Lewis, The Huffington Post
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