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Complete cast confirmed for SpongeBob SquarePants


Wesley Taylor

Brian Ray Norris
Wesley TaylorBrian Ray Norris

Complete casting has now been announced for the Broadway premiere of SpongeBob SquarePants, which will begin previews at the Palace Theatre on November 6, 2017, ahead of an official opening on December 4.

Joining previously announced principal cast members Ethan Slater (as SpongeBob SquarePants), Lilli Cooper (as Sandy Cheeks), Danny Skinner (as Patrick) and Gavin Lee (as Squidward), will be Brian Ray Norris (as Eugene Krabs) and Wesley Taylor (as Sheldon Plankton).

The ensemble features Gaelen Gilliland, Juliane Godfrey, Kyle Matthew Hamilton, Curtis Holbrook, Stephanie Hsu, Jesse JP Johnson, Líogan Jíones, Jaiílen Josey, Kelvin Moon Loh, Lauralyn McClelland, Vasthy Mompoint, Oneika Phillips, Jon Rua, JC Schuster, Abby C. Smith, Robert Taylor Jr., Allan Washington, Brynn Williams, and Matt Wood.

SpongeBob SquarePants features a book by Kyle Jarrow and original songs provided by a host of popular artists 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 Tís, They Might Be Giants and T.I., with an additional song by David Bowie. Additional lyrics are by Jonathan Coulton.

The musical, conceived and directed by Tina Landau, staged its world premiere production at Chicago's Oriental Theatre in the summer of 2016.

Synopsis: "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 creative team behind SpongeBob SquarePants features orchestrations, arrangements & music supervision by Tom Kitt, choreography by Christopher Gattelli, scenic & costume design by David Zinn, lighting design by Kevin Adams, projection design by Peter Nigrini, sound design by Walter Trarbach, and hair & wig design by Charles G. LaPointe.

SpongeBob SquarePants is produced on Broadway by Nickelodeon with The Araca Group, Sony Music Masterworks and Kelp on the Road.

Photo by Joan Marcus
Danny Skinner, Ethan Slater & Lilli Cooper in SpongeBob SquarePants
Danny Skinner, Ethan Slater & Lilli Cooper
in SpongeBob SquarePants

"SpongeBob SquarePants," which debuted in 1999, is an American animated television series created by marine biologist and animator Stephen Hillenburg. Set in the fictional underwater city of Bikini Bottom, the series follows the adventures of the title character and his friends. A film adaptation was released in 2004, with a sequel released in America on February 6, 2015.

- by Tom Millward

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