SpongeBob SquarePants

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Nickelodeon is taking a bite out of the Big Apple with the Broadway premiere of SpongeBob SquarePants, conceived and directed by Tina Landau.

After successfully staging the new musical's world premiere at Chicago's Oriental Theatre in the summer of 2016, it was a case of full speed ahead to Broadway, as the Palace Theatre in the heart of Times Square gets an underwater Bikini Bottom makeover.

Ever wondered what it would be like to be part of a living cartoon? Landau's zany, brightly-coloured production makes no apologies for immersing the audience in an eccentrically cartoonish world. The auditorium itself is decorated to convey an underwater wonderland and one of the busiest crew members is the percussionist downstage right, who is also responsibile for every sound effect from the squelching of Squidward's tentacles to the booming of Pearl Krabs (a whale), as those characters cross the stage. Every Crash! Bang! Wallop! is as over-the-top as the cartoon itself, but Landau also creates a world that is uniquely theatrical. From a bloom of jellyfish made from pink umbrellas to an underwater volcano comprised of crates of orange cardboard boxes and orange ladders, imagination has been poured into this production by the bucketload! A special mention for the huge contraptions located on either side of the proscenium that launch "falling boulders" onto the stage - inspired by the "Mouse Trap" board game and a delight for younger audience members to behold.

With so many diverse acts from the music industry contributing to the musical - from Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, and John Legend to Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At the Disco, and David Bowie - the result is perhaps one of the most eclectic scores on Broadway. Alongside classic show tunes, there are numbers that delve into the genres of Pop ("(Just A) Simple Sponge"), Rock ("Bikini Bottom Boogie"), RnB ("(I Guess I) Miss You") and even Gospel ("Super Sea Star Savior"). And at curtain call, of course, the audience is sent back out onto land with the popular theme song from the animated series. Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?... You know the one!

SpongeBob SquarePants is a great alternative destination for the young and for the young at heart, who don't take themselves or life too seriously. Tina Landau has done a superb job of idiosyncraticly adapting SpongeBob for the stage, whilst maintaining the distinctly irreverent tone of the cartoon.

The character of SpongeBob SquarePants debuted in 1999 in the popular animated television series, created by marine biologist and animator Stephen Hillenburg. "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie" was released in 2004, with a sequel entitled "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie: Sponge Out of Water" released in 2015.

(Photos by Joan Marcus)

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Running time: 
2hrs 30mins (including 1 intermission)
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About SpongeBob SquarePants:

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!

Conceived by Tina Landau, with a Book by Kyle Jarrow
Nickelodeon with The Araca Group, Sony Music Masterworks and Kelp on the Road
Tina Landau
Songs by:
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, T.I., and David Bowie
Kevin Adams
Walter Trarbach
David Zinn
Christopher Gattelli
David Zinn
Cast list:
Ethan Slater (as SpongeBob SquarePants), Gavin Lee (as Squidward), Danny Skinner (as Patrick), Christina Sajous (as Sandy Cheeks), Brian Ray Norris (as Eugene Krabs), and Wesley Taylor (as Sheldon Plankton)
Other info:
Projection Design by Peter Nigrini, Hair & Wig Design by Charles G. LaPointe, and Orchestrations, Arrangements & Music Supervision by Tom Kitt
SpongeBob SquarePants Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
November 6, 2017
Opening date: 
December 4, 2017
September 16, 2018

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

Palace Theatre

1564 Broadway (at the corner of 7th Avenue and 47th Street), New York, NY 10036
Nearest subway station:
49th Street station

Latest SpongeBob SquarePants News & Features

Lilli Cooper & Ethan Slater in SpongeBob SquarePants
SpongeBob SquarePants announces Broadway closing date
July 9, 2018

Sad news for everyone's favorite Sponge... Producers of the Broadway premiere of SpongeBob SquarePants have announced a closing date of September 16, 2018 at the Palace Theatre due to previously planned theatre renovations beginning mid-September. The good news, however, is that the Drama Desk Award-winning "Best Musical" will embark on a National Tour beginning in the fall of 2019. Upon closing, the Broadway production will have played a total of 327 regular performances and 29 previews.

Interview with SpongeBob SquarePants director Tina Landau
July 4, 2018

Tony Award nominee Tina Landau is not only credited as the director of the Broadway premiere of SpongeBob SquarePants, but also as the genius mind behind its creation and its whole raison d'être! Her innovative ideas were able to convince the big cheeses over at Nickelodeon that a Broadway musical based on perhaps their most beloved cartoon character would defy the odds and become reality.

Interview with SpongeBob SquarePants star Ethan Slater
May 15, 2018

Ethan Slater, at the mere age of 25, has been plucked from the masses and propelled into Broadway stardom. His performance as the popular title character in SpongeBob SquarePants at the Palace Theatre - Nickelodeon's first-ever Broadway musical - has earned him virtually every theatre award nomination going this season, including a Tony Award nod for "Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical" alongside seasoned veterans such as Tony Shalhoub, Joshua Henry, and UK star Harry Hadden-Paton.

Our SpongeBob SquarePants Review

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