The SpongeBob Squarepants Musical is officially headed to Broadway.
The new nautical musical, based on the Nickelodeon animated series, will begin previews at the Palace Theatre on 6th November ahead of an opening night on 4th December, just in time for the holiday season. It hits Broadway after its world premiere at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre last year.
Co-conceived and directed by Tina Landau, The SpongeBob Musical includes original music by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Yolanda Adams, Sara Bareilles, 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., with an additional song by David Bowie and additional lyrics by Jonathan Coulton. It features a book by Kyle Jarrow, and music supervision by Tom Kitt.
In The SpongeBob Musical, stakes are higher than ever before as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. The cast includes Ethan Slater as SpongeBob SquarePants, Gavin Lee as Squidward, Lilli Cooper as Sandy Cheeks, and Danny Skinner as Patrick.
The move to the stage is just another frontier for the television series, which premiered in 1999 and has been the most-watched animated programme for kids for more than 15 consecutive years. It is also the most widely distributed property in Viacom history, watched in over 208 countries and translated into more than 50 languages. Its two feature films, 2004’s The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie and 2015’s The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, grossed $140 million and $311 million worldwide, respectively. A third film is set to be released in 2019.