SpongeBob SquarePants – The Broadway Musical: Can A Sponge Really Be Sexy?!?2 min read

SpongeBob SquarePants The Broadway Musical for Everyone

SpongeBob SquarePants – The Broadway Musical: Can A Sponge Really Be Sexy?!?

By Ross
SpongeBob SquarePants The Broadway Musical for EveryoneWow. Who would have thunk it? That a musical based on a children’s animated television show, centered on a live square sponge living on the ocean floor would turn out to be such silly and magnificent fun. It’s difficult to imagine. Only the optimistic lead sponge that goes by the name of SpongeBob SquarePants would and could foresee such a thing. But fun and smart and festive and joyful it is. In spades. And that’s not even the half of it.
There is so much more than what meets the eye, and a lot meets the eye when entering the Palace Theatre on Broadway.  It’s a colorful spectacle that feels intoxicating and exciting before the show even begins. This is all thanks to the impossibly interesting work by set and costumer designer, David Zinn (Fun HomeTorch Song), projection designer, Peter Nigrini (Dear Evan Hansen), sound, Walter Trarbach (Doctor Zhivago), and lighting designer, Kevin Adams (Hedwig and The Angry Inch). All lead by the team captain extraordinaire, director Tina Landau (Signature’s Old Hats) who steered far away from theme park visuals and dynamics to find a place uniquely SpongeBob, and I’m sure the producers are all breathing one big sigh of relief.
SpongeBob SquarePants The Broadway Musical for Everyone
In the lead, Ethan Slater (DTC’s Diner, 59E59’s PEMBAS) making his Broadway debut, gives about the best performance of a sponge that one could hope for. He’s solidly spongey, in a way that is beyond description, thoroughly engaging and wondrously talented. His voice is super strong and his stage presence is undeniable. He’s the sexiest and most appealing non-human musical theater character that I’ve ever encountered. If this doesn’t nab him a Tony nomination, I’m not sure what will, but I doubt he needs to worry.
As his best friends and neighbors in the underwater village of Bikini Bottom, Danny Skinner (Araca Project’s Pluck the Day, Broadway debut) is an absolutely brilliant Patrick Star and as Sandy Cheeks, the only land mammal to stand with SquareBob, the irresistible Lilli Cooper (OBC’s Spring Awakening) shines. It’s a strong team of friends and that musical moral, most beautifully and hilariously set forth in two rousing numbers, “BFF” (written by ‘Plain White T’s’ and “Hero Is My Middle Name” (written by Cyndi Lauper & Rob Hyman), is strongly stated throughout. These are the kind of friends who I’d love to have my back, and I’m not particular fond of shell fish. (for the full review, click here)
SpongeBob SquarePants The Broadway Musical for Everyone
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