SpongeBob SquarePants 2017

Run Time:
Two hours and 20 minutes, with one intermission
Ages: 5+
Opened: December 4, 2017
Closing: September 16, 2018

SpongeBob SquarePants - 2017 - Broadway History , Info & More

Palace Theatre (Broadway)
1564 Broadway New York, NY

A legendary roster of Grammy Award winners. A visionary director and a Tony Award-winning design team. One of the world's most beloved characters. Turn them loose on Broadway and what do you get? The musical The New York Times declares, "BRILLIANT!"

"Wonders pour from the stage in a ravishing stream of color and invention" (Time Out New York) as Broadway's best creative minds reimagine and bring to life the beloved Nickelodeon series with humor, heart and pure theatricality in "a party for the eyes and ears" (Daily Beast). Be there when SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face catastrophe - until a most unexpected hero rises to take center stage. The New York Times hails Ethan Slater's performance as our uber-absorbent champion, "a once-in- a-lifetime match of actor and character." Get ready to explore the depths of theatrical innovation in SpongeBob SquarePants, a "Broadway Extravaganza" (The New Yorker), where the power of optimism really can save the world.

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SpongeBob SquarePants brings Bikini Bottom to Broadway: EW review
7 / 10

f that sounds like a lot... it is. A head-spinningly packed Act I spends far too long setting up these various threads, and keeping track of everything while taking in the wildly detailed and immersive set is quite a feat. Act II is much smoother, and features some of the show's highlights, like Squidward's gorgeous tap number (backed by a chorus line of anemones), and Sandy and SpongeBob's impressively gymnastic climb to the top of that volcano.

SpongeBob SquarePants
8 / 10

Are you ready? The splashy new Broadway musical SpongeBob SquarePants, whose arrival was greeted in some circles with sneers of anticipatory derision, turns out to be a joy. Like its irrepressible yellow hero, played by the peppy and limber-limbed Ethan Slater, the show is unabashedly committed to imagination and dorky enthusiasm. As SpongeBob and his squirrel friend, Sandy (Lilli Cooper), labor to save their undersea town-the cheekily named Bikini Bottom-from a local volcano, the wonders of Tina Landau's production pour from the stage in a ravishing stream of color and invention that sucks you into its merry, silly currents.

Bid Now On 2 Tickets to SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS Plus a Backstage Tour
by Stephi Wild - September 2, 2018

You and a guest will receive two tickets to SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical plus an exclusive backstage tour.

Bye, Bye, Bikini Bottom! SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS Takes Final Broadway Bow Today
by Nicole Rosky - September 16, 2018

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical will conclude its Broadway engagement at the Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway at West 47th Street) today, September 16, 2018, due to previously planned theatre renovations beginning mid-September.

Backstage Bite with Katie Lynch: SPONGEBOB's Ethan Slater Gets Cookin' with Pineapple!
by Nicole Rosky - August 21, 2018

In Backstage Bite with Katie Lynch, come into Katie's kitchen with some of Broadway's brightest as they eat, drink and merrily mix it up. See your favorite stars out of their element as they whip up dishes inspired by their Broadway show. Watch what happens when these actors trade belting for baking!

Christina Sajous Will Take Over as 'Sandy Cheeks' in SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS Later This Month
by Nicole Rosky - July 10, 2018

BroadwayWorld has just learned that SpongeBob SquarePants will get a new furry friend before the show takes its final Broadway bow. 

SPONGEBOB Will Close On Broadway This Fall
by Alan Henry - July 8, 2018

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical, the critically acclaimed, award-winning new musical will conclude its Broadway engagement at the Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway at West 47th Street) on Sunday, September 16, 2018, due to previously planned theatre renovations beginning mid-September. Early in 2019, school and youth group licensing rights will be available, with professional licensing to follow. Additionally, a North American tour will begin fall 2019 (cities, venue engagements and casting to be announced at a later date). The production, which began previews on November 6, 2017, and opened on December 4, 2017, will have played 327 regular performances and 29 previews.

Bid Now on 2 VIP Tickets to SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS on Broadway Including an Exclusive Backstage Tour
by Stephi Wild - July 3, 2018

You and a guest will enjoy VIP house seats to SpongeBob SquarePants on Broadway.

The Flaming Lips Release Their Tony-Nominated Track 'TOMORROW IS' From SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS the Musical
by Macon Prickett - June 15, 2018

Thirty-five years into one of rock's wildest, weirdest, and most wonderful legacies, The Flaming Lips enjoy yet another career first in 2018. Though The Tony Awardsmay be over, the multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning Oklahoma band are honored to have received their first-ever Tony® Award nomination in the category of 'Best Original Score' for their original composition  'Tomorrow Is' from SpongeBob Squarepants: The Broadway Musical.

VIDEO: SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANT's Foley Artist Mike Dobson Entertained the Tony Awards Crowd
by Stage Tube - June 11, 2018

One of the unsung heroes of SpongeBob SquarePants' success on Broadway is the show's foley artist Mike Dobson. Providing whimsical sound effects to the zany action in Bikini Bottom, Dobson helps transport the audience at the Palace Theatre to the incredible world created by Tina Landau and her team.

VIDEO: Watch Tony Nominee Ethan Slater & the Cast of SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS Perform '(Just A) Simple Sponge' on THE VIEW!
by Macon Prickett - June 5, 2018

Watch Ethan Slater and the cast of SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS THE MUSICAL bring it in a live performance of '(Just A) Simple Sponge' on The View! Check out the appearance below!

DANCE CAPTAIN DANCE ATTACK: Ben Heads to Bikini Bottom with SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS' Juliane Godfrey!
by Nicole Rosky - June 1, 2018

In the episode below, Ben heads to Bikini Bottom to try out the Tony-nominated choreography from SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, with the help of Juliane Godfrey. Can you keep up?

WATCH NOW! Zooming in on the Tony Nominees: Tom Kitt
by Nicole Rosky - June 8, 2018

Watch below as Tom tells us all about want this nomination means to him, how he's preparing for the Tonys, and so much more!

WATCH NOW! Zooming in on the Tony Nominees: Tina Landau
by Nicole Rosky - May 17, 2018

Watch below as Tina tells us all about want this nomination means to her, how she's preparing for the Tonys, and so much more!

WATCH NOW! Zooming in on the Tony Nominees: Ethan Slater
by Nicole Rosky - May 8, 2018

Watch below as Ethan Slater tells us all about want this nomination means to him, how he's preparing for the Tonys, and so much more!

VIDEO: Hero Is His Middle Name! Watch the Cast of SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS Bring Bikini Bottom to TODAY SHOW
by Tori Hartshorn - May 4, 2018

Rounding out Today's Best of Broadway week, the 12 time Tony nominated cast of SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS THE MUSICAL bring it in a live performance of HERO IS MY MIDDLE NAME. Check out the appearance below!

SPONGEBOB on Broadway Cast And Creative React To Their Tony Award Nominations
by Alan Henry - May 1, 2018

BroadwayWorld has been checking in with Tony Award nominees all morning! We caught up with the nominated cast and creative from SpongeBob Squarepants on Broadway to get their first reactions at being up for Tony Awards this season.

VIDEO: The Cast of SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS Parodies ANNIE at Easter Bonnet Competition
by Stephi Wild - April 30, 2018

At the 32nd Annual Easter Bonnet Competition last week, the cast of SpongeBob SquarePants performed a rendition of Annie's 'NYC' led by Spongebob himself, Ethan Slater, as the perky red-headed orphan. Watch the performance below!

VIDEO: He's a Contender and More! Watch Ethan Slater Record '(Just A) Simple Sponge' from SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS
by Nicole Rosky - April 19, 2018

No, he's not a simple Sponge! Watch below as Ethan Slater, who plays the title character in SpongeBob Squarepants on Broadway, records his Act 1 anthem, '(Just A) Simple Sponge.'

'Broadwaysted' Welcomes Broadway Power Couple, GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE's Lauren Worsham and SPONGEBOB's Kyle Jarrow
by Broadwaysted - April 12, 2018

On this episode we are having the 'Best Day Ever' because we're sitting down with one of Broadway's Power Couples: the incredibly talented, Tony-nominated Lauren Worsham and the Bookwriter of SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS on Broadway, Kyle Jarrow!

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SpongeBob SquarePants has had 3 productions including Chicago which opened in 2016, Broadway which opened in 2017 and West End which opened in 2023.
SpongeBob SquarePants has been nominated for several Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical for Kyle Jarrow, Best Choreography for Christopher Gattelli, Best Costume Design of a Musical for David Zinn, Best Direction of a Musical for Tina Landau, Best Lighting Design of a Musical for Kevin Adams, Best Orchestrations for Tom Kitt, Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Yolanda Adams, Best Scenic Design of a Musical for David Zinn, and Best Sound Design of a Musical for Walter Trarbach.
SpongeBob SquarePants has won the following Tony Awards: Best Book of a Musical for Kyle Jarrow, Best Choreography for Christopher Gattelli, Best Costume Design of a Musical for David Zinn, Best Direction of a Musical for Tina Landau, Best Lighting Design of a Musical for Kevin Adams, Best Orchestrations for Tom Kitt, Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Yolanda Adams, Best Scenic Design of a Musical for David Zinn, and Best Sound Design of a Musical for Walter Trarbach.
SpongeBob SquarePants has been nominated for several awards, including Outstanding Book of a Musical, Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical, Outstanding Director of a Musical, Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Orchestrations, Outstanding Projection Design, Outstanding Set Design for a Musical, Outstanding Wig and Hair, The LaDuca Award for Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Choreographer, Outstanding New Score, Outstanding Lighting Design, Outstanding New Broadway Musical, and Outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway Debut Performance. The nominations were for various prestigious awards such as the Drama Desk Awards, Outer Critics Circle Awards, and Theatre World Awards. Notable nominees include Kyle Jarrow, David Zinn, Tina Landau, Tom Kitt, Peter Nigrini, Charles G. LaPointe, Christopher Gattelli, Kevin Adams, and Yolanda Adams. Ethan Slater was recognized for Outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway Debut Performance.
SpongeBob SquarePants has won several awards, including Outstanding Book of a Musical, Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical, Outstanding Director of a Musical, Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Orchestrations, Outstanding Projection Design, Outstanding Set Design for a Musical, Outstanding Wig and Hair, The LaDuca Award for Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Choreographer, Outstanding Costume Design, Outstanding Director of a Musical, Outstanding Lighting Design, Outstanding New Broadway Musical, Outstanding New Score, Outstanding Orchestrations, Outstanding Set Design, and Outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway Debut Performance. The winners include Kyle Jarrow, David Zinn, Tina Landau, Tom Kitt, Peter Nigrini, Charles G. LaPointe, Christopher Gattelli, Kevin Adams, Yolanda Adams, and Ethan Slater.

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