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The Spongebob Musical - 2016 - Chicago


A legendary roster of Grammy Award winners. A visionary director and Tony Award-winning design team. One of the world’s most beloved and unforgettable characters. Turn them all loose on Broadway and what do you get?

Acclaimed Steppenwolf director Tina Landau and the groundbreaking designers behind Fun Home, Hedwig, and Spring Awakening have brilliantly reimagined Bikini Bottom for the Broadway stage, bringing the spirit of SpongeBob to life with humanity, heart, and pure theatricality. With an original score from some of the biggest names in

pop and rock, THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL explodes with energy.

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.


Nederlander Theater- Ford Center for the Performing Arts

(Chicago, IL)
24 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL


by Stephi Wild - Sep 30, 2020
Today's top stories: The Spongebob Musical comes to DVD in November, Kristin Chenoweth joins the cast of The Witches film, Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square premieres in November, and more!
by TV News Desk - Sep 29, 2020
SpongeBob SquarePants and all of Bikini Bottom bring a party full of heart and humor in The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage!, arriving on DVD November 3, 2020 from Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2020
Every Saturday at 5pm EST from October 3rd - October 31st the new thought-provoking series RED PILLING OF AMERICA, hosted by TV and Broadway Star Ciara Renée, will be discussing democracy, American politics and our current socio-economic climate through the lens of Tonya Pinkins' new socio-political horror film, RED PILL. 
by Stephi Wild - Oct 7, 2020
This week's list includes new music from Josh Groban and Broadway songs from Seth MacFarlane. In addition, The SpongeBob Musical is coming to DVD, and the lyrics of Hadestown are now available!
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Oct 21, 2020
'The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage!' is coming to DVD on November 3rd!
by Student Blogger: Izzy Betz - Oct 14, 2020
I am here with my first BWW Blog Post to share with you all the best theatrical/musical content available right at your fingertips! 
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2020
In this time of social distancing and remaining responsibly indoors, we are all looking for ways to brighten our days and get moving any way we can! In the spirit of celebrating theater and providing motivation to get up and get shakin', we're taking a look back and paying tribute to some of the greatest dance numbers in musical theater history!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2020
The SpongeBob Musical announced via Instagram that the North American tour will be closing due to the current health crisis.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2020
Producers Jeremy Wein and Mirirai Sithole have launched a new live-streaming theater initiative called Play-PerView!
by Stage Tube - Mar 23, 2020
Groundhog Day & The SpongeBob Musical's Jordan Grubb has shared his Les Miserables parody video entitled 'One Day More - A Quarantined Musical.'
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2020
The producers of the North American Tour of THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL announced today that the tour has closed due to the COVID-19 crisis.  The Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC)'s engagement of THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL, originally scheduled to perform at PPAC May 12 a?" 17, 2020, has been cancelled.
by Gil Kaan - Mar 2, 2020
The national tour of THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL lands at the Dolby Theatre for its Los Angeles premiere March 24, 2020. This 50+-city tour brings the fun, colorful, inspirational tale of SpongeBob Squarepants and his fellow townsfolk of Bikini Bottom. The effervescent Méami Maszewski, who performs the role of Pearl Krabs, graciously made time to chat with me during her couple of days off between performances in San Francisco and Idaho Fall.  
by Student Blogger: Caroline Conard - Jul 7, 2020
I am just a woman who loves Tangled more than life itself, but the point of this platform is to share what I, as a college theatre major am interested in and passionate about, which is Tangled.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2020
Work with cast members from these Broadway shows and more! Wicked, SpongeBob SquarePants: The SpongeBob Musical, Come From Away: A New Musical, Hamilton, Jagged Little Pill: Our New Musical, Mean Girls
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2020
Award winning musical theater writers Richard Allen and Taran Gray have announced they will be premiering four of their new original musicals virtually to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) and Broadway for Racial Justice (BFRJ).
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2020
The Muny announced today the directors, choreographers and music directors for its 2020 season, which opens June 15 with Kander and Ebb's internationally-acclaimed Chicago. Among the talented list are a mix of Muny favorites and newcomers. In addition to casting, a comprehensive list of design teams for each production will be released later this spring. Telsey + Company is the official casting partner for Muny.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2020
The North American Tour of THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL will make its Las Vegas premiere at The Smith Center in Las Vegas Feb. 4-9. Tickets starting at $30 are on sale now and are available at, in-person at The Smith Center box office, or by calling 702.749.2000.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2020
It's the best day ever because we're getting a look behind the scenes of The Spongebob Musical's national tour thanks to the show's foley artist, Mike Dobson! Head to Bikini Bottom by checking out the video and seeing how Mike helps bring Spongebob, Patrick, Sandy, and more to life eight times a week!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2020
The new musical Almost Famous has posted an audition notice announcing a run at a Broadway theatre next fall! According to the listing, previews are set for October 2020 and the production will open in November 2020. 
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2020
Get the scoop on The Spongebob Musical stopping at the Buell Theatre this March!
by Kathy Strain - Jan 25, 2020
If you don't know a?oewho lives in a pineapple under the sea,a?? then you must be living under a rock. No matter who you are or how old you are, the cartoon a?oeSpongeBob SquarePantsa?? has something to entertain you and teach you what friends are all about. When it was announced that the beloved cartoon would be made into a Broadway show, many were not surprised. What was surprising was the manner in which the creators went about constructing THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL. Director Tina Landau decided early on that she would use book writer Kyle Jarrow for creating the best storyline and it was the best storyline.
by Kathy Strain - Jan 23, 2020
THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL seems to be the kind of show that many people might consider a show for children. But, in looking further, you can see that THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL is a great show for all ages. So much fun packed into a short period of time. The message will warm your heart. The music will surprise and entertain you. The songwriters for this fun musical include John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Cyndi Lauper, and Jonathan Coulton. BroadwayWorld recently caught up actor Beau Bradshaw who is happily enjoying playing the part of Patrick. Bradshaw and the entire company of THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL will be playing two days at the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 2, 2020
It's the best day ever because you can sing your heart out with a not-so-simple sponge this Saturday, January 4th, with a special sing-along broadcast of The SpongeBob Musical: Live On Stage! on Nickelodeon. Get ready for the show with a sneak peek at Ethan Slater and all of the citizens of Bikini Bottom performing 'Best Day Ever'! Check it out with the clip!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2020
Classic Stage Company (CSC; Artistic Director, John Doyle) has announced that Ethan Slater will join their John Doyle-directed upcoming production of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's Assassins, as Lee Harvey Oswald/The Balladeer.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2020
Theatre fans need not travel all the way to New York City to get a taste of Broadway. Though the Big Apple boasts perhaps the freshest productions and greatest talents in the world, many of the most successful shows on Broadway will eventually hit the road- bringing and equally magical (though sometimes slightly updated) version of their production to cities across the country.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2020
The Tony® Award-winning Alley Theatre and Artistic Director Rob Melrose has just announced five productions as a part of the 74th season. Subscription renewals for the 2020-21 Alley Theatre season are on sale now. New subscriptions will be on sale May 18, 2020 at
by Zac Thriffiley - Feb 21, 2020
Everyone's favorite invertebrate has surfed into the metroplex in the form of THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL, bringing a tidal wave of imagination and talent in its wake. The Broadway hit runs through February 23 at Fort Worth's Bass Performance Hall.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2020
Performing Arts Fort Worth has announced Nickelodeon's THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL will host a digital ticket lottery for select performances at Bass Performance Hall. Fans will have the chance to purchase a limited number of $25 tickets for the February 20-23 performances.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2020
FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, will present Dot-Marie Jones (Glee, Rock of Ages) in 'WEIRD! THE MUSICAL IN CONCERT!' for one night only on March 22, 2020 at 9:30pm. Weird! The Musical is a new original musical based on the popular books, The Weird Series by Erin Frankel & Paula Heaphy, which tells one story of bullying from three different female perspectives, one who is being bullied, a bystander, and the one using bullying behavior.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2020
Previously announced, Leg Up On Life's NIGHT OF LIFE benefiting The Trevor Project will return to Sony Hall Monday, February 24th, 2020. The explosive arts performance party is back with a stacked line up containing some of the most enticing Choreographers, Musicians, and Drag Queens to be found in New York all coming together to raise money for The Trevor Project.
by Alan Henry - Dec 9, 2019
This past Saturday was the best day ever because Nickelodeon aired The Spongebob Musical: Live on Stage, a filmed version of the Broadway musical, which reunited members of the original cast. Now that we've all had a sufficient amount of time to recover from the excitement of the big night, we're sure you have opinions to share on social media, and we've got all the best Bikini Bottom moments from Saturday night for you to upgrade your tweets! Check out all the gifs!
by Stephi Wild - Dec 9, 2019
Today's top stories: The Spongebob Musical: Live on Stage is available to purchase on Amazon Prime Video, and more!
by Stephi Wild - Dec 26, 2019
Good morning, BroadwayWorld! We hope everyone who celebrates had a great Christmas, full of family, friends, and love.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 24, 2019
Ethan Slater just made everyone's holidays a little brighter! The Tony nominee, best known for playing SpongeBob SquarePants in The SpongeBob Musical, took to Instagram to post his cover of (Just a) Simple Sponge.
by Isabella Perrone - Dec 18, 2019
Who lives in a pineapple on a big stage? THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL, presented by TO Live and NETworks Presentations, seems more than ready to make its Toronto premiere with a perfectly-cast ensemble, imaginative sets and costumes, and enough optimism to rival the yellow sponge himself.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2019
THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL is currently on the road with engagements in Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto and more. Let's see what the critics have to say!
by Linnae Medeiros - Dec 17, 2019
We asked, and you answered! With the decade coming to a close, we asked BroadwayWorld readers to name the standout Broadway performances that they think were the best of the 2010s. Now we've compiled some of the most popular answers for you to enjoy, including ones from fan favorite shows like Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton, Newsies, and more. Take a trip down memory lane by checking it all out!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2019
The ratings are in for The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage! on Nickelodeon!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2020
Every Thursday at 3pm from September 10th - October 31st, Tony award-winning actress Tonya Pinkins and TV & Broadway star Ciara Renée will come together for exclusive, one-on-one conversations with new guest stars each week when Pinkins' puts a horror-fying lens on the upcoming election with her film RED PILL.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2020
Producer Ricky Kirshner and director Glenn Weiss, the team behind the Tony Awards, recently chatted with Variety about creating the 2020 Democratic National Convention.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2020
The Alley Theatre has announced its 74th season for 2020-21, which includes the previously announced Clue, the world premiere of Duncan Sheik's new show, Noir, and more!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2020
This afternoon (2pm) STARS IN THE HOUSE had a special reunion episode with the cast of the SPONGEBOB MUSICAL. Tina Landau, Wesley Taylor, Lilli Cooper, Danny Skinner, Gavin Lee, and Ethan Slater shared memories from their time with the show.
by BWW Prompts - Apr 21, 2020
We want to hear from you! We're starting #BwayWorldPrompts, where each day we'll be asking our readers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram questions to spark some theater conversation.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2020
Pittsburgh CLO Executive Producer & CEO Van Kaplan announced that due to the uncertainties and risks related to the ongoing health crisis, in addition to previously announced postponements of shows at the CLO Cabaret, the organization will not go forward with its 2020 Summer Season of musicals. '
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2020
Concord Theatricals has secured exclusive worldwide licensing rights to Nickelodeon's award-winning Broadway hit The SpongeBob Musical.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2020
Concord Music Publishing has signed an exclusive worldwide administration agreement with composer-lyricist Tom Kitt. The new deal, effective immediately, covers his full music publishing catalog and future works.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2020
Broadway might be dark this month, but that doesn't mean that theatre isn't happening everywhere! Below, check out where you can get your daily fix of Broadway today, April 10, 2020.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2020
Nickelodeon is treating fans to a special Instagram Live tonight on the @SpongeBob Instagram account featuring The SpongeBob Musical: Live On Stage! cast members answering questions and competing in trivia challenges at 6:15 p.m. ET.