Tony Nomination Spotlight – SpongeBob SquarePants

SpongeBob SquarePants

SpongeBob SquarePants

Twelve 2018 Tony Award Nominations:

Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Ethan Slater), Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Gavin Lee), Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Best Costume Design of a Musical, Best Lighting Design of a Musical, Best Sound Design of a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Choreography, Best Orchestrations.

Spongebob to the Rescue:

Based on the hit Nickelodeon cartoon series, a new musical that follows SpongeBob SquarePants and the denizens of Bikini Bottom as they rally to save their undersea world from total annihilation from an eruption of a volcano named Mount Humongous.

From the Producers:

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!

From Sponge to Broadway Star:

The animated TV series SpongeBob SquarePants was originally created by marine biologist and animator Stephen Hillenburg for Nickelodeon. The series chronicles the adventures and endeavors of the title character and his various friends in the fictional underwater city of Bikini Bottom. The popularity of the series has made it the highest rated series to ever air on Nickelodeon. In 2015, Nickelodeon announced that a stage adaptation of the series (originally titled The SpongeBob Musical) would premiere in Chicago before a Broadway run in late 2016, which would make it the second SpongeBob live show following the musical adaptation of The Sponge Who Could FlySpongeBob SquarePants made its world premiere in June 2016 at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago, followed by its Broadway premiere at the Palace Theatre on December 4, 2017.

Cast & Creatives:

SpongeBob SquarePants is  co-conceived and directed by Tony nominee Tina Landau. The musical features a book by Kyle Jarrow and a score from an impressive roster of pop and rock hit-makers, including Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alexander Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants and T.I., and a song by the late David Bowie and by Tom Kenny and Andy Paley. Reprising their roles from the musical’s Chicago premiere are Broadway newcomers Ethan Slater as SpongeBob and Danny Skinner as Patrick Star, as well as Gavin Lee as Squidward Q. Tentacles, Lilli Cooper as Sandy Cheeks, Wesley Taylor as the maniacal-yet-microscopic Sheldon Plankton, and Brian Ray Norris in his Broadway debut as Krusty Krab owner Eugene Krabs.

Reviews:

Time Out New York – “A joy… the show is unabashedly committed to imagination and dorky enthusiasm. The wonders of Landau’s production pour from the stage in a ravishing stream of color and invention that sucks you into its merry, silly currents.”

Variety – “Psychedelically inspired…Landau’s hallucinogenic stagecraft transcends the show’s television origins by speaking a visual language that’s three-dimensional and boldly theatrical.”

New York Times – “If you’re a SpongeBob virgin you will only short-circuit if you try to make scientific sense of this water wonderland. Instead, tune out until the next amazing set piece, and then gape at the ingenious reconfigurations of objects like packing crates and parasols.”

New York Magazine – “Delightful…under the joyfully maximalist hand of Landau, Bikini Bottom gets the more-is-more-is-more-is-more treatment – with a DIY twist that’s both endlessly charming and integral to the production’s spirit.”

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