BFFs Danny Skinner (Patrick) and Ethan Slater (SpongeBob) give a thumbs up.
B.F.F.s Danny Skinner (Patrick) and Ethan Slater (SpongeBob) give a thumbs up.
(© Joan Marcus)

The new SpongeBob SquarePants musical opens tonight at Broadway's Palace Theatre. Conceived and directed by Tina Landau, the show includes a book by Kyle Jarrow, music supervision, orchestrations, and arrangements by Tom Kitt, and choreography by Christopher Gattelli.

SpongeBop SquarePants, direted by Tina Landau, plays Broadway's Palace Theatre.
SpongeBob SquarePants, directed by Tina Landau, plays at Broadway's Palace Theatre.
(© Joan Marcus)

SpongeBob SquarePants features original songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alexander Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, the Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! at the Disco, Plain White T's, They Might Be Giants, T.I., and songs by David Bowie, Tom Kenny, and Andy Paley. Coulton also contributes additional lyrics.

Wesley Taylor takes center stage as Sheldon Plankton.
Wesley Taylor takes center stage as Sheldon Plankton.
(© Joan Marcus)

Based on the popular Nickelodeon cartoon, the production is described as follows: "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."

Gavin Lee stars as Squidward Q. Tentacles.
Gavin Lee stars as Squidward Q. Tentacles.
(© Joan Marcus)

The cast includes Ethan Slater as SpongeBob SquarePants, Gavin Lee as Squidward Q. Tentacles, Lilli Cooper as Sandy Cheeks, and Danny Skinner as Patrick Star, all of whom will reprise the roles they originated in the musical's world premiere production at Chicago's Oriental Theatre in June 2016. The ensemble also includes Brian Ray Norris as Eugene Krabs and Wesley Taylor as Sheldon Plankton. The ensemble will include Gaelen Gilliland, Juliane Godfrey, Kyle Matthew Hamilton, Curtis Holbrook, Stephanie Hsu, Jesse J.P. Johnson, L'ogan J'ones, Jai'len Josey, Kelvin Moon Loh, Lauralyn McClelland, Vasthy Mompoint, Oneika Phillips, Jon Rua, J.C. Schuster, Abby C. Smith, Robert Taylor Jr., Allan Washington, Brynn Williams, and Matt Wood.

Lilli Cooper and Ethan Slater share a scene.
Lilli Cooper and Ethan Slater share a scene.
(© Joan Marcus)

For tickets and more information, click here.