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Bikini Bottom Comes to Life in SpongeBob SquarePants' Broadway Rehearsal Room

Get a sneak peek of the new musical inspired by the cartoon classic.

Lilli Cooper, Ethan Slater, and Danny Skinner (center) star as Sandy Cheeks, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Patrick Star.
(© David Gordon)

The company of the new Broadway musical SpongeBob SquarePants offered a special preview of the show inside their New 42nd Street Studios rehearsal room on October 11. The production begins performances November 6 at the Palace Theatre, with opening night set for December 4.

The cast is led by Ethan Slater as SpongeBob SquarePants, alongside Gavin Lee as Squidward Q. Tentacles, Lilli Cooper as Sandy Cheeks, Danny Skinner as Patrick Star, Brian Ray Norris as Eugene Krabs, and Wesley Taylor as Sheldon Plankton. Gaelen Gilliland, Juliane Godfrey, Kyle Matthew Hamilton, Curtis Holbrook, Stephanie Hsu, Jesse JP Johnson, L'ogan J'ones, Jai'len Josey, Kelvin Moon Loh, Lauralyn McClelland, Vasthy Mompoint, Oneika Phillips, Jon Rua, JC Schuster, Abby C. Smith, Robert Taylor Jr., Allan Washington, Brynn Williams, and Matt Wood complete the ensemble.

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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." The musical's world premiere production took place at Chicago's Oriental Theatre in June 2016.

Conceived and directed by Tina Landau, 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. The show includes a book by Kyle Jarrow, music supervision, orchestrations, and arrangements by Tom Kitt, and choreography by Christopher Gattelli.

The design team includes scenic and costume design by David Zinn, lighting design by Kevin Adams, projection design by Peter Nigrini, sound design by Walter Trarbach, and hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe.

SpongeBob SquarePants will be produced by Nickelodeon with the Araca Group, Sony Music Masterworks, and Kelp on the Road. Nickelodeon and Sony Masterworks Broadway have recorded the cast album of SpongeBob SquarePants, which will be available September 22.

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