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Peek Inside the The SpongeBob Musical's Underwater World

The cartoon-inspired production makes its world premiere in Chicago.

Danny Skinner as Patrick Star, Lilli Cooper as Sandy Cheeks, and Ethan Slater as SpongeBob SquarePants.
(© Joan Marcus)

The SpongeBob Musical, now making its world premiere at Broadway in Chicago's Oriental Theatre, will officially open its pre-Broadway engagement this Sunday, June 19.

Cooper and Slater share a scene as Sandy and SpongeBob.
(© Joan Marcus)

The SpongeBob Musical cast includes Ethan Slater as SpongeBob SquarePants, Gavin Lee as Squidward, Nick Blaemire as Plankton, Lilli Cooper as Sandy Cheeks, Carlos Lopez as Mr. Krabs, Danny Skinner as Patrick, Gaelen Gilliland, Juliane Godfrey, Curtis Holbrook, Stephanie Hsu, Jesse JP Johnson, L'ogan J'ones, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Mark Ledbetter, Kelvin Moon Loh, Lauralyn McClelland, Vasthy Mompoint, JC Schuster, Allysa Shorte, Jacob Smith, Abby C. Smith, Jason Michael Snow, and Allan K. Washington.

Gavin Lee plays Squidward Tentacles in The SpongeBob Musical.
(© Joan Marcus)

Co-conceived and directed by Tina Landau, the musical features a book by Kyle Jarrow, orchestrations, arrangements, and music supervision by Tom Kitt, and choreography by Christopher Gattelli.

SpongeBob (Ethan Slater) sings to his friends Patrick and Sandy (Danny Skinner and Lilli Cooper).
(© Joan Marcus)

The score includes original songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton (who also provides additional lyrics), Dirty Projectors, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T's, They Might Be Giants and T.I., and a song by David Bowie.

The SpongeBob Musical opens June 19 at the Oriental Theatre.
(© Joan Marcus)

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