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SpongeBob Musical Veteran Ethan Slater to Join Baghdaddy at St. Luke's

The musical comedy returns to the New York stage for a second off-Broadway engagement.

The cast of Baghdaddy, beginning performances April 6 at St. Luke's Theatre.
The cast of Baghdaddy, beginning performances April 6 at St. Luke's Theatre.
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Ethan Slater will join the cast of Baghdaddy, returning to the off-Broadway stage beginning April 6 at St. Luke's Theatre for an initial run through June 18. Slater recently starred as SpongeBob in the world premiere of the Broadway-bound SpongeBob Musical in Chicago.

Based on a screenplay by J.T. Allen, Baghdaddy (previously titled Who's Your Baghdaddy?) ran at the Actors' Temple Theatre in fall 2015, directed by Marshall Pailet with musical direction by Rona Siddiqui, orchestrations by Charlie Rosen, and choreography by Misha Shields.

Written by Pailet and A.D. Penedo, the show begins in a church basement, where disgraced spies, along with the unwitting audience, gather for a support group meeting. The action soon shifts to Frankfurt Airport, where a mysterious Iraqi defector claims he built secret Iraqi bio-weapons labs. At C.I.A. headquarters, our other characters are contending with their own ambitions, rash decisions, inflexible bosses, unrequited affections and unremitting boredom, when a fax arrives from Germany, and with it a golden opportunity. If the defector's story holds up, it will be the ticket out of the basement and into a corner office. It's all fun and games until the looming cataclysm changes everything.

Slater joins a cast that also includes Brennan Caldwell (Urinetown), Jason Collins (Signs of Life), Bob D'Haene (The Three Times She Knocked), Brandon Espinoza (Tuck Everlasting), Joe Joseph (Kiss of the Spiderwoman), Claire Neumann (Triassic Parq), and Larisa Oleynik (Mad Men, 10 Things I Hate About You).

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