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SpongeBob SquarePants Is Not a Simple Sponge, and Here's Why

Director Tina Landau and her collaborators explain how SpongeBob became one of Broadway's biggest contenders.

SpongeBob SquarePants has been one of the biggest surprises of the Broadway season, running away with 12 Tony nominations. So what made a kids' cartoon worthy of so many artistic accolades? We asked a few of the nominated members of the cast and creative team, and they offered some hints about what's inside the special sauce that's brewing at the Palace Theatre.