The SpongeBob Musical: Live On Stage!, a musical based on everyone’s favorite cartoon sponge, made a splash on Broadway a few seasons back. For those who didn’t get to Broadway to experience the joys of Bikini Bottom, you can soon rectify that situation. The SpongeBob Musical: Live On Stage! will air on the Nickelodeon network this December! (Dates and times will be announced in the near future).
Rob Bagshaw, Executive Vice President of Nickelodeon Live Action Unscripted and Live Events, said, “What better way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of SpongeBob SquarePants than to bring this wildly imaginative Broadway musical to Nickelodeon for a wider audience. We could not be more excited that fans and families of all ages will now have the opportunity to experience live actors portraying these beloved characters in a whole new way with The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage!”
Members of the original Broadway cast will be on hand, with Tony nominees Ethan Slater and Gavin Lee recreating their roles as SpongeBob SquarePants as Squidward Q. Tentacles, respectively. Also in the cast will be Danny Skinner as Patrick Star, Brian Ray Norris as Eugene Krabs, Wesley Taylor as Sheldon Plankton, and Christina Sajous as Sandy Cheeks. The ensemble will include Kyle Matthew Hamilton, Katie Lee Hill, Curtis Holbrook, L’ogan J’ones, Jai’len Josey, Kelvin Moon Loh, Lauralyn McClelland, Vasthy Mompoint, Bryonha Parham, Oneika Phillips, Jon Rua, JC Schuster, Abby C. Smith, Robert Taylor Jr., Allan Washington.
Tina Landau, who directed the Broadway production, offered: “I’m so thrilled to be able to revisit the show in a new light and with our original cast members. The whole creative and I are excited to go back into the world of Bikini Bottom and discover its new life in TV broadcast form. But above all, I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to share the joy and spirit of our show with a wider audience. That’s what matters most to me – the joy.”
The SpongeBob Musical: Live On Stage! features a book by Kyle Jarrow, orchestrations, arrangements & music supervision by Tom Kitt, with choreography by Christopher Gattelli, produced for television by Austin Shaw with television direction by Glenn Weiss. The musical’s score is written by a parade of superstars from the world of popular music including Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At The Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants and T.I. (Clifford Harris, Jr.) Domani Harris and Darwin Quinn and a song by David Bowie and by Tom Kenny and Andy Paley. Additional lyrics are by Jonathan Coulton, and additional music is composed by Tom Kitt.
The design team for the television incarnation includes scenic and costume design by David Zinn, lighting design by Kevin Adams, projection design by Peter Nigrini, and sound design by Walter Trarbach.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. His forthcoming book, Sitcommentary: The Television Comedies That Changed America, will hit the shelves in October, 2019. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.
Last updated and effective as of January 14, 2019
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