Yes. The loud, obnoxious yet clever cartoon your parents hated will be taking on Broadway. A stage adaptation of the beloved undersea characters Spongebob Squarepants, Patrick Star and Sandy Cheeks (not to mention Squidward, Mr. Crabs and Plankton…) is set to start previews in fall 2017. Based on the Nickelodeon cartoon, Spongebob Squarepants will premiere on Broadway in the 2018 season. According to the official website, “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.”
Despite the unusual basis of this Broadway show, it seems to have garnered a rather impressive list of musician-written original songs, including songs written by Steven Tyler, Sara Bareilles, John Legend and even one written by David Bowie. ” As for SpongeBob, the musical will feature songs from a mixture of classic and contemporary artists, including Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of the band Aerosmith, Tony winner Cyndi Lauper (Kinky Boots), They Might Be Giants, Jonathan Coulton, Dirty Projectors, The Flaming Lips, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s and T.I., with an additional song by David Bowie and additional lyrics by Jonathan Coulton,” says Playbill.com. The show’s site boasts 16 famous songwriters contributing to Spongebob Squarepants. Additionally, the Bikini Bottom-set musical features choreography by Christopher Gattelli, a Tony Award winning choreographer for the Disney musical Newsies.
After an initial run in Chicago, Spongebob Squarepants will preview at the Palace Theater on November 6, and officially open on December 4. For more information, visit the show’s website here!