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PHOTOS: Get a first look at the cast of “The SpongeBob Musical” in costume!

in Entertainment, Movies & TV, Television, Theater

I’m going level with you: I had no idea what to expect from The SpongeBob Musical. The truth is, I still don’t. There are some things that lend themselves smoothly to live theatre, and there are some that crash and burn with the fire of a thousand suns — I’m looking at you, Spider-Man.

But in this case, this wonderful little case, a property comes along that looks and feels true to the source material, while spreading its wings and taking on a new life in a live setting. That’s what I see from The SpongeBob Musical with these new images from Entertainment Weekly.

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Performances began on June 7 at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre before the potential move to Broadway next season. The show stars Ethan Slater as our hero who lives in a pineapple under the sea. You see, EW reports that SpongeBob takes it upon himself to save his town from the impending doom of a volcanic eruption. Naturally, he is joined on his mission by all the familiar characters from the Nickelodeon cartoon, now come to life onstage: Patrick (Danny Skinner), Sandy (Lilli Cooper), Squidward (Gavin Lee), Mr. Krabs (Carlos Lopez), and Plankton (Nick Blaemire).

And folks, they all look fantastic:

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The songs for the musical feature some incredible artists too: Aerosmith, John Legend, and Sara Bareilles to Cyndi Lauper, Lady Antebellum, T.I., and David Bowie. Yeah…Bowie. It goes without saying that a lot of love has been put into this production, and I have a very good feeling that it will pay off in spades. The show runs through July 10, and its future is up in the air!

So what you guys think? Are you ready to submerge yourselves in the world of SpongeBob in real life? Let me know what you think and the comments below and, as always, stick with ITM for everything fun!

3 Comments

  1. Tom JK

    Ugh. Enough with the SpongeBob. Something tells me the musical could be good fun, but did it have to be SpongeBob? No. It could have been a new original idea. I mean, SpongeBob has past his prime, right? Maybe I was just one of those people who didn’t mind a few episodes, but never cared for the show. Seriously. It just got so dumb. This could be a success, but not “Les Miserables” or “Phantom of the Opera” success.

  2. Jake

    I think this COULD be a hit, but I think people need to be a little but more open-minded to the concept. I mean, every one of my friends that I’ve talked to has rejected it because it is SpongeBob. But just because it’s SpongeBob (a character of hope and optimism, may I add) doesn’t mean the music can’t be phenomonal, and that the plot and emotional impact can’t be extraordinary. I think people need to see this show before they can actually make up their minds.

  3. DCC

    Saw it last night. I’m barely familiar with the TV show, but found the show very enjoyable. The SpongeBob fans seemed to love it. The production team is still working on the show but they seem to be well on their way to a big success. Fun story, delightful sets and costumes, mostly strong songs, and a strong cast. Great for an entertaining evening for anyone and a must-see for SpongeBob fans.

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