Thursday, February 28, 2019

'The SpongeBob Musical' to Visit Boston, MA in October 2019

Are you ready kids? Nickelodeon's Tony-winning Broadway musical SpongeBob SquarePants is going on tour!


The multi-award winning SpongeBob SquarePants Musical has announced its next National Tour stop - Boston! This further confirms previously announced plans for a tour of the U.S. during the 2019/2020 season.

The The SpongeBob Musical will be stopping at the Boch Center Wang Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts, where it'll play 16 performances between Tuesday, October 15 – Sunday, November 27, 2019 as part of the Boch Center's upcoming 2019-2020 Broadway and family show lineup at the Wang and Shubert Theatres!

Tickets to see the SpongeBob SquarePants Musical at the Boch Center Wang Theatre will go on sale to the general public on Sunday, March 3 at 10:00AM, and will be available to purchase at the Boch Center Box Office, www.bochcenter.org, by calling 800-982-ARTS (2787) and via Ticketmaster. Ticket prices start at $25.00. Patrons can Bundle Up & Save up to 30%* when purchasing tickets to 3 shows or more featured during the season (*select seats and performances only). Tickets can be reserved now by calling 617-532-1116 or emailing sales@bochcenter.org. Groups of 10 or more may reserve tickets now by contacting Boch Center Group Sales at 617-532-1116 or groups@bochcenter.org.

Press night for The SpongeBob Musical at the Boch Center Wang Theatre is set for Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 7:00PM. There'll also be a ASL/Open Captioned performance for this production will be Sunday, October 27 at 6:30pm.

"We are very excited to bring a lineup of critically acclaimed shows and family favorites to the Boch Center next season, including the Boston premiere of THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL," said Josiah A. Spaulding, President & CEO of the Boch Center. "In addition to our diverse lineup of concerts, comedy, variety and dance engagements, these shows offer something for the whole family to enjoy!"

Inspired by Nickelodeon's hit animated series of the same name, SpongeBob SquarePants explodes with energy and features an original pop and rock-infused score by a legendary roster of Grammy® Award-winning songwriters. Led and conceived by visionary director Tina Landau (2018 Tony Award nominee) and a Tony Award®-winning design team, the production brings the spirit of SpongeBob to life with humanity, heart, and pure theatricality.


The stakes are higher than ever as 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.

Get ready to dive to all-new depths of theatrical innovation at SpongeBob SquarePants, where the power of optimism really can save the world!


SpongeBob SquarePants features a book by Kyle Jarrow, music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Tom Kitt, choreography by Christopher Gattelli, musical direction by Julie McBride, colorful costumes and Tony-winning by David Zinn, projection design by Peter Nigrini, lighting design by Kevin Adams, sound design by Walter Trarbach, foley design by Mike Dobson, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe and casting by Telsey + Company/Patrick Goodwin, CSA.

The Broadway cast for SpongeBob SquarePants included Tony Award Nominee Ethan Slater as SpongeBob SquarePants, Tony Award Nominee Gavin Lee as Squidward Q. Tentacles, Lilli Cooper and Christina Sajous as Sandy Cheeks, Brian Ray Norris as Eugene Krabs, Danny Skinner as Patrick Star and Wesley Taylor as Sheldon Plankton.

The ensemble included Brandon Espinoza, Alex Gibson, Gaelen Gilliland, Juliane Godfrey, Jordan Grubb, Kyle Matthew Hamilton, Curtis Holbrook, Jesse JP Johnson, L'ogan J'ones, Jai'len Christine Li Josey, Kelvin Moon Loh, Lauralyn Mcclelland, Vasthy Mompoint, Oneika Phillips, Catherine Ricafort, JC Schuster, Allysa Shorte, Abby C. Smith, Robert Taylor Jr., Allan K. Washington, Brynn Williams, Matt Wood and Tom Kenny as the French Narrator.

It's currently unknown whether any of the original Broadway cast will be reprising their characters for the U.S. tour of the show.

SpongeBob SquarePants is a one-of-a-kind musical event with original songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alexander 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., and a song by David Bowie and by SpongeBob SquarePants voice actor Tom Kenny and Andy Paley. Additional lyrics by Jonathan Coulton. Additional music by Tom Kitt.

The critically acclaimed SpongeBob SquarePants musical was named Best Musical by the Drama Desk Awards and Outer Critics Circle and earned 12 Tony Award nominations - the most nominated musical of the 2017-2018 theatre season - including nods for Best Musical, director Tina Landau, book writer Kyle Jarrow, title player Ethan Slater (in his Broadway debut), and the all-star roster of songwriters (including Sara Bareilles, Cyndi Lauper, and John Legend) who contributed to the score. The production earned 12 Tony Award nominations including best musical, equaling Mean Girls for the most of any show this season, and while The Band's Visit swept the honors, SpongeBob did score a deserved win for Best Scenic Design of a Musical for David Zinn's scenic design. The show’s director, Tina Landau, earned a Tony Award nomination for her inventive and unconventional approach to the material that humanized the characters than creating literal representations of the familiar Nickelodeon cartoon.



Following a Chicago tryout during summer 2016, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical opened at Broadway's Palace Theatre during Fall 2017, where it ran for 327 regular performances and 29 previews, defying critical expectations by earning some of the warmest reviews of the season. The show closed in September 2018 to make way for refurbishments at the Palace Theatre.

While many expected a theme park-style brand extension, the show surprised theatergoers with its wild Dadaist comic sensibility, ingenious design and winning performances, notably from gifted 26-year-old newcomer Ethan Slater, making a terrific Broadway debut in the title role.

Early in 2019, school and youth group licensing rights will be available, with professional licensing to follow. A North American tour will begin fall 2019.

In addition to Boston, The SpongeBob Musical is also set to stop at the Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City, OK between Tuesday, November 12 – Sunday, November 17, 2019, the Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas, Nevada between Tuesday, Feb. 4 – Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, and at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California between Tuesday, March 24, 2020 – Sunday, April 12, 2020!

SpongeBob SquarePants - The New Musical Original Cast Recording is available to purchase today at https://spongebobmusical.lnk.to/SpongebobMusicalRecording.

SpongeBob SquarePants is produced by Nickelodeon with The Araca Group, Sony Music Masterworks and Kelp on the Road.

Below is Boch Center's official show description for The SpongeBob Musical. For more information about Boch Center's 2019-2020 season, visit https://www.bochcenter.org:

THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL will play the Boch Center Wang Theatre October 15 – 27.

A legendary roster of Grammy Award® winners. A visionary director and a Tony Award®-winning design team. One of the world’s most beloved characters. Turn them loose on stage and what do you get? The musical The New York Times declares, “BRILLIANT!” Broadway’s best creative minds reimagine and bring to life the beloved Nickelodeon series with humor, heart and pure theatricality in “a party for the eyes and ears” (Daily Beast). Explore the depths of theatrical innovation in THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL, 2018 Best Musical winner of the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, where the power of optimism really can save the world.

The ASL/Open Captioned performance for this production will be Sunday, October 27 at 6:30pm.

SHOWTIMES

Tuesday, October 15 at 7:30 PM
Wednesday, October 16 at 7:00 PM
Thursday, October 17 at 7:30 PM
Friday, October 18 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, October 19 at 2:00 PM
Saturday, October 19 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 20 at 1:00 PM
Sunday, October 20 at 6:30 PM
Tuesday, October 22 at 7:30 PM
Wednesday, October 23 at 7:30 PM
Thursday, October 24 at 7:30 PM
Friday, October 25 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, October 26 at 2:00 PM
Saturday, October 26 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 27 at 1:00 PM
Sunday, October 27 at 6:30 PM

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SpongeBob SquarePants first debuted on Nickelodeon USA on May 1, 1999 and is still going strong.

Since its launch in July 1999, SpongeBob SquarePants has emerged as a pop culture phenomenon. The series has been the most-watched animated program with kids 2-11 for more than 15 consecutive years, and over the past several years, it has averaged more than 100,000,000 total viewers every quarter across all Nickelodeon networks. SpongeBob SquarePants is the most widely distributed property in Viacom International Media Networks history, seen in more than 208 countries and territories and translated in 55+ languages. The character-driven cartoon chronicles the nautical and sometimes nonsensical adventures of SpongeBob, an incurably optimistic and earnest sea sponge, and his undersea friends in the fictional underwater city of Bikini Bottom. Among those friends are SpongeBob's best friend, a pink starfish named Patrick Star, his neighbor and co-worker octopus Squidward Tentacles, and Sandy Cheeks, a squirrel from Texas.

SpongeBob SquarePants is created by Stephen Hillenburg, who previously worked as a writer, director and creative director on Nickelodeon's animated series Rocko's Modern Life. Hillenburg graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with a master's degree in experimental animation and his undergraduate degree, from Humboldt State University, was in natural science with an emphasis in marine biology. Hillenburg executive produced the series until his untimely passing in November 2018. His first feature film, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, which debuted Nov. 19, 2004 and his second theatrical, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, hit theaters Feb. 6, 2015, landing at #1 opening weekend.

SpongeBob SquarePants has been renewed through to at least the show's twelfth season, will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2019, has its own critically acclaimed Broadway show, set to tour the U.S. from Fall 2019, and has a third upcoming movie, The SpongeBob Movie: It's a Wonderful Sponge, set to be released in Summer 2020. Nickelodeon also recently revealed plans to spin off the characters from SpongeBob SquarePants into their own stand-alone series, specials and feature-length movies. The series is produced at Nickelodeon in Burbank.

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Originally published: Thursday, February 28, 2019.

Source: Broadway World Boston.
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