Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Broadway Smash Hit 'The SpongeBob Musical' to Tour the U.S.; Announces 2019-2020 Tour Dates

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


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The multi-award winning SpongeBob SquarePants Musical will be touring theatres across the U.S. during the 2019-2020 theatre season.

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 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.


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.

The SpongeBob SquarePants Musical has a running time of 2 hours 30 minutes, and features two acts (ACT I: 1 hour 15 minutes; ACT II: 1 hour) and a 15 minute intermission.

It's currently unknown whether any of the original Broadway cast will be reprising their characters for the U.S. tour of the show. However, judging from the first promotional photo release, it'll feature a new ensemble cast.


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.



The SpongeBob Musical National Tour Dates:

Proctors
Schenectady, New York
09/23/19-09/29/19
As part of: The 2019-2020 Key Private Bank Broadway Series subscription package.
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Performances:

Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 2:00 pm*
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 7:30 pm
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 7:30 pm
Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 1:30 pm
Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 8:00 pm
Friday, September 27, 2019 - 8:00 pm
Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 2:00 pm
Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 8:00 pm

* Interpreted Performance

This performance will feature a sign language interpreter. To request access to this section, please call our box office at 518.346.6204

Boch Center Wang Theatre
Boston, Massachusetts
10/15/19-10/27/19
As part of: The Boch Center's upcoming 2019-2020 Broadway and family show lineup at the Wang and Shubert Theatres
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Showtimes

Tuesday, October 15 at 7:30 PM
Wednesday, October 16 at 7:00 PM (Press Night)
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 *

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

Civic Center Music Hall
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
11/12/19-11/17/19
As part of: The Civic Center Music Hall's OKC Broadway season, a presentation of The Nederlander Organization and Civic Center Foundation!
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Performances:

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 7:30pm
​Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 7:30pm
​Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 7:30pm
​Friday, November 15, 2019 - 8:00pm
​Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 2:00pm
​Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 8:00pm
​Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 1:30pm
​Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 7:00pm

Schuster Center
Dayton, Ohio
11/19/19-11/24/19
As part of: The Victoria Theatre Association's 2019-2020 Premier Health Broadway Series
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Performances:

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 7:30pm
​Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 7:30pm
​Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 7:30pm
​Friday, November 22, 2019 - 8:00pm
​Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 2:00pm *
​Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 8:00pm
​Sunday, November 24, 2019 - 1:00pm
​Sunday, November 24, 2019 - 6:30pm

The Saturday matinee performance of The SpongeBob Musical will be signed interpreted and audio described. Please let the ticket agent know at least two weeks before the performance if you would like either of these services when you order your tickets at Ticket Center Stage. If you are interested in either of these services for another performance, please contact Ticket Center Stage. Please understand that while the Schuster Center will make every effort to make reasonable accommodations, certain requests may not be able to be honored.

The Forrest Theatre
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
12/3/19-12/15/19
As part of: The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and The Shubert Organization announced today the 2019/20 Broadway Philadelphia season, sponsored by American Airlines.
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December 3 - December 15

7:30 pm, 8:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 6:30 pm

Orpheum Theatre
Phoenix, Arizona
01/31/20-02/02/20
As part of: The American Theatre Guild's Broadway at the Orpheum Theatre 2019-2020 season
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Performances:

Friday, January 31, 2020: 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 1, 2020: 2 p.m.
Saturday, February 1, 2020: 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 2, 2020: 1 p.m.
Sunday, February 2, 2020: 6:30 p.m.

The Smith Center Reynolds Hall
Las Vegas, Nevada
02/04/20-02/09/20
As part of: The Smith Center for the Performing Arts's 2019-2020 Broadway Las Vegas Series, sponsored by Southern Nevada Ford Stores and Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie Law Firm
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Performances:

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 7:30 PM
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 7:30 PM
Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 7:30 PM
Friday, February 7, 2020 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 2:00 PM
Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 7:30 PM
Sunday, February 9, 2020 - 2:00 PM
Sunday, February 9, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Hult Center
Eugene, Oregon
03/06/20-03/07/20
As part of: The American Theatre Guild's Broadway at Eugene 2019-2020 season
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Performances:

Friday, March 6, 2020: 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 7, 2020: 2 p.m.
Saturday, March 7, 2020: 8 p.m.

Buell Theatre
Denver, Colorado
03/10/20-03/22/20
As part of: Denver Center for the Performing Arts' 2019/2020 Broadway Season
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Performances:

Monday, March 10 - Sunday, March 22, 2020
Dates and times to be confirmed.

Dolby Theatre
Los Angeles, California
03/24/20-04/12/20
As part of: The Nederlander Theatre's Hollywood Pantages' BROADWAY IN HOLLYWOOD 2019-20 Season
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Showtimes

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 8:00 PM
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 8:00 PM
Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 8:00 PM
Friday, March 27, 2020 - 8:00 PM
Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 2:00 PM
Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 8:00 PM
Sunday, March 29, 2020 - 1:00 PM
Sunday, March 29, 2020 - 6:30 PM
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 8:00 PM
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 8:00 PM
Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 8:00 PM
Friday, April 3, 2020 - 8:00 PM
Saturday, April 4, 2020 - 2:00 PM
Saturday, April 4, 2020 - 8:00 PM
Sunday, April 5, 2020 - 1:00 PM
Sunday, April 5, 2020 - 6:30 PM
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 8:00 PM
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 8:00 PM
Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 8:00 PM
Friday, April 10, 2020 - 8:00 PM
Saturday, April 11, 2020 - 2:00 PM
Saturday, April 11, 2020 - 8:00 PM
Sunday, April 12, 2020 - 1:00 PM
Sunday, April 12, 2020 - 6:30 PM

Century II Concert Hall
Wichita, Kansas
04/28/20-04/30/20
As part of: The American Theatre Guild's Broadway in Wichita's menu for the 2019-2020 season
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Performances:

Tuesday, April 28, 2020: 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 29, 2020: 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 30, 2020: 7:30 p.m.

Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC)
Providence, Rhode Island
05/12/2020-05/17/2020
As part of: The 2019/2020 Taco/White Family Foundation Broadway Series
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Performances:

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 TBA
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 TBA
Thursday, May 14, 2020 TBA
Friday, May 15, 2020 TBA
Saturday, May 16, 2020 TBA
Sunday, May 17, 2020 TBA

Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
Charlotte, North Carolina
06/16/2020 - 06/21/2020
As part of: The 2019-2020 PNC Broadway Lights (Broadway Extras)
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Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 7:30 PM
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 7:30 PM
Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 7:30 PM
Friday, June 19, 2020 TBA - 8:00 PM
Saturday, June 20, 2020 - 2:00 PM
Saturday, June 20, 2020 - 8:00 PM
Sunday, June 21, 2020 - 1:00 PM
Sunday, June 21, 2020 - 6:30 PM

David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts
Tampa Bay, Florida
07/21/2020 - 07/26/2020
As part of: Broadway at The Straz's 2019-2020 Season supported by Bank of America
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Performances:

To be announced.

New tour dates to be announced. Check back to see if The SpongeBob Musical will be coming to your city!

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.

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.

“Wonders pour from the stage in a ravishing stream of color and invention” (Time Out New York) as Broadway’s best creative minds reimagine and bring to life the beloved Nickelodeon series with humor, heart and pure theatricality in a neon-sparkly “party for the eyes and ears” (Daily Beast). Be there when SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face catastrophe—until a most unexpected hero rises to take center stage. This “creative explosion” (Broadway.com) is “nothing short of genius” says Theatermania, so bring the entire family to celebrate friendship and cooperation, and learn the power of unity and inclusion.

Get ready to enjoy the “Broadway Extravaganza” (The New Yorker) that New York Magazine calls “effervescent candy-for-the-spirit.” 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.

Follow SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical on social media:
Website: https://spongebobbroadway.com
Facebook: facebook.com/SpongeBobBway
Twitter: @SpongeBobBway
Instagram: #spongebobbway
YouTube: youtube.com/spongebobbroadway

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.

“It’s a pretty big deal for us and for Wichita to be able to bring ‘Spongebob’ on the first national tour. It’s exciting,” Amy Hamm, executive director of The American Theatre Guild, told The Wichita Eagle. “We’re feeling confident this is a show that audiences are going to love.”

The characters don’t wear the exact costumes of their cartoon counterparts, she said, but enough for anyone who has seen the series to know who they are.

Rather than one composer, the music for “Spongebob” was written by various pop-rock performers, including David Bowie, Plain White T’s, Panic! at the Disco, Cyndi Lauper, Flaming Lips, John Legend, Aerosmith, They Might Be Giants and Bareilles.

“It’s kind of a neat twist in addition to being a big, bright, fun show with a ton of heart,” Hamm said. “I think it will be a surprise because it has some amazing messages about friendship and teamwork. It’s an important kind of show to have now, a good show with a good message.”

“I’m excited about the lineup of shows we’re announcing for the 2019-2020 season,” said Ty Sutton, President and CEO of Victoria Theatre Association. “The Premier Health Broadway Series features two Ohio premieres, hot new titles such as ‘The Spongebob Musical,’ ‘Summer: The Donna Summer,’ and ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’ as well as beloved revivals like ‘Cats,’ ‘Once On This Island,’ and the ‘Rent 20th Anniversary Tour.’ Plus, we have several great shows booked as part of our Projects Unlimited Star Attractions, including ‘Black Violin,’ ‘The Color Purple,’ ‘The Midtown Men: Holiday Hits Tour,’ ‘We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,’ ‘Drum Tao 2020’ and more to be announced later.”

"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!"

“This Broadway Lights season is heavy on family-friendly shows, so we wanted to put ‘The SpongeBob Musical’ into the Extras series for variety,” explains Tom Gabbard, president and CEO of Charlotte, NC's Blumenthal.

More Nick: Nickelodeon Marks 20 Years of "SpongeBob SquarePants" with the "Best Year Ever"!

Originally published: Saturday, March 9, 2019.

Additional sources: Broadway World (II), Tampa Bay Times, Charlotte Observer.
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