Yesterday I talked about the awesome Junket experience I had a few days back. It was incredible talking to Tony Award Nominated Ethan Slater (SpongeBob SquarePants) and Tom Kenny (Patchy the Pirate and the animated voice of SpongeBob). You can see my full coverage here: The SpongeBob Musical Press Junket.
Today, I wanted to talk to you about The SpongeBob Musical and my thoughts on it. Before we begin the story of SpongeBob involves SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom creatures. They face catastrophe until a most unexpected hero rises to take center stage to prove that the power of optimism really can save the world.
The SpongeBob Musical: Live On Stage! is a musical production conceived and directed for the stage by Tina Landau, book by Kyle Jarrow, orchestrations, arrangements & music supervision by Tom Kitt, with choreography by Christopher Gattelli, produced for television by Austin Shaw, and directed by Glenn Weiss. Nickelodeon’s Vice Presidents Paul J Medford and Susan Vargo serve as executive producers, alongside Senior Vice President of Music & Talent Doug Cohn and is executive produced and overseen by Executive Vice President of Unscripted and Live Events Rob Bagshaw.
The production features original songs by 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, Rob Hyman, 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 additional songs by David Bowie, and by Tom Kenny and Andy Paley. The production also features additional lyrics by Jonathan Coulton and additional music by Tom Kitt, along with “The SpongeBob Theme Song” by Derek Drymon, Mark Harrison, Stephen Hillenburg, and Blaise Smith.
The design team includes scenic and costume design by David Zinn, lighting design by Kevin Adams, projection design by Peter Nigrini, sound design by Walter Trarbach, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe and casting by Telsey + Company/Patrick Goodwin, CSA.
- The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage!
- The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage! Sing-A-Long
My family and I knew the premise of the Broadway show going in as we read up on it. The movie version is a lot of the Broadway version set in movie format with a few additions. We thoroughly enjoyed the movie from start to finish and absolutely ADORED the music throughout. A lot of the songs were written by legends such as John Legend, Lady Antebellum, and Cyndi Lauper. We all agreed that our favorite song was BFF but probably because Hayley’s hip hop teacher is in it and we loved seeing him in that number.
Ethan Slater nailed down the main lead of SpongeBob. After 5 years of him practicing to star in this, it finally came to fruition and he had us in stitches the entire time. He had tremendous energy which was found in the entire cast of The SpongeBob Musical.
The lessons here are very potent especially to the era we are living in. It is important to work together as a team and be overly confident and optimistic even in the adversary of fear. It has beautiful life lessons, great music, stellar acting, and incredible sets.
I give The SpongeBob Musical 4/5 stars.
Where to Buy:
The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage! DVD will be available tomorrow for the suggested retail price of $10.99 U.S.
One winner will receive The SpongeBob Musical DVD or digital code. This giveaway is run via rafflecopter so click read more to see the actual giveaway. The only mandatory entry is to tell me who you want to win this for. While the other entries are optional, I highly suggest filling it out to increase your chances of winning. Us only. Good luck!
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*I worked with The SpongeBob Musical on this. All opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.*