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Ford Center for the Performing Arts, 24 West Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601

The SpongeBob Musical

Closed July 10, 2016

"...full of wildly energetic performers and playful, imaginative stagecraft...The show also arrives with a seamless musical mashup of more than a dozen songs by as many composer-lyricists with zesty pastiche numbers that move from hip-hop, soul, disco an

Chicago Sun Times

Why See The SpongeBob Musical?

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Are You Ready Kids?

After conquering tv and the silver screen, everyone's favourite sponge is headed to Chicago in his first ever musical! SpongeBob The Musical opens at the Oriental Theatre in June 2016 for a strictly limited month-long run, before transferring over to Broadway later in the year. The story follows Spongebob on a quest to save the day, with the help of his best fried Patrick and the rest of Bikini Bottom's beloved inhabitants. Co-concieved and directed by Steppenwolf Theatre member Tina Landau, an impressively starry roll call of musical artists have contributed to the score, including David Bowie and The Flaming Lips.

Since premiering in 2009, the adventures of Spongebob has become a carton juggernaut for Nickelodeon, with its slapstick silliness and surreal flights of fancy making it a big hit with kids and adults alike. Now on its ninth season, the animation has also made it to the silver screen in two movies that featured wonderfully wacky appearances from David Hasselhoff and Antonio Banderas.

The Music Makers

The wealth of talent contributing to SpongeBob's musical venture is quite staggering. Topping the bill is the legendary David Bowie, who was no stranger to the world of Bikini Bottom, having voiced the character of Lord Royal Highness in the show's 2007 special Atlantis Squarepants. Also writing original material are Cyndi Lauper (who won a Tony for Kinky Boots' score), Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Lady Antebellum, John Legend, The Flaming Lips, Dirty Projectors, They Might Be Giants, Panic! at the Disco and T.I.

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Dates

Opening night: 7 June 2016

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TBA

COVID 19 SECURE

You may be required to have had a COVID vaccine in order to attend this performance or show proof of a negative test. Please contact the venue directly for more information on this.

Cast and Creative

Cast

Ethan Slater as Spongebob
Lilli Cooper as Sandy
Gavin Lee as Squidward
Nick Blaemire as Plankton
Danny Skimmer as Patrick
Karlos Lopez as Mr. Krabs
Gaelen Gilliland
Curtis Holbrook
Stephanie Hsu
Logan Jones
Emmy Raver-Lampman
Mark Ledbetter
Kelvin Moon Loh
Vasthy Mompoint
JC Schuster
Abby C. Smith
Jason Michael Snow
Juliane Godfrey
Jesse JP Johnson
Lauralyn McClelland
Allan K. Washington

Creative

Co-conceived & Directed by Tina Landau
Book by Kyle Jarrow
Musical Supervision by Tom Kitt

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