The SpongeBob Musical

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The SpongeBob Musical

Kyle Jarrow

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  5f, 10m

Based on the series by Stephen Hillenburg / Book by Kyle Jarrow / With New 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, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, T.I., and songs by David Bowie, Tom Kenny & Andy Paley / Additional Lyrics by Jonathan Coulton / Additional Music by Tom Kitt / Music Supervision, Orchestrations and Arrangements by Tom Kitt / Choreography by Christopher Gattelli / Musical Production Conceived and Directed by Tina Landau

Adapted from the iconic Nickelodeon series! SpongeBob, Patrick, Sandy, Squidward and all of Bikini Bottom face total annihilation—until a most unexpected hero rises to take center stage.

Photo: Joan Marcus

The SpongeBob Musical

The SpongeBob Musical

by  Kyle Jarrow

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    5f, 10m
  • Duration
    Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Fantasy, Adaptations (Stage & Screen)
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Appropriate for all audiences
Accolades
Accolades
  • Nominee! Thirteen 2018 Tony Awards, including Best Musical
    Winner! 2018 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical
Description

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The stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic stage musical, 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. The power of optimism really can save the world!

The SpongeBob Musical is based on the beloved animated series created by Stephen Hillenburg and features a book by Kyle Jarrow, 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 songs by David Bowie, Tom Kenny and Andy Paley. Additional lyrics are by Jonathan Coulton, with additional music by Tom Kitt. The musical production was conceived by Tina Landau.

History

Since its launch on July 17, 1999, SpongeBob SquarePants has reigned as the number one kids’ animated series on TV for the last 17 years, while generating a universe of beloved characters, pop culture catchphrases and memes, theatrical releases, consumer products, a Tony award-winning Broadway musical and a global fan base. SpongeBob SquarePants is the most widely distributed property in Viacom International Media Networks history, seen in more than 170 countries, translated in 30+ languages, and averaging more than 140 million total viewers every quarter.

SpongeBob SquarePants is created by Stephen Hillenburg and produced by Nickelodeon in Burbank, Calif. The character-driven cartoon chronicles the nautical and sometimes nonsensical adventures of SpongeBob, an incurably optimistic and earnest sea sponge, and his undersea friends. The Broadway production of The SpongeBob Musical earned its place on 2017’s “Best of Broadway” lists including Broadway.com, BuzzFeed, The Chicago Tribune, The Daily Beast, Deadline, ET Online, Forbes, Time Out New York and Variety. The SpongeBob 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 – winning for Best Scenic Design of a Musical (David Zinn).

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Considerations

Performing Groups
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Youth/Camp Programs

Licence details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The sub-marine habitat known as Bikini Bottom.
  • Additional Features: Puppetry
  • Features / Contains: Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Fantasy Costumes

Casting

5f, 10m
Cast Attributes
  • Expandable casting
  • Roles for Teens
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

Principals

SpongeBob SquarePants
Patrick Star
Sandy Cheeks
Squidward Q. Tentacles
Eugene Krabs
Sheldon J. Plankton

Ensemble, with lots of doubling:

French Narrator (pre-recorded voice)
Patchy the Pirate
Karen the Computer
Perch Perkins
Mayor of Bikini Bottom Mrs. Puff
Larry the Lobster
Old Man Jenkins
Pearl Krabs
Buster Bluetang
The Electric Skates (3 of 'em)
Sardine Devotees
Johnny the Bartender (briefly)
Theater Security Guards (2)
Pirates (a bunch)
Gary the Snail (a puppet)

Oh, and there's a live Foley Artist Fish too!

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway, Pop/Rock, Contemporary Broadway
  • Dance Requirements: Moderate
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Large
  • Chorus Size: Medium

Act I

1. "Bikini Bottom Day" – The Town (by Jonathan Coulton)
2. "Bikini Bottom Day Reprise" – SpongeBob (by Jonathan Coulton)
3. "No Control" – Perch Perkins, The Town (by David Bowie and Brian Eno)
4. "BFF" – SpongeBob, Patrick (by Plain White Ts)
5. "When the Going Gets Tough" – Plankton, The Town (by T.I., Domani Harris and Darwin Quinn)
6. "(Just a) Simple Sponge" – SpongeBob, Mr. Krabs, Sponges (by Panic! At the Disco)
7. "Daddy Knows Best" – Mr. Krabs, Pearl (by Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros)
8. "Hero Is My Middle Name" – SpongeBob, Sandy, Patrick (by Cyndi Lauper and Rob Hyman)
9. "Super Sea Star Savior" – Patrick, Sardines (by Yolanda Adams)
10. "Tomorrow Is" – The Town (by The Flaming Lips)

Act II

12. "Poor Pirates" – Patchy, Pirates (by Sara Bareilles)
13. "Bikini Bottom Day Reprise" – SpongeBob (by Jonathan Coulton)
14. "Bikini Bottom Boogie" – The Electric Skates, Pearl, Fans (by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith)
15. "Chop to the Top" – Sandy, SpongeBob (by Lady Antebellum)
16. "(I Guess I) Miss You" – SpongeBob, Patrick (by John Legend)
17. "I’m Not a Loser" – Squidward, Sea Anemones (by They Might Be Giants)
18. "Simple Sponge Reprise" – SpongeBob (by Panic! At the Disco)
19. "Best Day Ever" – SpongeBob, The Town (by Andy Paley and Tom Kenny)
20. Finale: "Bikini Bottom Day Reprise" – The Town (by Jonathan Coulton)
21. Bows: "The SpongeBob Theme Song" – All (by Derek Drymon, Mark Harrison, Stephen Hillenburg and Blaise Smith)


20 Libretto/Vocal

1 Reed 1
1 Reed 2
1 Trumpet
1 Trombone
1 Guitar 1
1 Guitar 2
1 Guitar 3
1 Keyboard 1
1 Keyboard 2
1 Keyboard 3/Conductor
1 Percussion
1 Drums
1 Violin 1
1 Violin 2
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass

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20 Libretto/Vocal

1 Reed 1
1 Reed 2
1 Trumpet
1 Trombone
1 Guitar 1
1 Guitar 2
1 Guitar 3
1 Keyboard 1
1 Keyboard 2
1 Keyboard 3/Conductor
1 Percussion
1 Drums
1 Violin 1
1 Violin 2
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass

Media

Press

“Effervescent candy for the spirit!” - New York Magazine

“Brilliant” - The New York Times

“The music in the show is…spectacular” - The Daily Beast

“It wants you to have fun. Soak it in.” - Time Out New York

“Adults as well as children are likely to find SpongeBob absorbing.” - The Telegraph

Music Samples

Videos

  • SpongeBob Musical Medley

  • About The SpongeBob Musical

  • Adventures of SpongeBob

  • The Music of Bikini Bottom

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Photos

  • The SpongeBob Musical

    Credit: Joan Marcus

  • The SpongeBob Musical

    Credit: Joan Marcus

  • The SpongeBob Musical

    Credit: Joan Marcus

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Authors

Kyle Jarrow

Kyle Jarrow is a Tony Award-nominated, Obie Award-winning writer and musician who makes work for television, film and the stage. He wrote the book for Broadway's The SpongeBob Musical, for which he was nominated for Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. Kyle created and executive-produced the telev ...

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