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SpongeBob Squarepants The Broadway Musical may well be the quintessential Broadway experience. It has the perfect combination of music, cast, direction, art direction and story to make it stand head and shoulders above any of the classics of the stage. The only musical close to this in terms of over all quality is The Book of Mormon, and unlike that show, SpongeBob Squarepants is family-friendly.
Taking the familiar characters from the Nickledeon cartoon, and placing them in a compelling story about the potential end of the world works surprisingly well on stage, largely due to the efforts of the cast and the creative team.
The show is a spectacle in every sense of the word. The set design is brilliant, both figuratively and literally, and the costume design manages to perfectly capture the characters of the cartoon series without resorting to using mascot uniforms.
Much of the credit for that also goes to the cast, who manage to evoke the outlandish cartoon characters by using physical comedy, mime and puppeteering skills, exaggerated dance and mastery of the character voices. Ethan Slater, as SpongeBob, looks like a muscled-up Danny Elfman, but with the voice, stance and costume perfectly embodies the beloved cartoon character.
You can hear Mel Larch’s Curtain Call present the cast album of SpongeBob Squarepants on The AIR today at 3 PM, Thursday at 8 AM and 8 PM and Saturday at 6 PM. Listen at The AIR website or on this embedded radio player…