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SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical (originally titled The SpongeBob Musical, won the award for Best Musical by the Drama Desk and Outer Critic Circle. Nominated for 12 Tony Awards, winning Best Scenic and lighting design The SpongeBob Musical Live On Stage!, will simulcast across Nickelodeon, TeenNick and Nicktoons on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7:00 p.m. (EST)
Performing Sara Bareilles song “Poor Pirates,” is Tom Kenny, who voiced the animated SpongeBob, French narrator, and Patchy the Pirate.
Tony nominated Tina Landau directed and conceived the original production. This TV presentation reunites her with her Broadway creative team: music supervisor and orchestrator Tom Kitt, choreographer Christopher Gattelli, set and costume designer David Zinn, lighting designer Kevin Adams, projection designer Peter Nigrini, foley artist Mike Dobson, and sound designer Walter Trarbach.
The SpongeBob Musical: Live On Stage! includes Ethan Slater as SpongeBob SquarePants, Gavin Lee as Squidward Q. Tentacles, Danny Skinner as Patrick Star, Brian Ray Norris as Eugene Krabs, Wesley Taylor as Sheldon Plankton, Christina Sajous as Sandy Cheeks and Tom Kenny as ‘Patchy the Pirate’. The ensemble will include Kyle Hamilton, Katie Lee Hill, Curtis Holbrook, Jesse JP Johnson, L’ogan J’ones, Jai’len Josey, Kelvin Moon Loh, Lauralyn Mcclelland, Vasthy Mompoint, Bryonha Marie Parham, Oneika Phillips, Jon Rua, JC Schuster, Abby C. Smith, Robert Taylor Jr., Allan Washington.
The show features book by Kyle Jarrow and an eclectic score 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., as well as the late David Bowie, Tom Kenny (TV’s originalSpongeBob), and Andy Paley.
The SpongeBob Musical: Live On Stage! is produced for TV by Austin Shaw and directed by Glenn Weiss. Nickelodeon vice presidents Paul J Medford and Susan Vargo serve as executive producers and the show was filmed for television in front of a live theater audience.