Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great staging

About the show

Nickelodeon's beloved cartoon icon comes to life on Broadway in this new musical featuring new songs from some of rock and pop's greatest luminaries.

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Stakes are higher than ever before 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. Get ready to dive to all-new depths of theatrical innovation at 'SpongeBob SquarePants,' where the power of optimism really can save the world! The one-of-a-kind musical event includes 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, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, and T.I., as well as songs by David Bowie. 


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70
The New York Times

"Tina Landau’s exhaustingly imaginative production...You will probably adore this musical if: a) 'SpongeBob' was a formative influence of your childhood, b) you are a stoner who tokes up to watch reruns of the show on YouTube; or c) if you are (like my date for this show) a parent of 'SpongeBob'-bingeing progeny. If you are none of the above, you will find your patience sorely tested...Tune out until the next amazing set piece, and then gape at the ingenious reconfigurations of objects." Full Review

80
Variety

"Kyle Jarrow’s book retains the two key elements of the Nicktoon: the cheerful sea sponge’s unquenchable optimism and his selflessly heroic efforts to rescue his friends ...Landau’s hallucinogenic stagecraft transcends the show’s television origins by speaking a visual language that’s three-dimensional and boldly theatrical...It’s not as much of a gimmick as it seems, but without a signature sound, there’s no signature style. What there is, though, is plenty of giddy, goofy fun for all." Full Review

70
BroadwayWorld

"What makes the production work so well is that Landau's lovably energetic company is staged in movements that effectively replicate those of their animated characters...The production values are so strong that they come close to covering up the merely serviceable quality of much of the written material...But there's no denying that 'SpongeBob' is an optical treasure filled with clever stagecraft and played by a top-shelf company." Full Review

85
Time Out New York

"A joy. Like its irrepressible yellow hero, played by the peppy and limber-limbed Ethan Slater, the show is unabashedly committed to imagination and dorky enthusiasm...What send the show soaring are David Zinn’s sensational costumes and set...In the end, 'SpongeBob' succeeds because Landau and Zinn make even the most complicated musical staging look and feel like child’s play. It wants you to have fun. Soak it in." Full Review

85
Theatermania

"Nothing short of genius...Landau and her creative team have reimagined the television series for the stage, building a world that resembles the cartoon, while taking brilliant advantage of this new medium...Landau develops the vibe of a rock concert throughout, while Jarrow's text theatricalizes the incendiary humor...The show, however, is on the fatty side...SpongeBob might save the day in the end, but Landau is the real hero in this venture, and an inspiring one at that." Full Review

60
The Huffington Post

"One of the most deliciously outlandish physical productions in memory...Tina Landau does a good job over there in Bikini Bottom: there is a lot of show here, and she packs it all onstage. While it might not be artistic, it is ever-cheery and delivers what it aims to...Late in the second act comes the one knockout, show tune-wise: 'I’m Not a Loser'...Otherwise, it’s a tame evening for those who enter the Palace gates without a preexisting affinity for 'SpongeBob SquarePants.'" Full Review

60
Lighting & Sound America

“You'll love this -- if this is the sort of thing you love...Burdened with a silly, predictable plot and so many lessons about tolerance, kindness, and community spirit...this is a musical designed for true SpongeBob believers only...The songs are pretty uniformly forgettable...All of this is orchestrated with a fair amount of bravado by Landau...What she can't fix is the cipher-like lead character and a plot that is much too elementary for anyone past the fourth grade." Full Review

65
The Guardian (UK)

"The most exciting sequences arise when Landau puts cartoon plots aside and concentrates on delivering the sugar-shock visual pleasure...This raw bar of composers makes for a lack of musical cohesion...But more conventional book musicals don’t have David Zinn’s blissfully eye-popping set and costume design...Design and performances aside, 'SpongeBob' is as perfunctorily entertaining as it is insistently forgettable." Full Review

75
Theater Life

"Familiarity with the perennially cheerful SpongeBob and his fellow citizens of the underwater hamlet of Bikini Bottom is helpful but not essential for delighting in this fun-filled romp, staged with a combination of child-like glee and adult sophistication by Landau...Jarrow’s otherwise snappy book could lose a half-hour particularly during an extended adventure sequence...Some adults may chafe at all the giggly silliness, but for kids and kids at heart, this is a sweet, watery treat." Full Review

65
New York Theater

"Tom Kitt has helped assemble a tuneful and eclectic score...All of this makes for many enjoyable moments. But it’s still difficult to justify devoting two and a half hours to a cartoon sponge...Despite all the terrific talent and pleasing razzle dazzle, a theatergoer who isn’t seven years old or stoned or an unusually empathetic parent may secretly wish before the 150 minutes are up that Humongous will destroy Bikini Bottom soon and let us all get back early to dry land." Full Review

65
The Huffington Post

"It’s a guaranteed good time for families...But it could so easily have been much better...Act two has better songs, more action and eventually a propulsive rush to the confetti-filled finale. You’ll be smiling when you leave...While the production is handsome, it also has a playground vibe that feels just right...Truly, a lot of songs just kill time...But what a shame and what a show they might have had...I had fun, mostly because the cast was so winning." Full Review

85
Theatre's Leiter Side

“This tidal wave of nautical nonsense has turned the Palace Theatre into an eye-poppingly colorful seascape filled with subaquatic life ranging from petite plankton to lumbering leviathans…Staged with unceasing zest…and a confetti-covered…beach ball party, 'SpongeBob SquarePants' defies you to be bored...Within all the nutty behavior and antics, a few adult-oriented thematic points are made…Expressive vitality, visual ingenuity, vibrant musicality, and consistently exceptional performances.” Full Review

75
The Hollywood Reporter

"There's a certain whiplash effect, to be sure, in jumping from Bowie/Eno gloom rock to bubblegum pop to country to gospel to more conventional show tunes. But there's also a generosity of spirit here that, together with the playful visual imagination and the extremely likeable, racially diverse cast, proves hard to resist...Musical-theater snobs should probably give 'SpongeBob' a wide berth. But audiences willing to go with its demented escapism should find plenty of fun." Full Review

75
AM New York

"Despite some weak spots, the new Broadway musical adaptation works well enough as a lively, silly, trippy show appealing to kids, Millennials and anyone who has watched the TV show since it premiered in 1999...The elaborate production benefits from an immersive, blue-streaked visual design that spills into the audience...All in all, 'SpongeBob' manages to win over the crowd thanks to an energetic cast, psychedelic flair and party atmosphere." Full Review

70
Chicago Tribune

"It is to the credit of the determined, big-hearted director and the charming, gifted star of 'SpongeBob SquarePants' that they have stayed relentlessly focused not only on the show’s famously goofy optimism but on its happily anarchic aesthetic...Not every attempt at singularity works, but, in its best moments, it is very much its own thing. Proudly so...In the final Broadway analysis, a show for those in the know and, of course, for kids...This is not a piece that will create many new belie... Full Review

80
New York Daily News

"Delightful but overstuffed...Explodes with catchy songs, Crayola-bright visuals, goofy humor, not-so-silly messages, and lots of heart. There’s a breakout star turn, to boot...Undersea denizens are given human form but retain telltale traits. It’s a smart decision that broadens accessibility...Momentum stalls occasionally from so many story threads, but David Zinn’s clever sets and costumes offer constant eye candy to compensate...'SpongeBob' is simply a pleasure." Full Review

80
Deadline

“The last 40 minutes or so is such mind-rattling, eye-popping, rib-tickling fun that maybe I should just stop right there. Not that this popular series is ever short on energy, visual spectacle, inside-Bikinisms and the like...For, first-act problems aside, this show, ingeniously staged by Landau and choreographed by Gattelli within an inch of its CO2 life, has more to offer than we had any right to expect in this era of dreary Broadway knockoffs of Hollywood dross.” Full Review

89
Front Mezz Junkies

"Fun and smart and festive and joyful it is. In spades...It’s a colorful spectacle that feels intoxicating and exciting before the show even begins...Ethan Slater making his Broadway debut, gives about the best performance of a sponge that one could hope for...Every underwater creature is playing their part swimmingly...Time will tell if it is a success financially, but as an artistic endeavor, they have surprised the Broadway world and hit that pineapple out of the park." Full Review

80
TheaterScene.net

“This visually stunning, witty and faithful stage adaptation is a lot of fun but drawn out...Landau’s euphoric staging vigorously emphasizes spectacle, humor, and sensitivity...The material is edgy enough to entertain adults...Portions of it are over-extended, repetitious, and tangential. Perhaps for Broadway, its creators felt the need to really make it a full-length show. In this case, less would have been more,though the abundant merriment is still pleasurable." Full Review

80
Talkin' Broadway

"The wildest romp of a musical Broadway has seen in many a season...It's best to have a familiarity with SpongeBob...There's still a lot of fun to be had for the uninitiated...Mostly made up of silly shenanigans and lots of big production numbers, several of which are quite good...It is certainly an overstuffed banquet for the eye and the ear, and it does run the risk of stimulus overload, but for fans of that happy-go-lucky member of the phylum porifera, it's not to be missed." Full Review

55
The Wrap

"It’s all admirably imaginative. What the designs, direction and performances rarely are is magical, inspired, or outrageously fun, although the two Rube Goldberg-like machines that thrust 'molten' beach balls onto the stage can be called 'ingenious'...Severely hampered by Kyle Jarrow’s flat, witless book...What keeps 'SpongeBob' afloat are the original songs by Sara Bareilles, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, and others." Full Review

70
CitiTour

"This exuberant, expensive and sometimes enervating spectacle -- directed with utter confidence by Tina Landau and featuring typically thrilling choreography by Tony winner Christopher Gattelli -- is likely to give you whiplash...I’m not sure the creators’ idea to have over a dozen notable songwriters contribute to the score was a gamble that fully paid off. There are a few too many songs for the show’s own good, and far too many musicals styles are on display here." Full Review

65
Woman Around Town

"Ultimate credit goes to Director Tina Landau whose eye and ear for detail adds credibility and whose imaginative staging captivates...Kyle Jarrow’s book employs signature expressions, expanding and embroidering while maintaining unique personalities...The musical’s problem, ignored by ninety percent of this exuberant audience, is its music and lyrics (arranged/orchestrated by Tom Kitt) which are almost uniformly generic/cliché." Full Review

85
The Telegraph (UK)

"An absolute delight. Silly, heartfelt and charming, it has infectious songs written by an array of top music talent and it’s been cleverly conceived and directed by the innovative Landau. Landau and her collaborators haven’t tried to put the cartoon series onstage; they’ve reimagined it for the theatre...It’s a thin plot to stretch out over nearly two-and-a-half hours, but the occasional lulls are forgivable...Dare I say that adults as well as children are likely to find 'SpongeBob' absorbing." Full Review

80
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"This is an astonishing looking scenic achievement...The undersea world of 'SpongeBob' teems with cartoon creatures, here brought to life by a superb cast put through entertaining confrontations and elaborate musical numbers. Yes, the book sags now and then but there is always an arresting sight of a new scenic wonder or lighting coup...A memorable example of the elaborate staging possible in the theater, and anyone interested at that aspect of showbiz should be sure to see it." Full Review

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17
Disappointing, Cliched, Overrated, Slow, Fluffy

See it if you're under the age of 10 or love watching Spongebob

Don't see it if you enjoy theatre

75
Ambitious, Quirky, Disappointing, Slow, Great staging

See it if you are a fan of Spongebob the show. I knew the show, but not a huge fan, but just found this boring. Wasn't for me. Take the kids.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Spongebob. People like this, but I just wasn't one of them.

82
Funny, Relevant, Entertaining, Great staging, Great talent

See it if you like musicals & can suspend disbelief for the sheer joy of this production. The talent, sets & music are wonderful. Slate IS SB.

Don't see it if you don't like *splashy* musicals. but you don't have to like the cartoon to like this. It's likely more fun to see it with kids as I did

Also Inside the silliness of the script are positive messages of kindness, ... Read more Read less

74
Colorful, Weak plot, Multi-talented performers, Great puns, Strange costume choices

See it if you like noisy colorful performances with screaming, crying children wandering the aisles.

Don't see it if you expect characters looking like the cartoon, you require plot complexity, you don't expect cheap off-off B'way techniques on B'way.

90
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you want a fun show that's surprisingly relevant and deep. See it if you appreciate imaginative staging and great talent.

Don't see it if you want a serious show or if you find quirky kid-centric gags obnoxious.

77
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you like bright colours and fun music!

Don't see it if you are overwhelmed by loud shows

90
Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging, Surprising

See it if you're ready of a night of wit and whimsy that will delight you even if you've never seen a Spongebob episode

Don't see it if you're off-put by rowdy audiences - this one seems to attract them

84
Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you can beyond the idea of a cartoon. It really exceeds expectations. Fun and entertaining.

Don't see it if My only caveat is that it does have seasoned performers. A few familiar faces would have been a game changer.

84
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Upbeat

See it if you like family shows designed for young kids with great songs, creative costumes and sets, awesome dancing, and wonderful singing.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a very silly, goofy show based on a cartoon with a simplistic plot that virtually any kid would understand easily.

Also I won lottery tickets to a Sunday matinee performance about a week ago... Read more Read less

83
Delightful, Entertaining, Fun, Great singing

See it if you love big musicals, extravagant costumes, and an all around fun time; also helps if you love spongebob

Don't see it if you are unfamiliar with spongebob or don't like shows that attract kids and their families

95
Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Not just for kids.

See it if you want to be thoroughly entertained. this show has so much to recommend it.

Don't see it if you don't have a sense of humor or adventure.

Also i have zero sponge knowledge and i was thoroughly enchanted. the show ... Read more Read less

79
Clever, Delightful, Inventive staging, No thought fun

See it if you want to totally veg-out on fun dancing and singing. Talented cast and musicians

Don't see it if you are looking for a serious bway musical - this is not West Side Story or Hamilton

75
Overrated, Entertaining, Zany, Nautically nonsensical

See it if Would love the "classic" Spongebob lines. To marvel at the on point physicality in casting of Spongebob, Squidward, and Patrick. Pure silly.

Don't see it if Expect far more quality in a Broadway score; pop writers provided music here, and it shows. Prefer shows about human stories sans winking

77
Delightful, Quirky, Charming, Entertaining, Silly

See it if You like a fun bit of musical fluff to brighten your spirits.

Don't see it if You're a grump.

84
Delightful, Enchanting, Profound, Entertaining

See it if I was delighted by the set, the performers but Sponge Bob is also very .

Don't see it if If you are unwilling to suspend reality but of course you want to do that

83
Delightful, Quirky, Fun, Great staging

See it if you're a fan of the show. Fun for the whole family. Beautiful sets!

Don't see it if you're not familiar with the show. Not required (I've never seen the TV show) but I think you'd enjoy it much more if you're a SpongeBob fan

80
Mindless entertainment, Puerile, Committed cast, Promising music but weak lyrics, Fatuous

See it if you can enjoy this for what it is: a cartoony world of Nickelodeon fare brought to life in gaudy glows and tacky trails of confetti; a kid.

Don't see it if seeking high art; innovative story-telling, lyrics, or plot; do not have a childish or openminded bone in your body; cannot stand tackiness.

Also My score considers the roots of SpongeBob SquarePants: a children’s ca... Read more Read less

76
Funny, Intelligent, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You love SpongeBob. I never really watched it, but I imagine it's great if you're a fan.

Don't see it if If you don't love SpongeBob and you're not a theater geek, it's probably not worth it.

95
Funny, Clever, Quirky, Relevant, Great staging

See it if you want to experience a spectacle! I don't know the series, but was delighted by the musical staging, talent & deep themes of acceptance.

Don't see it if you want to miss something special. It's a silly, feel-good show, with a heartwarming message. Are you really above all that?

72
Disappointing, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You grew up with the cartoon, loved it, and don't mind a vacuous plot. The staging is amazing, the choreography great, but the story? Zero.

Don't see it if You are more than 8 years old.

Also There is a lot to cheer here. The production is spectacular and the ac... Read more Read less

40
Ambitious, Quirky, Fluffy, Irrelevant, Disconnected

See it if you like the TV show and know the characters and don't have high expectations.

Don't see it if you're expecting a quality production that feels like a Broadway show (this feels like an amusement park production)

Also Ethan Slater is the only great thing about this show. He is completely... Read more Read less

76
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Must see, Slow

See it if if you like a cute fun family show, this is for you

Don't see it if the first half is slow, so if you need an upbeat show from beginning to end this show would not be for you

75
Entertaining, Cute, Flashy, Colorful, Diverting

See it if you've seen all the Disney musicals and you want an all-ages show with a little more social commentary. Plus, Ethan Slater is just terrific.

Don't see it if you're a hypersensitive Republican. Intentional or not, the show feels like a sly critique of the current administration's policies.

80
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You are a kid and enjoy silliness and FUN. As an adult enjoy great choreography, costuming, lighting and scenic design.

Don't see it if You are looking for a thought provoking or a solid story with adult themes.

86
Clever, Delightful, Great singing, Great staging, Dazzling

See it if you're a fan of SpongeBob, family shows ok for kids, colorful costumes, zany sets, music by many popular composers, sight gags, clever dance

Don't see it if don't like SpongeBob or shows based on kiddie shows, farcical jokes & overwrought characters, scores created by many writers,


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