Already closed | 2h 30m | Midtown W

SpongeBob SquarePants (Broadway)

From 1,310 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Delightful, 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. More…

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. 

2h 30m | Already closed | Palace Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (1310)


Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Delightful, Great staging
Avg Score

Imaginative, Endlessly energetic, Disjointed, Unpleasantly loud, Garish

See it if you're looking for fun-for-the-whole-family. SSP is aimed at kids. Its cleverness will hold adults, but it is grating. Song quality varies!

Don't see it if you want sophisticated fare. SSP is broad, loud, in-your-face, over-the-top. Sometimes charming. Some good performances. Some great effects.

Also This show should only be seen by its target audience...meaning fans of... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Funny, Intelligent

See it if a fun show , good story behind it. Very good directing and staging. Not just for kids but for everyone of all ages.

Don't see it if it can be silly, not for the serious theater goer. If you are not into shows like school of rock, or any show that has kids themes too it.

Delightful, Quirky, Upbeat, Funny, Refreshing

See it if Happy cartoonish fun. Pleasing song and dance. Charismatic actors. Immersive set. Helps to go with a kid who knows the references.

Don't see it if You are looking for something more serious, or have no exposure to the TV show.

Entertaining, Great staging, Quirky, Clever, Dizzying

See it if Knowing exactly who it is & what it wants to say, SpongeBob is quite charming Fabulous! set & engaging ensemble go a long way to win us over

Don't see it if Too long for it's own good With too many songs extending a flimsy book it skirts dangerously close to eye-glazing But kills it in the finale

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,

Colorful, Multi-talented performers, Great puns, Weak plot, 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.

Ambitious, Clever, Great staging, Funny

See it if Busy and joyful pollination of "Starmites," "Bed Bugs," and "The Little Mermaid." Clever sets and costumes. High energy.

Don't see it if Created for adult pocketbooks, but kids will dig the silly. Highfalutin this isn't.

Spunky and highly entertaining - but mindless - musical evoking the delightful sponge and his weird underwater community

See it if full Broadway treatment - wonderful sets, costumes, dance, orchestra, super-kinetic performance by Ethan Slater as Bob

Don't see it if though like TV show humorous & whimsical, ultimately succumbs to standard Bdway shtick: silly plot, rock concert finale; meh music

Funny, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful, Colorful

See it if it help to know Sponge Bob a little. Have a break from life and its funny. you like musical.

Don't see it if hate musical, bright colorful, and if you hate Sponge Bob.

Also This was funny and love the bright colorful clothes and stage. The sta... Read more Read less

Excruciating, Indulgent, Insipid, Overrated, Over produced

See it if You enjoy being blasted out of your seat by amped music so loud your ears are assaulted !

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy musicals in which the set and costumes and special effects are more entertaining than the actors !

So. much. fun.

See it if Like a preposterously creative venture that's just goofy, silly fun.You start smiling when you enter & will wear grin long past standing O.

Don't see it if Don't want a show that's based on a cartoon. This is for the kid in U. Perhaps read about characters before you go, but it's not mandatory.

Also What I knew about SpongeBob beforehand would have fit on a stamp. Had ... Read more Read less

Great staging, Quirky, Funny, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You want a fun evening out. The story is banal, but the production is quirky and fun, go for the entertainment.

Don't see it if You want a strong and interesting story, it's designed for kids, so bring them, but don't expect a lot of depth

Banal, Disappointing, Great acting, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if you loved the tv series, are under 15, are taking your grandkids.Costumes are amazing.Performances are good.Music by committee didn't work

Don't see it if you are looking for a show that has something to say, has more than a 1 joke script, has interesting score.It is a mindless kids' show.

Fluffy, Disappointing, Fluorescent, True to the source, Touristy

See it if you think SBSP is worth turning into a live action musical. It's as well designed as a grating cartoon w/ the humor geared to kids can be.

Don't see it if you weren’t remotely interested but had second thoughts after Gavin Lee’s spectacular tap number @ Tonys. That's the best of this show.

Also The only other number that might sort of come close is T.I.’s plankton... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Quirky

See it if You like a mix of sig spectacle and intimate songs. You like clever staging and wondrous costumes and intricate timing.

Don't see it if You want profound. You dont like spectacle. You want a strong or unique story.

Also There was a constant shift from Spectacle (which I could live without)... Read more Read less

Great staging, Dizzying, Fun

See it if you're willing to indulge your inner child or are accompanied by a child. More enjoyable than I expected due to the inventive staging.

Don't see it if you're looking for something substantial tho there are positive messages sprinkled throughout.

Fun, Silly, Colorful, Great performances, Shallow

See it if you just want to have fun, feast your eyes on a colorful set and be entertained by a talented cast.

Don't see it if You prefer meaty characters and complex plots.

Entertaining, Great staging, Clever, Colorful, Upbeat

See it if you are a SpongeBob fan and/or need to escape from the land-based world, love bright colors & unusual characters including a happy main one

Don't see it if you need a deep plot because this story is definitely in line with simplistic cartoon plots that have happy endings

Also I knew of SpongeBob years ago but didn't know the characters. I had a ... Read more Read less

Refreshing, Quirky, Great design

See it if // This is the most fun I've had at a Broadway show in a long time. Sure, it's not intellectual, but it's a great time. Perfect for all ages

Don't see it if you're not familiar with the show or if you'd rather see something more serious.

Entertaining, Great staging, Spectacle

See it if You want to be dazzled by the costumes & the sets. Inventive. Always something to look at. Some of the dancing (tap) is terrific.

Don't see it if you want a good story. This is disappointing ...bad guy vs good guy who wants to save town (has fat friend). Been there, done that.

Also Gavin Lee is outstanding.

Entertaining, Enchanting, Dizzying, Great staging, Quirky

See it if You want to be immersed in a delightful alternative world; are/ was a fan of the show; have children with you

Don't see it if You want serious drama

Also I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this having never seen the show ... Read more Read less

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

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

Entertaining, Delightful, Funny

See it if Huge production with the works (large set, lots of dancers, great pop music) for a fun, light time. Mentions climate change & female power.

Don't see it if Only enjoy serious musicals with deeper meanings. Over the top / "so extra" productions annoy you. Knowledge of characters helps.

Also Ticket from in-person rush for $30.

Great acting, Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever, Delightful

See it if A surprising well executing family play which took me by surprise. I loved it.

Don't see it if you don't like family musicals, this won't be your kind of play.

Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Fluffy

See it if Want to be truly entertained - great music, singing, staging, direction, sets, costumes. So much fun.

Don't see it if Looking for something serious - this is pure entertainment people!

December 4th, 2017
"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'-...
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December 4th, 2017
"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 Zi...
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December 4th, 2017
"It’s a truly gloomy soul who’ll be able to leave without mirroring the dopey grin with which the show’s absorbent yellow hero responds to his buddy’s existential angst...Under the joyfully maximalist hand of Tina Landau, Bikini Bottom gets the more-is-more-is-more-is-more treatment — with a DIY ...
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December 9th, 2017
"In heavy times, we can all use a little nonsense. (The good kind)...Here’s where the real twist comes: the show is very good. This is largely thanks to Tina Landau, its conceiver and director, who fills the stage with visual wit, from giant Rube Goldberg machines that spit out bouncy boulders to...
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