Already closed | 2h 30m | Midtown W

SpongeBob SquarePants (Broadway)

From 1,307 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 (1307)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Delightful, Great staging

40
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 !

37
Excruciating, Vacuous, Dumb, For kids only, Amusement park quality

See it if You have TV addicted little kids to entertain while you nap.

Don't see it if You have expectations for even moderate quality music, dialogue, or performances.

Also Though it might at least be witty or fun -- but it was a boring drag. ... Read more Read less

47
Confusing, Juvenile, Insipid, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if your weed dealer hooked you up with particularly strong stuff recently b/c you'll probably need to be high to enjoy this show.

Don't see it if you're sober and/or don't have young children in tow. I found this to be silly, somewhat grating & highly overrated.

Also I had no idea what was happening on stage. Granted, I never saw an epi... Read more Read less

5
Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Overrated, Fluffy

See it if you have no interest in good theater. This is the epitome of what is wrong with modern broadway. Caters to the lowest common denominator.

Don't see it if you like good theater, good music, or want anything but a Times Square "Broadway" show. I hated it so much I left at intermission.

0
Cliched, Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow, Boring

See it if you are a child with a lot of patience

Don't see it if you prefer intelligent plays

Also Even the children in the audience got bored. It is deafening, has no s... Read more Read less

30
Ambitious, Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if you like great costumes, set design and stage lighting

Don't see it if you're expecting a great musical experience

Also I saw this in previews ... and was surprised by some of the favorable ... Read more Read less

48
Banal, Disappointing

See it if you really like spongebob and you really don't care about the structure of a musical or for the show to feel cohesive

Don't see it if you can't stand theatre for young audiences. This fully feels like they're framing every joke for 8 year olds

Also As a huge fan of the cartoon growing up, I genuinely wanted to love th... Read more Read less

0
Abysmal

See it if Don’t

Don't see it if You have self respect

2
Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Overrated

See it if You love the show and don’t know other musicals.

Don't see it if You like musical theatre because this show is truly on the list of top 5 worst shows I’ve seen, with a half superbly talented cast.

17
Slow, Overrated, Fluffy, Disappointing, Cliched

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

Don't see it if you enjoy theatre

10
Childish, empty-headed, idiotic, deriviative

See it if your brain is entertained by bright colors and lots of motion, but can't stand thought.

Don't see it if you think.

Also I never watched the cartoon, and this mindless mush in no way leads me... Read more Read less

40
Ambitious, Quirky, Disconnected, Irrelevant, Fluffy

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

36
Slow, Great singing, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if you like spongebob

Don't see it if you hate spongebob

29
Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if you have nothing else to do and the tickets are free, but then leave at intermission anyway.

Don't see it if you think the story will be as funny as the tv show.

20
Insipid, Excruciating, Disappointing, Stupid

See it if you are a child and you love spongebob.

Don't see it if you care about good theatre and want to watch the whole show (we left at intermission)

40
Banal, Disappointing, Overrated, Great staging

See it if You have kids and want to take them to see something simple but colorful and broadWAY-ish.

Don't see it if You’ve heard this is great even without kids, or expect it to be as funny or witty as the TV classic.

Also I was deeply disappointed by this show. I’d heard it’s great fun and a... Read more Read less

40
Excruciating, Fluffy, Overrated, Bad writing, Disappointing

See it if you are just looking for a way to entertain your young kids on your vacation.

Don't see it if You loved the original spongebob. They tried to force a plot the whole second act. Everyone who knows SBSP knows the plots are meaningless

35
Disappointing, Excruciating, Fluffy, Quirky, Slow

See it if Maybe if you like the tv show or if you want to support some talented actors by keeping them employed. Actor who played spongebob was good.

Don't see it if You’re looking for something with a plot & good music, value your hearing (the female characters all belt with their mics at full volume)

Also The average age of the audience at the production I saw was 10 which p... Read more Read less

22
Disappointing, Slow, Banal, Cliched, Confusing

See it if you have children with you.

Don't see it if you're interested in plot or storytelling.

Also Ethan Slater, Gavin Lee, and company deserve credit for working hard t... Read more Read less

45
Confusing, Great singing, Quirky, Fluffy, Disappointing

See it if you are a big spongebob fan, you don't want to enjoy your self, you like simple, predictable stories

Don't see it if you have sense, you haven't watched spongebob, you want a compelling, complex story, you can think of anything better to do

Also This musical was pretty bad, Ethan was a good singer and played the pa... Read more Read less

25
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying, Overrated

See it if you have kids and they love Spongebob.

Don't see it if absolutely possible.

37
Dizzying, Excruciating, Insipid, Overrated, Indulgent

See it if You love the cartoon. The set is impressive. Festive. Colorful.

Don't see it if This show is ridiculous! Loud, brash, pointless. Too much!!

42
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if You are a huge Spongebob fan.

Don't see it if You are not familiar with the cartoon.

Also This show was so disappointing. I saw it with my teenage daughter who ... Read more Read less

40
Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you like the cartoon, unique theater

Don't see it if you like good musicals

Also This was the most disappointing show I've seen - but I shouldn't be su... Read more Read less

40
Great staging, Banal, Cliched, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if You are a fan of the cartoon; if you enjoy commercialized theater; if you enjoy spectacle over substance

Don't see it if You seek a musical with substance; if you seek a thought-provoking musical; if you don't like unruly audiences, as this show attracts them


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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