He lives in a pineapple under the sea, and now (it's rumored) he has his sights set on the Great White Way. That's right, SpongeBob SquarePants the Musical is in the works. Whether or not it will actually make it to Broadway is another question, but Nickelodeon confirmed with Entertainment Weekly that Broadway is the goal.
So far, we know Tina Landau (Big Love) will direct and the original score will have contributions from big names like Aerosmith, T.I., Sara Bareilles, Lady Antebellum and John Legend.
But here's what we're thinking: SpongeBob LOVES to dance, right? So...wouldn't that mean a musical in his honor should be jam-packed with show-stopping choreography? Since the production is still very much in the works, we figured we'd take the time to make a few...choreographic suggestions. Here goes nothing:
1. Start with a casual boogie to get things warmed up.
2. Give the audience what it expects with a crowd-pleasing SpongeBob wave. (That smize though.)
3. Introduce the leading lady with a classic layout–toe-touch–split combo. (Fishnets not optional.)
4. Bring in the sinister yet loveable villain with...umm...whatever you would call this dance.
5. Incorporate some balletic elements, so everyone knows it's legit.
6. But keep things street with a little high-stepping.
7. Take choreographic inspiration from costume changes...
8. Let things get '70s psychedelic for a bit.
9. Don't forget to bring in the band.
10. And, of course, you're gonna need to bring it aroooooouuuuund tooooown.
I expect choreographic credit in the playbill notes. #yourewelcome
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Isabella Boylston in "The Bright Stream" (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy American Ballet Theatre)
Beloved by ballet fans for her lucid technique and onstage effervescence, by her Instagram followers for the deftly curated photos and videos she shares of her glamorous life, and by fangirl Jennifer Garner for all of the above, American Ballet Theatre principal Isabella Boylston is one of the rare ballet stars who's achieved mainstream fame. A native of Sun Valley, ID, Boylston trained at the Academy of Colorado Ballet and the Harid Conservatory before joining the ABT Studio Company in 2005. She entered the main company as an apprentice in 2006, and attained principal status in 2014. In addition to her successes with ABT, where she dances nearly every major ballerina role, Boylston has served as artistic director of the annual Ballet Sun Valley Festival, which brings high-level performances and classes to her hometown. And speaking of famous Jennifers: Boylston recently appeared as Jennifer Lawrence's dance double in the film Red Sparrow. Catch her onstage with ABT as Manon, Odette/Odile, and Princess Aurora during the company's Metropolitan Opera House season this summer in NYC. —Margaret Fuhrer