We're Legit Excited About "The SpongeBob Musical", Which Is Coming to Broadway This Year

(Joan Marcus ©2016, via The Chicago Tribune)

We know, we know: A musical based on the cartoon "SpongeBob SquarePants" might be hard to get excited about. But tbh, our anticipation for The SpongeBob Musical is seriously building. The reviews of its out-of-town run in Chicago last year were all pretty great. And we'll bet you didn't realize that the score includes original hits by HUGE names like Sara Bareilles, The Flaming Lips, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At The Disco, Plain White T's, T.I., and David Bowie—or that the choreography is by Tony Award winner and all-around god Christopher Gattelli of Newsies fame.

That's why we're happy to hear that the new show will get a Broadway run at the Palace Theatre. Previews start November 6 and the formal opening date is set for December 4.

Everyone's favorite characters (Patrick, Sandy, and Squidward included) make appearances in the show, working together to save their underworld paradise Bikini Bottoms from total annihilation. But, no, the production won't feature the types of giant costumed heads you'd find at theme parks. Instead, it'll take a more realistic approach to the cartoon world:

Ethan Slater as SpongeBob SquarePants with the cast during the show's Chicago run.(Joan Marcus ©2016, via The Chicago Tribune)

Gavin Lee as Squidward Tentacles with dancers during the Chicago run.(Joan Marcus ©2016, via The Chicago Tribune)

Tickets go on sale here on June 26.

TL;DR: No, The SpongeBob Musical won't feature cheesy cartoon character costumes (🙏), and, yes, it will feature some awesome music and choreography.

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