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This show closed on September 16, 2018

About SpongeBob SquarePants

A legendary roster of Grammy Award winners. A visionary director and Tony Award-winning design team. One of the world’s most beloved characters. Turn them loose on Broadway and what do you get?


Brilliantly reimagining the beloved Nickelodeon series, Broadway’s best creative minds bring the musical to life with humanity, heart, and pure theatricality. Be there when SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face catastrophe - until a most unexpected hero rises to take center stage.

Explore the depths of theatrical innovation at SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, where the power of optimism really can save the world!

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Dive into the depths of the ocean with SpongeBob, Patrick, Sandy, and Squidward for the adventure of a lifetime in this inventive reimagining of the Nickelodeon cartoon, complete with a brand new story for Broadway. It’s just an ordinary Bikini Bottom day until things get turned upside down, and the simple sponge must jump to the rescue. When a volcano threatens to destroy the underwater world, SpongeBob sets out to save the day. However, villainous Plankton and Karen are up to no good with a secret scheme to turn the residents of Bikini Bottom against each other, in the middle of a chaotic turn of events.

Under Tina Landau’s innovative direction, with a book by Kyle Jarrow and Landau, the Broadway bow of “SpongeBob SquarePants” uses inanimate objects such as hula hoops, bicycles and balloons to create an epic underworld complete with high-belting whales, tap-dancing squids, and a 1990s-inspired boy band named the Electric Skates.

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What To Watch For

  • Ethan Slater’s favorite “SpongeBob” episode is “Bubble Buddy,” when SpongeBob SquarePants befriends a bubble — even though everyone else looks down upon it.
  • Lilli Cooper had never taken a karate lesson before her audition. In fact, when she was asked to improvise for her audition, she pulled a pencil out of her hair and pretended she was going to chop it in half, but then just broke it on her leg.
  • Before landing the role, Gavin Lee was not a big fan of the TV show. He only watched about ten episodes before starting performances.
  • The show’s score features pop artists like Sara Bareilles, John Legend, Cyndi Lauper, and more, and more than a dozen artists are nominated for a Tony Award for the show’s score.

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Run Time

2hr 30min (incl. intermission)

Start Date

End Date


All ages 4+ Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

SPONGEBOB SAVES THE DAY! Beautifully visualized, deliciously quirky, all shimmering and glittering and inarguably unique.
Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

Palace Theatre

1564 Broadway, New York, NY 10036

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