SpongeBob SquarePants musical sets Broadway closing date
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical
Broadway's trip down to Bikini Bottom is about to come to an end.
Producers of SpongeBob Squarepants: The Broadway Musical announced Sunday that the inventive production will end its run at New York's Palace Theatre on Sept. 16, less than a year after its December 2017 opening.
SpongeBob will have played 327 official performances and 29 previews when it takes its final Broadway bow. Producers attributed the close to "previously planned theatre renovations" at the Palace, but it was also reported that the musical was underperforming financially.
Directed by Tina Landau and based on the hit Nickelodeon animated series of the same name, SpongeBob featured a book by Kyle Jarrow and a score from a deep roster of music stars like Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T's, They Might Be Giants, and T.I.
The production, which received generally positive reviews from critics, earned 12 nominations at this year's Tony Awards — including ones for best musical and actors Ethan Slater and Gavin Lee (who play SpongeBob and Squidward, respectively). It won one prize, for David Zinn's scenic design.
Amateur licensing rights for the show will be available in early 2019, while a national tour is being planned for that fall. More details on the tour, including cities and casting, will be announced at a later date.