It's the BEST DAY EVER!!!
Yeah, yeah, yeah there's a SpongeBob Musical. And you know what? It is pretty awesome.
- The fact that this show was critically praised in the preview Chicago run is amazing in itself. Regardless on if you think it's a cash cow, the show does wonders to pay homage to the source material. It goes beyond just being a rerun of the cartoon though.
- "I'm Not a Loser". Squidward gets a show-stopping tap dance number! And yes he has those 4 legs. And yes, he has a bedazzled suit. And yes, Squidward's name comes down in giant lights. And yes, he gets a standing ovation from the audience every performance. And yes, it's the happiest Squidward has ever been. Squidward finally gets his wish to perform on stage and it is fantastic.
- Just to give some perspective on how beloved this number is, a tiny clip was shown at BroadwayCon during the SpongeBob panel, and it still elicited applause from the audience!
- The song "Not a Simple Sponge" is great for fans who like the original characteristics of Pre-Movie SpongeBob. SpongeBob wants nothing more than to save his town because he wants to become manager of the Krusty Krab someday. But as the song goes on, it develops into a realization that what he really wants is to just enjoy his life and that it tears him up to see everyone so scared and worried. Plus, it's implied that SpongeBob is really bothered by the fact that people can't see past his naïve optimism. There's more to him than that. "No I'm Not A Simple Sponge" is a great character analysis of the character.
- Patrick rescuing Spongebob with Sandy's jetpack.
- "Tomorrow Is". Would you have ever expected such a powerful and heart-tugging song in a Spongebob property!?
- SpongeBob climbing to the mouth of the volcano to toss in the Eruptor Interruptor. The mouth itself is an enormous web made of orange ladders, and not only does the actor playing SpongeBob have to climb to the center with very little support, he has to quite literally slip between the rungs as quickly as possible, all while singing a Triumphant Reprise of "(Not a) Simple Sponge". It's by far the most physically-demanding stunt in the show, and it never ceases to impress. "I am not a simple SPOOOOOOOONGE!!!"
- Karen's beatboxing in "When The Going Gets Tough." On the original cast recording, Stephanie Hsu makes some incredible, computer-like noises (which makes sense given that Karen is a computer.)
- In the revised version of "When the Going Gets Tough", Plankton breaks out into an absurdly fast rap that would give Lafayette a run for his money. He and his backup dancers also break out into a badass dance that really must be seen to be believed.
- It's funny as well, but Patrick reaches a ridiculously high note in "Super Sea Star Saviour".
- At the end of "Hero is My Middle Name", Sandy comes across a hostile sign that reads "LAND MAMMALS GO HOME". Thanks to the much needed confidence boost from SpongeBob and Patrick, she promptly karate kicks the sign in half.
- In "No Control", SpongeBob does the splits as he hits the highest note in the song.
- Squidward hitting back at the Electric Skates when they call him a "loser".
- Spongebob saying this to Squidward interrupting his big speech, "IIIIII'M NOOOOOOOT FINIIIIIIIISHED!!!!"
- The fact that Ethan Slater can imitate SpongeBob's iconic dolphin chirp laugh without using Tom Kenny's "throat patting" method. And to do it perfectly in a live show every night? That's damn impressive.
- And speaking of Tom Kenny, they actually got the man himself to reprise his role as the French Narrator on Broadway!
- The televised version kicks it up a notch by casting Kenny in another one of his iconic roles: none other than SpongeBob's number one fan, Patchy the Pirate. Seeing him reprise the role onstage and perform alongside the Broadway cast is what makes this particular performance feel truly special.
- Ladies and gentlefish, the cast performing at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
- The fact that Jai'len Josey, the young actress that plays Pearl in the Broadway production, was only eighteen when she started doing the show. Did we mention that she also has one of the most impressive powerhouse voices in the show?
- The musical was nominated for 12 Tony awards in 2018, including Best Musical, Best Lead Actor (Ethan Slater) and Best Featured Actor (Gavin Lee). Tied with the Mean Girls musical, it was the highest amount of nominations in the whole season.
- Ethan Slater, Gavin Lee and Wesley Taylor performing "You Could Drive a Person Crazy" from Company at the Miscast Gala, arguably the best choreographed performance in the gala's history.
- The primary cast appearing in an actual episode of the television series, SpongeBobs Big Birthday Blowout, wishing the character a happy birthday.