The Sporting Life: ‘The SpongeBob Musical’ Edition

Lorenzo Pugliese as SpongeBob SquarePants and Daria Pilar Redus as Sandy Cheeks in The SpongeBob Musical. (Photo by Jeremy Daniel)

One of the most popular childrens’ animated programs in the world is coming to life here in Nashville. Bring the entire family to celebrate friendship and cooperation, and learn the power of unity and inclusion. The critically acclaimed, award-winning The SpongeBob Musical makes its Nashville debut at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Jackson Hall Nov. 5-10. Explore the depths of theatrical innovation in the 2018 Best Musical winner of the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, where the power of optimism really can save the world.

The SpongeBob Musical explodes with energy and features an original pop and rock-infused score by a legendary roster of Grammy® Award-winning songwriters with original songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper & Rob Hyman, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, T.I., Domani & Lil’C and songs by David Bowie & Brian Eno, and by Tom Kenny & Andy Paley, with additional lyrics by Jonathan Coulton and additional music by Tom Kitt. The Original Cast Recording is available now from Masterworks Broadway wherever music is sold and streamed.

SpongeBob SquarePants launched on July 17, 1999 and has reigned as the number-one kids’ animated series on TV for the last 17 years, generating a universe of beloved characters, pop culture catchphrases and memes, theatrical releases, consumer products, a Tony award-winning Broadway musical and a global fan base. SpongeBob SquarePants is the most widely distributed property in Viacom International Media Networks history, seen in more than 208 countries and territories, translated in 55+ languages, and averaging more than 100 million total viewers every quarter. SpongeBob SquarePants was created by Stephen Hillenburg and is produced by Nickelodeon in Burbank, Calif. The character-driven cartoon chronicles the nautical and sometimes nonsensical adventures of SpongeBob, an incurable optimist and earnest sea sponge, and his undersea friends.

Led and conceived by visionary director Tina Landau (2018 Tony Award nominee) and a Tony Award®-winning design team, the production brings the spirit of SpongeBob to life with humanity, heart, and pure theatricality. The Spongebob Musical features a book by Kyle Jarrow, orchestrations and arrangements by Tom Kitt, musical supervision by Julie McBride & Tim Hanson, and choreography by Christopher Gattelli. The design team includes scenic and costume design by David Zinn, lighting design by Kevin Adams, projection design by Peter Nigrini, sound design by Walter Trarbach, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe, make-up design by Joe Dulude II, foley design by Mike Dobson, and casting by Stewart / Whitley.

Tickets on sale now at TPAC.org, by phone at 615-782-4040 and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick St. for performances: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, November 5, 6 and 7 at 7:30pm; Friday, November 8 at 8pm ; Saturday, November 9 at 2 pm and 8pm; and Sunday, November 10 at 1pm and 6:30pm.

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