The residents of Bikini Bottom are making a serious splash on Broadway, with SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical having received 12 nominations at the 72nd Tony Awards.
Officially the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Broadway Theatre, SpongeBob is equal first for noms this year – with fellow Hollywood crosover show Mean Girls also up for a dozen gongs – including the prestigious Best Musical award.
And it’s a show with some serious music chops behind it, featuring original songs from the likes of The Flaming Lips, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, John Legend, and TI.
Although, those who were hoping to see a show with a sponge in the lead – or, at least, someone pretty heavily decked out in yellow foam – will be a tad disappointed, with SpongeBob (played by Ethan Slater), simply a human wearing a somewhat similar outfit to our loveable cartoon pal.
“To me, he is SpongeBob,” director Tina Landau told Entertainment Weekly.
“He has the heart and the charm of the character, and he has the physical chops and comedic timing to pull off the antics, and he has an amazing ability to become elastic or make it seem that his face is morphing…
“We knew we had to find someone that was everything extreme and out-there and crazy that SpongeBob was, but at the core, was this beautiful, innocent, optimistic heart, and that’s what Ethan is.”
The story sees Bikini Bottom in terrible peril from the imminent eruption of a volcano – no points for guessing who is going to save the day.
Obviously, with the potential to walk away with 12 Tonys to its name, it will come as no surprise the critics have been raving about the show.
The awards are set to be presented on June 10, 2018, with the cast of SpongeBob set to be part of the evening’s entertainment.