He may live in a pineapple under the sea, but now SpongeBob SquarePants is popping up to our world for a musical adventure.
The fan favorite Nickelodeon series is making the jump to theater with The SpongeBob Musical, which recently made its debut at Chicago's Oriental Theatre. But don't worry if you can't make it to the Windy City, because Entertainment Weekly's provided a first look at the cast and set pieces.
The new musical stars Ethan Slater as the heroic (and completely goofy) SpongeBob, who's on a quest to save his home of Bikini Bottom from an impending volcanic eruption. Of course he's not alone, with cartoon favorites like Patrick Star (Danny Skinner), Sandy Cheeks (Lilli Cooper), Squidward (Gavin Lee), Mr. Krabs (Carlos Lopez) and Plankton (Nick Blaemire) all set to appear.
The cast members are recognizable as their cartoon counterparts despite obvious differences in the visual translation from screen to stage. They aren't rocking silly animal costumes, but their attire accurately captures the animated world of SpongeBob SquarePants. And that world is further brought to life with impressive production design, filled with the bright colors and signature seaside style of the original series.
Fans can look forward to a lot more than cool costumes and impressive sets in The SpongeBob Musical. The new show boasts original songs from the likes of Aerosmith, John Legend, Sara Bareilles, Cyndi Lauper, Lady Antebellum, T.I. and even the late, great David Bowie.
The SpongeBob Musical is currently running at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago, with a Broadway premiere expected next season. Would you see this cartoony musical? Let us know in the comments.
[Source: Entertainment Weekly]