Kendyle Laesch ‘22, Photo Editor
Who lives under the pineapple under the sea? Yup, you guessed it, that would be Spongebob Squarepants. Not only can the original cartoon Spongebob Squarepants still be caught on Nickelodeon, it can also be found on Broadway. In 2015, the first ever Spongebob Squarepants Broadway Musical was performed, and it is still being performed to this day.
From Dec. 24 to Dec. 29, the Spongebob Musical had showings at Detroit’s Fox Theatre, which is located in Downtown Detroit.
Despite the theatre only being half occupied during the show, there were still many who enjoyed performance. Sophomore Grace Pucher was one of the audience members. Pucher said, “The Spongebob musical was amazing! The people who played the characters did a great job at making them just like how they are on TV, and it just felt like you were watching a Spongebob special on TV. The songs were great too; I am definitely going to download the album. I just wish they would of had Mrs. Puff on more and would of kept Boys Who Cry as Pearl’s favorite band. Overall it was a great experience.” The musical was almost identical to the real deal which was very pleasing for Spongebob fans, and unshockingly, many called it an amazing musical.
Sophomore Leah Richardson said, “I don’t plan on seeing the musical, but I have been hearing that the tech crew and light people are very skilled, which should make for an absolutely incredible sight on stage.” Her predictions were correct, the backbones to the musical—lights, sound effects, and props—were executed perfectly with not a single mistake for the whole show.
Now, we cannot forget about the orchestra. The conductor was incredibly focused, and the tune of the band was never pitchy. The instruments went together with the singers’ strong vocals perfectly.
There were many factors that glued the musical together so well, and there were no obvious flaws in the show. It is clear that hours of rehearsals and practice was put into it, and the performers’ hard work truly paid off. Every squeak was aligned with every step and no one fell off the stage. Overall, Spongebob Squarepants: The Broadway Musical was an enormous success.
Photo by Kendyle Laesch