Last Sunday, the Spongebob Squarepants musical closed. I saw the show during previews in November, and it was such a joy. I laugh, cried, and cheered. A musical starring anthropomorphic sea creatures contained so much heart. The book writer, Kyle Jarrow, accounted for the age ranges of the audience and wrote a story that resonated regardless of age. Tina Landau, the director, created a unique Broadway experience.
She kept the core elements but imagined a new world. She and her team did not play it safe. They pushed the boundaries of both adaptions and live theater to great success. The innovative costume and set design done by David Zinn, who won a Tony for the later, brought Broadway to Bikini Bottom. I enjoyed every moment, and my only regret is not grabbing a piece of confetti.
Goodbye, Spongebob. You will be missed.
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