Ethan Slater, Lilli Cooper, and Tina Landau on Bringing Bikini Bottom to the Stage

With a book by Kyle Jarrow and a score by Aerosmith, Cyndi Lauper, T.I., John Legend, Sara Bareilles, and more, SpongeBob SquarePants is not a simple musical.

SpongeBob SquarePants and his gang of undersea misfit pals are coming to Broadway's Palace Theatre this winter in a new musical unlike anything audiences have ever seen. Director Tina Landau has completely reimagined the animated world of Bikini Bottom for the stage, while book writer Kyle Jarrow has crafted a story that he describes as "Armageddon meets Our Town." As for the score? It's written by some of the most iconic musicians of this generation: Aerosmith, Cyndi Lauper, and John Legend, among them. What does it take to transform an animated television series into a Broadway musical? Landau, Jarrow, and stars including Ethan Slater and Lilli Cooper, fill us in.

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