THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL will open in March at the Metropolitan Performing Arts

The stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic musical, as SpongeBob SquarePants and all of Bikini Bottom face total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos breaks out. Lives are at stake. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world! The SpongeBob Musical is based on the beloved animated series created by Stephen Hillenburg and includes a book by Kyle Jarrow, with original songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alexander Ebert of ‘Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady A, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants and TI, and songs by David Bowie, Tom Kenny and Andy Paley. Additional lyrics are by Jonathan Coulton, with additional music by Tom Kitt. The musical production was designed by Tina Landau.

The production features MPA students ages 12-22 who are part of the musical theater program. The show is directed by MPA Artistic Director Kristin Heller, with musical direction by Emily Skeen and choreography by Kemba Shannon and Shannon Jung. “This show will be the biggest production we have produced since before Covid. These kids work so hard, and it was wonderful to watch them reach new heights.” “I hope what this cast, crew, and creative team have brought to audiences will inspire that kindness and understanding make a change. Those differences that can divide us should lead us to growth. From the outside, this show is funny, crazy and a bit electric, but beneath the surface of the bright colors, it sends a message.” – Kristin Heller

Performances last just two weekends, with limited seating inside the Metropolitan Performing Arts black box theater. All guests over the age of 12 must present proof of vaccination or a negative covid test within 48 hours of the event. Masks are still mandatory inside the theater.

Tickets for The SpongeBob Musical are $14 (student/senior/military), $18 (general admission) and $5 (arts for all/SNAP). All tickets are $12 on March 27 for the Family Day matinee performance. Pride Night is April 2 where a portion of all ticket sales will be donated to the Queer Youth Resource Center. Performances take place on Fridays and Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m., from March 25 to April 3. Tickets are available online at www.MetropolitanPerformingArts.org. The SpongeBob Musical is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC. www.concordtheatricals.com.www.concordtheatricals.com.