Friday, February 19, 2016

Additional Casting Announced For The SpongeBob Musical in Chicago

Announces Additional Casting for the
World Premiere of Broadway Bound

The SpongeBob Musical
in Chicago

Ethan Slater
Nick Blaemire, Lilli Cooper, Danny Skinner
Gavin Lee

Co-Conceived and Directed by Tina Landau
Book by Kyle Jarrow
Music Supervision by Tom Kitt
Choreography by Christopher Gattelli

Performances Begin on Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Limited Engagement through Sunday, July 3, 2016
at Broadway In Chicago's Oriental Theatre

Broadway In Chicago and The SpongeBob Musical are thrilled to announce additional casting for the Chicago engagement. Joining the cast are Gavin Lee as Squidward, Nick Blaemire as Plankton, Danny Skinner as Patrick, and additional ensemble members will include Juliane Godfrey, Jesse JP Johnson, Lauralyn McClelland and Allan K. Washington.

They join the previously announced Ethan Slater as SpongeBob Squarepants, Lilli Cooper as Sandy Cheeks, Gaelen Gilliland, Curtis Holbrook, Stephanie Hsu, L’ogan J’ones, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Mark Ledbetter, Kelvin Moon Loh, Vasthy Mompoint, JC Schuster, Abby C. Smith, Jason Michael Snow.

Additional casting will be announced shortly.

The SpongeBob Musical will begin performances on Tuesday, June 7 at Broadway In Chicago's Oriental Theatre (24 West Randolph Street, Chicago, IL). This is a limited engagement through Sunday, July 3, 2016.

The SpongeBob Musical is co-conceived and directed by Tina Landau with choreography by Christopher Gattelli, book by Kyle Jarrow, music supervision by Tom Kitt.

The SpongeBob Musical will be a one-of-a-kind musical event with original songs by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of AEROSMITH, Jonathan Coulton, Dirty Projectors, The Flaming Lips, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants and T.I., and a song by David Bowie with additional lyrics by Jonathan Coulton.

The design team includes scenic and costume design by David Zinn, lighting design by Kevin Adams, projection design by Peter Nigrini, sound design by Walter Trarbach and casting by Telsey + Company/Patrick Goodwin, CSA.

The SpongeBob Musical will be produced by Nickelodeon with Sony Music Masterworks and The Araca Group.  

Since premiering on Nickelodeon in July 1999, SpongeBob SquarePants has emerged as a pop culture phenomenon.  The series has been the most-watched animated program with kids  for more than 13 consecutive years, and over the past several years, it has averaged more than 1 million total viewers every quarter across all Nickelodeon networks.  As the most widely distributed property in Viacom history, SpongeBob is seen in over 185 countries and translated in more than 50 languages. The Paramount Pictures feature film The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water premiered Feb. 6, 2015, landing at #1 opening weekend and going on to be a major hit globally.  The character-driven cartoon chronicles the nautical and sometimes nonsensical adventures of SpongeBob, an incurably optimist and earnest sea sponge, and his undersea friends.

For more information on The SpongeBob Musical, visit

The SpongeBob Musical will be part of the Broadway In Chicago series. Group tickets for 10 or more are now on sale by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710. Individual tickets for The SpongeBob Musical will go on sale March 13. For more information, visit

NICKELODEON (Producer). For more than 36 years, Nickelodeon has been at the forefront of creating beloved characters and stories that inspire and entertain audiences around the world by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, radio, recreation, books and feature films. As the number-one entertainment brand for kids, Nickelodeon has been at the heart of countless revolutionary TV moments, and it has been home to some of the most legendary cultural hits and iconic characters in television history--SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dora the Explorer, Kids’ Choice Awards, Blue’s Clues, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Hey Arnold!, All That, iCarly and Rugrats.  Nickelodeon has been honored with countless honors, including 84 Emmy Awards. Nickelodeon is seen in more than 450 million households globally, and it has been the number-one-rated basic cable network in the U.S. for 20 consecutive years.  Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB). 

SONY MUSIC MASTERWORKS (Producer) comprises the imprints Sony Classical, Masterworks, OKeh, Portrait, Flying Buddha and Masterworks Broadway. Our artists range from icons to newly developing talents in classical, crossover and adult music, plus new and legendary jazz artists, as well as a vast catalog of musical theatre recordings including classic Broadway shows and original cast albums of today’s Broadway hits, most recently Kinky Boots, Once, If/Then and An American In Paris.

THE ARACA GROUP (Producer) was founded in 1997 by partners Matthew Rego, Michael Rego and Hank Unger.  Broadway producing credits include Urinetown, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Wicked, The Wedding Singer, Boeing-Boeing, Rock of Ages, A View from the Bridge, Lend Me a Tenor, Cinderella, A Raisin in the Sun, Skylight, Disgraced.  Upcoming: world premiere of Ayad Akhtar's Junk at La Jolla Playhouse.  In addition, The Araca Group provides merchandising services for live entertainment and theatrical events on Broadway and around the world.  For more information, please visit

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