A “Spongebob SquarePants” Musical Is in Development

Making Broadway musicals based around properties that are already very popular is nothing new. “Wicked” and “The Lion King” have become two of the highest grossing musicals in the history of Broadway. Therefore, it makes sense that this formula will be tried again. However, this time the star of he show will be a cartoon character from a kids show on Nickelodeon. SpongeBob SquarePants will be getting his own musical on Broadway. The show will debut on the Great White Way on December 4th. The show has actually already premiered in Chicago. The same cast will be playing all of their same parts in the Broadway production.

 

Some very famous and talented musicians will also be lending some of their songs to the production. The late David Bowie had already agreed to have one of his songs in the show before his death last year. He provided the voice in a SpongeBob show and had been friendly with the producers ever since. Cyndi Lauper, Lady Antebellum, John Legend and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler are other artists who have already committed to be a part of the project. “SpongeBob SquarePants” has been one of Nickelodeon’s most popular original shows in the history of the channel. The network has made millions of dollars selling merchandise associated wit the character.

 

Info about the plot of the show has not been made available. It is unclear if the musical will follow any plots that have been taken directly from episodes of the show. There were rumors that the New York City production of the show will be different than the Chicago version. However, nothing has been confirmed as of yet. Nickelodeon has been in talks to do a musical starring SpongeBob for many years. However, people involved with the network were not happy with the scripts that were being presented to them. The finally found a script that they believed would be a hit with audiences and went into production last year.

 

 

 

Play Makes History as First Olivier-Winning Production with a Trans Protagonist

Art usually represents social progress before other mediums, and theater has certainly done that for the LGBTQ community recently with its history-making Rotterdam play. This is the first Olivier-winning play that has a transgender person as a protagonist.

 

This is a British play, and it tells the story of members of the LGBTQ community and their path towards love. The play debuted in New York, and it was successful.

 

It is no secret that plays and other art forms have tackled issues of sexuality and identity, but this new play tackles these subjects through the eyes of members of the LGBTQ community. The playwright, Jon Brittain, has been slowly weaving in characters from this community throughout his plays but did not write a story centered around this issue until recently.

 

Brittain said that it started because many friends came out to him as transgender, and this propelled him to tell this story. He knew there was a problem in the theater and that members of this community were not represented properly. He was careful to write a story that was honest and respectful to the community.

 

The play premiered in London in 2015, and it was almost universally accepted as one of the best pieces of work at the time. Of course, Brittain believes that this is only the beginning. Everyone is starting to notice that more and more people are letting go of their prejudice against members of the LGBTQ community.

 

Now, this does not mean that Brittain believes that the fight is over as there are still many hurdles to pass, but progress is being made, and this play is just one small example, which should hopefully give many people hope.

 

Brittain was surprised that his play won the Olivier, but the award was just the icing on top of the cake. The truth is that he just wanted his play to spark a conversation regarding the LGBTQ community, which is all that matters to him.

 

Still, there is no doubt that he was honored his play received the Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre Olivier award, which has only made the play more coveted. This does not only mean success. It also means more exposure, which should propel the conversation further.

 

Glenn Close Stops Broadway Show After Fan Takes Photos

Glenn Close gave a show-stopping performance—literally—at a showing of Sunset Boulevard this week at the Palace Theatre. Close, who is currently starring as faded film star Norma Desmond in the Broadway revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, startled audiences when she chastised a fan for taking photos during her performance. Close had been in the middle of her first song “With One Look” when she spotted a fan taking illegal photographs of her solo. She suddenly halted the production, breaking character to tell the audience: “I’m sorry. Stop the show. Someone there is taking photos. You must know how distracting and disrespectful that is.” Close informed the fan that they could “have a show or have a photo shoot,” but not both at once. She then restarted the ballad from the beginning, this time without any distractions.

 

This is not the first time that Close has halted a performance of Sunset Boulevard. As noted by Playbill, she was also interrupted during the original 1994 Tony Award-winning production of the same musical. Close was descending the show’s iconic staircase when she noticed an audience member taking flash photography. Using language surprisingly similar to this week’s disruption, Close told the fan: “We can either have a press conference or continue with the show.” Audience members responded by giving Close a standing ovation, after which Close resumed the show.

 

While Close may have stopped the same musical twice, there is one actress who remains the most famous show-stopper on Broadway. That title belongs to famous Broadway diva Patti Lupone. During a 2015 production of Shows for Days at Lincoln Center, Lupone was so incensed by an audience member’s texting that she snatched their phone as she exited the stage. Calling the audience member “rude” and “self-absorbed,” Lupone was dismayed enough by the experience that she claimed to be questioning her entire stage career. Luckily she was able to overcome the experience and return to Broadway for War Paint, currently running at the Nederlander Theatre.