On Thursday (Oct. 17), the network announced that the Broadway iteration of the iconic children’s show will be filmed for television in front of a live theater audience as The Spongebob Musical: Live on Stage!
The TV special will reunite original Broadway cast members Ethan Slater, Gavin Lee, Wesley Taylor, Danny Skinner, Brian Ray Norris, Christina Sajous and more with director Tina Landau and the designers behind Broadway’s Fun Home, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Spring Awakening.
“What better way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of SpongeBob SquarePants than to bring this wildly imaginative Broadway musical to Nickelodeon for a wider audience,” Nickelodeon’s evp of live action unscripted and live events Rob Bagshaw said in a statement. “We could not be more excited that fans and families of all ages will now have the opportunity to experience live actors portraying these beloved characters in a whole new way with The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage!”
The Spongebob Musical: Live on Stage! will premiere this December on Nickelodeon.