SpongeBob SquarePants and the rest of the gang from Bikini Bottom are getting ready to take their final bow on Broadway.
The famous Nickelodeon cartoon, SpongeBob SquarePants was adapted for the stage and opened on Broadway in December of 2017. However, less than a year after the underwater musical opened, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical has officially announced that the show will be closing on September 16.
Reports that explain the show’s closing are a bit conflicting. While Entertainment Weekly reports that producers for the musical are saying the closure is due to “previously planned theatre renovations” in SpongeBob’s theatrical home, the Palace Theatre, the show has also been reported to be underperforming financially.
Still, the closing announcement does come as a bit of a surprise. At this year’s Tony Awards, the musical managed to walk away with a whopping 12 nominations–including the big ones like Best Musical and Best Actor — and the show won for scenic design.
The musical also boasted a pretty impressive roster of musical talent when it came to the score. Musical legends like Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, The Flaming Lips, and Cyndi Lauper to more modern favorites like Panic! At the Disco, Sara Bareilles, and John Legend came together to give the show a truly legendary score.
So while it might be surprising and a bit of a bummer to see the musical close, especially if you didn’t get to see SpongeBob on Broadway, don’t fret. You can still get a taste of Bikini Bottom translated for live theater.
According to Entertainment Weekly, amateur licenses for the show will be available in 2019, and a national tour for the musical is being planned for fall of 2019. There isn’t any information on specific dates or casting info regarding the national tour just yet, but that information will be released soon.