Monday, June 04, 2018

'SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical' Soaks Up Six Wins At 2018 Drama Desk Awards

Nickelodeon's smash hit SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical was the big winner of the 2018 Drama Desk Awards, earning six wins at the June 3 ceremony hosted by Michael Urie at Town Hall in New York City, including Outstanding Musical and Outstanding Director of a Musical for Tina Landau!

The show, based on Nickelodeon's beloved animated series, also received wins for two of its performers: title player Ethan Slater and featured actor Gavin Lee (Squidward Q. Tentacles).

Below is a list of awards SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical picked up at the 63rd Annual Drama Desk Awards. A full list of 63rd Annual Drama Desk Awards winners can be found at

Outstanding Musical
SpongeBob SquarePants

Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Ethan Slater, SpongeBob SquarePants

Outstanding Director of a Musical
Tina Landau, SpongeBob SquarePants

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Gavin Lee, SpongeBob SquarePants

Outstanding Set Design for a Musical
David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants

Outstanding Wig and Hair
Charles G. LaPointe, SpongeBob SquarePants

Check out the acceptance speeches and reactions from the cast and crew below!:

Tina Landau, winner for Outstanding Director of a Musical for SpongeBob SquarePants:
“[I thank] my cast, my heroes for always being game. … This award is a recognition about what our show’s about and what we hold dear as a production the power of community … the need for joy in our lives always and now more than ever.”

In the press room: “I didn’t think we were going to get nominated for any awards at all. Period. Across the board. I just thought we weren’t that kind of show with that stamp of approval. So the first thing that shocked me were the reviews when we opened and the second thing was this wave of awards. It’s all icing on the cake because I’m so proud of this show, I’m so proud of what happens in that theatre every night with our audiences. I didn’t expect any of this, wasn’t wanting it, wasn’t hoping for it and what a surprise and how wonderful.”

Charles G. LaPointe, winner for Outstanding Wig and Hair for SpongeBob SquarePants:
“Thank you very much Drama Desks for recognizing our category and what we do. I get to work with my friends every single day. … I want to especially thank Tom Watson for teaching me to do what I do.”

Gavin Lee, winner for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for SpongeBob SquarePants:
“Oh my God I’m so excited. … SpongeBob SquarePants on Broadway, who’d have thought. I had the same reaction you did when I first got my audition but boy was I wrong. It’s just the best show on Broadway to watch and to be in. We have the happiest family over at the Palace Theatre and it all starts with Tina Landau; she truly is the best leader of a company I’ve ever had. I also finally get to dance Chris Gattelli choreography. … Thank you so much Drama Desks, this is fantastic.

Ethan Slater, winner for Outstanding Actor in a Musical for SpongeBob SquarePants:
“I’m thoroughly blown away. … I think this show became something more than it had any right to be at the beginning and that’s because each step of the way we just tried to make it the best we possibly could. At the Palace Theatre I have some of the best friends. … Lilli Cooper and Danny Skinner, we get to save the world every night and that is an utter privilege.”

Later in the press room: “The first thing I did was text Danny because he’s been texting me, 'Do you know who won?' We’re freaking out via text at the moment. That feel particularly good because we’ve poured a lot of energy and positivity and creativity into this show that could be way less than what it is, and I think we’ve created something surprising and special and it’s an acknowledgment of the work of the whole company, not the individuals doing it, but the way we worked together and that’s what the show’s about.”

Susan Vargo, winner for Outstanding Musical for SpongeBob SquarePants:
“Before any of you people asked why we wanted to do this, we asked ourselves how and then we found the incomparable Tina Landau. Every human who has come in contact with our show has brought an open mind and an open heart and every inch of optimism they had.”

A huge congratulations to the cast and crew of SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical! :)

Make sure to tune into The View on Tuesday, June 5 at 11am ET/PT for a special performance of "(Just A) Simple Sponge"!

In additional news:

- Ethan Slater was really named Favorite Leading Actor In A Musical and Favorite Breakthrough Performance at the 2018 Audience Choice Awards!:

He is NOT a simple sponge!

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- Ethan Slater was recently named Outstanding Actor In A Musical at the 2018 Outer Critics Circle Awards!:

The Tony-award nominated SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical is now playing at the Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway at West 47th Street). For full information, reviews and tickets, visit

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