Monday, September 17, 2018

'SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical' Surpasses One Million Dollars as Audiences Bid Farewell to Bikini Bottom

Teary-eyed audiences might have said goodbye to the Tony-winning Broadway musical SpongeBob SquarePants on September 16 just before residents of Bikini Bottom packed up their dressing rooms at the Palace Theatre. But in its final week on Broadway, the fan-favorite tuner based on the beloved Nickelodeon animated series saw a hearty boost at the box office. The musical took in a gross of $1,052,896.50 USD, up from last week's intake of $828,817.50, filling the Palace to 94.18% capacity, a strong increase from last week's attendance of 80.97%, and marks the musical's second highest-grossing week since it began (and its highest of 2018). This might feel like goodbye to SpongeBob SquarePants for now, but the show will soon delight audiences across the US when it launches a national tour in fall 2019, so there is still plenty to look forward to for SpongeBob and his family of friends. Amateur licensing for the musical is slated to become available in early 2019 as well.

Although it was the final Broadway performance of SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical, the cast, crew and audience made sure that the show went out with a bang, with raucous joy filling the entire theatre. To commemorate the last performance, for the performances intermission, Tom Kenny recorded a special message as his iconic French Narrator character saying “last intermission ever”, at which point, the audience collectively screamed “NOOOOO!”.

Before and following the final performance, the cast and crew of SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical went onto social media to say goodbye to the show, and say thank-you to fans for their support:

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sheldon wanted to play all the parts.

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bye bye, big guy 💚

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three more twerks. 📸 @tinalandau

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The official SpongeBob SquarePants Musical Twitter page says it best, though:

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