MIDLAND − Absorb the many reasons why “The SpongeBob Musical” is the right show at the right time for audiences at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center.
The award-winning Broadway hit, with stage lighting worthy of the Vegas Strip, will be presented at the MainStage Theater at Midland Center from April 29-May 1 and May 6-8.
“This show is the most amazing musical I’ve ever worked on,” said director Justin Fortunato. “The music alone is a tapestry of some of the biggest names in music over the past 100 years, from David Bowie to Steven Tyler to John Legend, and Sara Bareilles to Panic! At The Disco. And this show is a hodgepodge of musical styles. And frankly, it’s unbridled joy. And unbridled absurdity. These characters live in crazy situations. If you’re a fan of the cartoon, you’ll love it. Even if you don’t ‘ve ever seen the cartoon, you will find yourself in the theater cheering a yellow sponge to overcome the obstacles.”
Adapted from Nickelodeon’s iconic animated series, beloved characters SpongeBob, Patrick, Sandy, Squidward and the rest of the Bikini Bottom gang will come face to face with disaster, until a most unexpected hero rises to save the day.
The Tony Award-winning show became the surprise added bonus of Lincoln Park’s 2021-2022 Highmark season ticket series that the center first announced in July.
Highlighting the timeless topics of friendship, community and the power of unity and inclusion, “TheSpongeBob Musical” represents a unique visual and audio experience for audiences of all ages, said Fortunato, director of the artistic production of Lincoln Park.
With music from other famous artists like Cyndi Lauper, TI and Lady A, “it’s a bright, joyful show about community and friendship and with everything that’s going on in the world, and everything that’s been going on. when we picked this show. We wanted to find a part of our season that would give you a really, really deep laugh. And I can’t remember a time when I laughed that hard at a musical.
A cast of 42 people, mixing students from the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School with a few professional actors, will provide the smiles.
The main cast: Cameron Tino (SpongeBob SquarePants), Adam Stater (Squidward), Connor Vaccari (Patrick), Grace Plassmeyer (Sandy Cheeks), Payton Health (Sheldon Plankton), Joe York (Eugene Krabs), Moriah Cary (Pearl), Brady Patsy (Perch Perkins), Mandie Patsy (Mayor), Connor Bahr (Patchy the Hacker) and Amara Comans (Karen the Computer).
Tickets cost between $18 and $25 at LincolnParkArts.org or by calling 724-576-4644.
Putting an animated series or a film on stage always poses special challenges.
“Cartoons don’t have to follow the rules we follow when it comes to gravity,” Fortunato said. “So it’s so exciting to understand how movement happens in any cartoon, from the sonic experience of sound effects to how we can use the magic of the stage to reimagine that story for the I think a lot of times people hear “The SpongeBob Musical”, they can imagine people on stage with a mascot, and that couldn’t be further from the truth. Just like shows like “Shrek” or “The Little Mermaid,” he took cartooning and elevated it to, definitely my favorite form of entertainment, which is live theater.”
A pop culture institution for more than 20 years and Nickelodeon’s top-rated series, “SpongeBob” offers something for everyone, Fortunato said.
“You’re going to be able to come to this show and experience these cartoon characters brought to life by these artists who do it all,” Fortunato said. “And when you layer on stage the magic that happens in this show, from flying to bubble machines to pyrotechnics with a 16-piece band, it’s honestly the most fun you’ll ever have in a theater. the end of it, I promise – the only guarantee I can make – is that your toes will tap your toes and you’ll have fun and smile as you leave.”
In conjunction with “The SpongeBob Musical”, Lincoln Park announced a donation drive to benefit Allegheny CleanWays.
The musical tells the story of an unlikely hero who saved his underwater home from a volcanic eruption. Throughout the production, audiences see the volcano grow and the landscape change as discarded human household objects are added, representing the pollution of our oceans and rivers. To increase awareness and raise funds for organizations working to protect local waterways, Lincoln Park is launching a reusable branded water bottle and donating $5 from every sale to Allegheny CleanWays, where the mission is.” to engage and empower people to eliminate illegal dumps and waste”. .”
“Live theater helps promote social dialogue and can shine a light on issues in many ways,” said Rick Orienza, Lincoln Park marketing and communications manager. “Despite the absence of oceans in our region, our rivers are so vital. Using our platform to draw attention to the work that the Allegheny CleanWays organization and volunteers do to keep our rivers clean is a small way for Lincoln Park to have a bigger impact on the community other than providing entertainment.
Reusable stainless steel water bottles can be purchased for $20 by visiting LincolnParkArts.org or on site during the show. Water bottle purchases include a “Best Day Ever!” brand sticker.
Scott Tady is entertainment editor at The Times and easy to reach at [email protected].