Presented by the Boch Center Wange Theatre
Based on the series SpongeBob Squarepants by Stephen Hillenburg
Book by Kyle Jarrow
Music by Tom Kitt
Original songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Rob Hyman, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, T.I., Domani, Lil’ C, David Bowie, Brian Eno, Andy Paley, Tom Kenny, Derek Drymon, Mark Harrison, Stephen Hillenburg, Blaise Smith & Tom Kitt
Additional lyrics by Jonathan Coulton
Production conceived and directed by Tina Landau
Choreography by Christopher Gattelli
Music direction by Patrick Hoagland
Music supervision by Julie McBride & Timothy Hanson
Review by Kitty Drexel
(Boston, MA) A theatre professor-friend of mine teaches what she calls the “Parking Lot Rule” to her first level theatre students at New York State college. She says that, if they are reviewing a production, her students should wait until they are in the parking lot to discuss their thoughts on the performance they just watched. It’s a good rule to live by. You don’t know who is listening.
I was taught the “Walls Have Ears Rule” as a wee tot at theatre camp. It’s stayed with me for 25 years. A majority of my performing colleagues know a version of this rule. Its concept is simple and easily taught. The consequences of not heeding the rule can be harsh. Cruel words travel faster than kind words and words travel fast. More on this in a bit.
The SpongeBob Musical currently playing at the Wang Theatre is great fun. The musical is intended to be consumed by fans of the widely popular, dank meme incubating Nickelodeon TV series. It is a heartening comedy that teaches important lessons about friendship, generosity and civic duty. Anyone who isn’t at least peripherally aware of the TV show won’t be able to follow the musical’s fastpaced introduction of characters and subplots. A YouTube search before attending will prepare most adults for the innocent wackiness that the show is known for. Continue reading