Cayce McCarthy - Arts and Entertainment blogger
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical will be closing on Broadway this September 16th and is planning to take the show on the road. This play was on Broadway for less than a year. The production was supposed to gain up to $18.35 million dollars according to the Securities and Exchange Commission and has not recouped the cost. The musical was developed by Nickelodeon that made its first attempt to have their studio break into the Broadway scene along with other studios who are attempting to adapt their works for the stage.
Nickelodeon explained that despite its closing on Broadway they will take the show on tour to after school and youth programs since kids are the primary audience of SpongeBob. The tour will begin sometime next year of August 2019. Another reason for the show’s ending is due to the fact that the theater it played at, the Palace Theater, will be closing temporarily. The theater is over 105 years old and will be a part of a real estate deal that will redevelop the site. The theater will receive modern updates with a new lobby, dressing rooms, elevators, and an LED marquee.