The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage! DVD Review

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?  SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS!

The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage! - Image from Nickelodeon and Paramount Home Entertainment

We all know that Bikini Bottom is one of the coolest places to be for any young Nickelodeon viewer, so when our family heard about the new DVD, The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage!, we couldn't resist the chance to check it out.  With old pals like Patrick, SpongeBob, and Sandy Cheeks to name just a few, this new musical adventure brings the characters out of the animated world and onto a stage to share the latest adventure under-the-sea.

Thank you to our friends at Nickelodeon, Paramount Home Entertainment, and Team Click for providing us with a DVD copy to review and share with you! As always, opinions are my own!

The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage! DVD Review

I have to admit that I was personally a little skeptical going into this one.  My son enjoys watching SpongeBob Squarepants, but I wasn't sure how the show would transition to a stage production.  I was surprised how quickly the live performance captivated my little guy and had me smiling and singing along!

The musical tells the story of a volcano about to erupt and the citizens must work together to save each other.  Who will they follow though?  SpongeBob, Patrick, and Sandy Cheeks have a plan to protect Bikini Bottom, but the evil Plankton has a plan of his own.  Will SpongeBob and his friends be able to save the day AND their home?  Or is he really just a "simple sponge"?

While it's admittedly a challenge to bring together such eclectic cartoon characters in a live stage show, the production does incredibly well with costuming to make it very easy to identify each of the characters.  I also noticed that in the sing-a-long version of the show, they have an animated character serving as the bouncing image that follows the words - it was really cute!  I don't think my 5 year old moved a muscle while he watched this and he can't wait to watch again.  There's a number of good songs and, as always, important messages for kids - teamwork, bullying, expectations, and much more.  I think the most powerful takeaway is in the realm of expectations.  There are several characters who battle who they are against what their family or the community expects them to be.  It's an important message for little ones to hear about being true to yourself, and is presented in a way that's easy for them to understand.

If you're in the mood for laughter, love, and lyrical adventures, definitely check out The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage! with your little ones.  It's a great choice that the whole family will enjoy.  The DVD is available to purchase beginning November 3, 2020!

About The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage! (From Nickelodeon)

SpongeBob SquarePants and all of Bikini Bottom bring a party full of heart and humor in The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage!, arriving on DVD November 3, 2020 from Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment.
SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face catastrophe – until a most unexpected hero rises to take center stage to prove that the power of optimism really can save the world. This one-of-a-kind musical event boasts the full, extended-length broadcast of the hit Broadway musical, plus an exclusive sing-along version only available on this DVD! Also featuring a special guest appearance by voice actor Tom Kenny as ‘Patchy the Pirate,’ this is one under-the-sea spectacular that you don’t want to miss.
The SpongeBob Musical: Live On Stage! cast includes Ethan Slater as SpongeBob SquarePants, Gavin Lee as Squidward Q. Tentacles, Danny Skinner as Patrick Star, Brian Ray Norris as Eugene Krabs, Wesley Taylor as Sheldon Plankton, Christina Sajous as Sandy Cheeks and Tom Kenny as ‘Patchy the Pirate.’ The ensemble includes Kyle Hamilton, Katie Lee Hill, Curtis Holbrook, Jesse JP Johnson, L’ogan J’ones, Jai’len Josey, Kelvin Moon Loh, Lauralyn McClelland, Vasthy Mompoint, Bryonha Marie Parham, Oneika Phillips, Jon Rua, JC Schuster, Abby C. Smith, Robert Taylor Jr., and Allan Washington. 
The SpongeBob Musical: Live On Stage! is a musical production conceived and directed for the stage by Tina Landau, book by Kyle Jarrow, orchestrations, arrangements & music supervision by Tom Kitt, with choreography by Christopher Gattelli, produced for television by Austin Shaw, and directed by Glenn Weiss. Nickelodeon’s Vice Presidents Paul J Medford and Susan Vargo serve as executive producers, alongside Senior Vice President of Music & Talent Doug Cohn and is executive produced and overseen by Executive Vice President of Unscripted and Live Events Rob Bagshaw. 
The production features original songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Rob Hyman, John Legend, Panic! At The Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, and T.I. (Clifford Harris, Jr.), Domani Harris, and Darwin Quinn, and additional songs by David Bowie, and by Tom Kenny and Andy Paley. The production also features additional lyrics by Jonathan Coulton and additional music by Tom Kitt, along with “The SpongeBob Theme Song” by Derek Drymon, Mark Harrison, Stephen Hillenburg, and Blaise Smith.
The design team includes scenic and costume design by David Zinn, lighting design by Kevin Adams, projection design by Peter Nigrini, sound design by Walter Trarbach, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe and casting by Telsey + Company/Patrick Goodwin, CSA.
The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage! DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $10.99 U.S.

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