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The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage!

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Impressive visual production wows amid underwhelming story.

Movie G 2020 104 minutes
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What this stage production offers in visual appeal offsets a story that sometimes gets lost in its own multiple directions. It begins with SpongeBob's appeals to his boss, Mr. Krabs (Brian Ray Norris), for management consideration at the Krusty Krab, then swerves unexpectedly into a volcanic devastation plot, drops in Sheldon's maniacal scheming to accelerate the disaster for his own gain and Squidward's efforts to stay relevant, distracts Patrick with a bizarre fan club of sardines, and winds up with an unexpected hero attempting to save the day. It's not a seamless story by any means, and it's often really silly, but it does entertain with quality musical performances and impressive visual effects.

Parents who (are willing to) watch alongside their kids may find The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage! a helpful means of introducing them to the concept of stage performances through characters they already know. This production does an excellent job recreating Bikini Bottom and its colorful inhabitants through costumes, creative stagecraft, and physical acting that truly impresses in parts. Slater is good in the lead role, and Sajous delights as Sandy, but Lee owns the stage as the multi-tentacled Squidward whenever he's around. Ultimately the story is secondary to the visual and musical components in this production that has potential to entertain a range of ages.

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