Spongebob Squarepants, a new musical based on the iconic Nickelodeon cartoon, is headed to Broadway’s Palace Theatre. Previews will begin on November 6 and an official opening scheduled for December 4.
In Spongebob Squarepants, stakes are higher than ever before as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts, lives hang in the balance, and just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage.
- Historically and in the play, Philip died at the age of 19. He lived through 19 songs in the play (Dear Theodosia through Stay Alive [Reprise])
- In his duel with George Eacker, Philip is shot on the count of seven, which is coincidentally the number he changed the melody on during his piano lessons
- “Mom, I’m so sorry for forgetting what you taught me” - perhaps this is a reference to his piano lessons when he was younger. Eliza taught him to count. Philip believes he miscounted, he believes that it was his fault he was shot on what he thought was the count of seven.
- Hamilton died at the age of 47. Including the Laurens Interlude, there are 47 songs in the musical.
- The ensemble member who plays Philip Schuyler, who gives Hamilton his blessing to marry Eliza, also plays James Reynolds, who blackmails Hamilton for sleeping with his wife, Maria.
- The “I know my sister like I know my own mind” line is sung twice by Angelica, once in Satisfied and once in The Reynolds Pamphlet, both with very seperate connotations.
- Hamilton is the first to introduce more intricate, polysyllabic raps (My Shot) as opposed to the simple beats used by Laurens, Mulligan, and Lafayette, showing his intellectual ability and innovation.
- “Fools who run their mouths off wind up dead” is directly followed by Laurens introducing himself.
- Jefferson sings in a jazzy tune because he is quite literally a generation older, in both his ideals and age.
- Lafayette’s increasing grasp on the English language is shown when comparing his verses in Aaron Burr, Sir and Guns and Ships.
- Angelica is the first to sing “look around, look around, at how lucky we are to be alive right now”, which Eliza continues to use throughout her life.
- Angelica raps at Hamilton’s speed because she is his intellectual equal. Eliza beatboxes because she supports him.
- “When my prayers to God were met with indifference, I picked up a pen, I wrote my own deliverence”/ “I take the children to church on Sunday, I sign of the cross at the door, and I pray. That never used to happen before”. Philip’s death drove Hamilton to religion, giving him something to rely on other than his words for the first time.
- Eliza doesn’t rap because she is quite literally given the most time, she lives to be 97.
- Not only did Eliza establish the orphanage, she also helped to establish the first school in Washington Heights. Lin could have included the words “in Washington Heights” as a reference to his other musical, but decided against it.
You know what I realized today? The ensembles in musicals are actually some of the most talented people. I mean, think about it. They can sing, act, AND dance, all while maintaining a character they never got a name for. They often understudy multiple roles, and don’t get as much credit as they deserve. If you’re feeling down because you were cast in the ensemble, put that head up high. Your director casted you in the ensemble because they believe you can create that character. You do more dancing than the main characters most times. Sometimes, you do more singing and acting, often with harder vocal parts because you need different harmonies and melodies. You’re still talented. You’re still worth something. And don’t let anyone, ever, make you not believe that.