Tuesday, May 1, 2018

SpongeBob and Sara Bareilles at the Tonys

Posted By on Tue, May 1, 2018 at 12:58 PM

click to enlarge Still from the promo for SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical. - YOUTUBE
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  • Still from the promo for SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical.
Is it us or is this year's Tony Awards lineup more Humboldt than anticipated? For one thing, locally grown songstress/composer/Broadway star Sara Bareilles is slated to co-host Broadway's biggest night on June 10 with Josh Groban (a man with a beard who is evidently also musically inclined but not from here so let's stay focused). And among the nominees announced today is Ms. Bareilles herself as a member of the team credited for composing the score for SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical. And yes, that is a thing. The video below should give you an idea.

The undersea romp picked up a dozen nods, including Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical, Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical and Best Musical. As any fan of the animated sponge will tell you, cartoon creator Stephen Hillenburg is a Humboldt State University alum who drew inspiration from our landscape and burger joints.

Hey, parents: Sounds like there's a whole musical score for our kids to learn and sing over and over and over.

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