The SpongeBob SquarePants musical is airing on TV and the internet is divided

6 December 2019, 16:47

Jazmin Duribe

By Jazmin Duribe

"I think it’s best to leave cartoons alone."

SpongeBob SquarePants pretty much dominated most of our childhoods, so it only makes sense that the popular Nickelodeon animation is getting a Squidward spin-off on Netflix, and a live TV version of its Broadway musical adaption.

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SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical actually debuted in 2016 and tells the story of SpongeBob's life living under the sea with his pet snail Gary, BFF Patrick, neighbour Squidward and his pal Sandy Cheeks.

Throughout its run, the musical received positive reviews and 12 Tony Award nominations. Panic! At The Disco frontman Brendon Urie even wrote a song – '(Just A) Simple Sponge' – for the musical.

SpongeBob SquarePants.
SpongeBob SquarePants. Picture: Nickelodeon, @Nickelodeon via Twitter

The show closed at the Palace Theatre in September last year, so now Nickelodeon is giving viewers the chance to see it by airing it live on TV. Featuring the original Broadway cast The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage! kicks off on Saturday night (7 December) at 7pm.

Although it had been running for sometime on stage, not everyone is so convinced. In fact, people hate it.

However, SpongeBob stans leapt to the musical's defence.

Nickelodeon responded to the backlash after one Twitter user said the channel should "leave cartoons alone". They said: "Give it a chance. The Broadway musical was loved by everyone who saw it – it was an original plotline with great musical numbers and a cast who really embodied the spirit of the characters. We wanted to share that with everyone so now it's a TV special!"

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