Tony nominee Ethan Slater has shared an acoustic cover of "(Just A) Simple Sponge" from SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical on his Instagram in celebration of the holidays. The Tony nominee, who played the affable titular sponge on Broadway—and recently in the Nickelodeon broadcast—lovingly re-named the song "(Not A) Simple Sponge."
Watch Slater perform the cover, and read his holiday message below.
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Last year it felt like I’d lost the sponge, and then this year, we beautifully got the chance to bring him back for @nickelodeon (link in bio). Here is my cover of Simple Sponge, a song that means the world to me. Happy holidays everyone. Here’s to a revitalizing new year.
Nickelodeon's December 7 simulcast of The SpongeBob Musical: Live On Stage! reunited much of the original Broadway company, including Slater, Gavin Lee as Squidward Q. Tentacles, Danny Skinner as Patrick Star, Brian Ray Norris as Eugene Krabs, Wesley Taylor as Sheldon Plankton, and Christina Sajous (who joined the Broadway cast six months into the run) as Sandy Cheeks.
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SpongeBob SquarePants, The Broadway Musical ran at Broadway's Palace Theatre November 6, 2017–September 16, 2018. The musical, which was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, was directed and conceived by Tina Landau with a book by Kyle Jarrow.