Thursday, June 23, 2022

review - THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL - Arizona Broadway Theatre

Elliott Scott Smith, Jazmin Noel Moehring, and Loren Stone
Photo by Timeless Photography
highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

Click here for more information on this production that runs through July 17

"...While the stage musical is cute and has its charms, it's also overlong, with several songs that aren't very good and subplots that are unnecessary....Fortunately, Arizona Broadway Theatre's production is wonderful, with excellent creative elements that are colorful and imaginative, sure-footed direction that excels in ensuring that both the funny and touching moments in the show soar, and it features a perfect cast, including Loren Stone who is superb as SpongeBob....director Stephen Casey and his stellar cast and creative team have done a wonderful job re-creating the colorful cartoon world and energetic nature of the animated characters. With an always sunny disposition, a warm singing voice, and a bright line delivery, Loren Stone is endearing and lovable as the happy-go-lucky SpongeBob. He perfectly embodies the beloved cartoon character with comical mannerisms and facial expressions, an engaging stage presence, and a squeaky voice with a little giggle that sounds exactly like the cartoon character. Elliott Scott Smith is equally lovable and just as adorable as the dimwitted Patrick, and Jazmin Noel Moehring is brassy and bright as the smart, karate-chopping Sandy. They form a fun trio of friends and have very good singing voices that shine on their many songs....even though it's long and some of the songs are just average, you can still find much enjoyment from this energetic and well-cast production of the bright and fun musical comedy."    -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

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