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Saturday & Sunday Shows
The Axelrod Performing Arts Academy opens The SpongeBob Musical on
Saturday, November 27, with shows at 2pm and 7pm, and Sunday,
November 28, at 3pm at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center. Based
on the popular Nickelodeon series by Stephen Hillenberg, The
SpongeBob Musical was written by Kyle Jarrow.
debuting on Broadway in 2017, and greeted by The New York
Times as a “ginormous giggle of a show,” The
SpongeBob Musical has come to the Jersey Shore, the perfect
afternoon (or evening) of pure fun for kids and adults. The Axelrod
Academy production reunites two original Broadway cast members,
director Abby C. Smith and choreographer Robert
Taylor Jr., to create this colorful musical theater spectacle.
With an eclectic
score made up of singles by some of today’s most famous pop and rock
artists, the musical includes songs by David Bowie, Cyndi
Lauper, John Legend, Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Yolanda Adams, Lady
Antebellum, Sarah Bareilles and others, with
additional music by Tom Kitt (Next to Normal,
Flying Over Sunset, The Visitor).
role of the happy-go-lucky SpongeBob is Sealth
Grover, his envious BFF Patrick Star is
played by Micah Schachet-Briskin, the
power-hungry Plankton by Quincy Southerland, the nurturing Sandy Cheeks by Giada Garcia,
the grumpy (tap-dancing) Squidward by Aman Tolia,
the money-obsessed Eugene H. Krabs by Brennan Boyce, and his
high-spirited ddaughter Pearl by Adah Christian. Our
host, the President of the SpongeBob Fan Club, is James Henri Jones as
Patchy the Pirate.
elaborate costume design, created especially for this production, is
by Scaramouche Costumes with scenic design by Fred
Sorrentino, lighting design by Indigo Shea, sound
design by Gerry Gironda, projections by Gabriel
Chajnik and props by Susan Bloir. The live
band is conducted by music director Michael Gilch.
Gabriel Chajnik Reinvents Everyone’s
Favorite Holiday Ballet
Contemporary Ballet Theater presents The Nutcracker Rocks, on
the stage of the Axelrod, beginning on December 11. A magical
retelling of a family holiday classic, The Nutcracker
Rocks is based on the original Tchaikovsky score, reimagined
by renowned rockers Alex Rosamilia and Alex
Levine, members of famed NJ band, The Gaslight Anthem.
tradition at the Axelrod, The Nutcracker Rocks springs
from the imagination of AXCBT Artistic Director Gabriel Chajnik,
whose unique take on the original Victorian era story transports its
audience to a contemporary land of brave toy soldiers and sweet sugar
plum fairies. Chajnik directs and choreographs—and creates his own
Uncle Dross is Broadway actor Josh Canfield, also known
as a cast member on NBC’s Survivor. At the Axelrod, Josh
played the Pharaoh in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor
Dreamcoat. Josh appeared most recently on Broadway in Natasha,
Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 and has released a
holiday single, “No Magic at Christmas” (available on Spotify,
iTunes, and Apple Music).
production includes the professional members of AXCBT along with the
young apprentices of the company and students from Axelrod
Performing Arts Academy.
this exciting new production of everyone’s holiday favorite!