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The Rose Theater’s 2022-23 season opened August 26 with the cartoon-turned-musical smash, The SpongeBob Musical, which finds the irreverently square sponge on an adventure to save the world. The show will run through September 18 at Omaha’s Rose Theater. The stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic stage musical, as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world! The SpongeBob Musical is based on the beloved animated series created by Stephen Hillenburg and features a book by Kyle Jarrow.

The show’s musical score features original songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler, and Joe Perry of Aerosmith; Sara Bareilles; Jonathan Coulton; Alexander Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros; The
Flaming Lips; Lady A; Cyndi Lauper; John Legend; Panic! At the Disco; Plain White T’s; They Might Be Giants; and T.I.; and songs by David Bowie, Tom Kenny, and Andy Paley. Additional lyrics are by Jonathan
Coulton, with additional music by Tom Kitt. The musical production was conceived by Tina Landau.

The 70-minute production of The SpongeBob Musical will have performances Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 5:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. through September 18. On Saturday, September 10, American Sign Language interpretation and audio description services will be available at 2 p.m. and a sensory-friendly performance will be presented at 5:30 pm. The show is appropriate for families of all ages. For tickets or to learn more about The Rose Theater, go online to www.rosetheater.org.