6 Reasons You'll Fall In Love With The "SpongeBob" Musical

Yes, the most exciting show on Broadway right now is based on a Nickelodeon cartoon.

1. It's the closest you'll come to seeing a cartoon in real life.

2. Ethan Slater is delivering a career-defining performance.

3. Every character gets a moment to shine.

4. Hearing Jai'Len Christine Li Josey sing is a religious experience.

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Look, I realize this is going to sound overly gushy, but 19-year-old Jai'Len Christine Li Josey has one of the greatest voices I have ever heard on Broadway. She plays Pearl, Mr. Krabs' whale daughter, so she's not exactly central to SpongeBob, but the moments when she gets to display the full power of her voice are some of the show's most transcendent. You can hear it in the audience — there are literal gasps and shouts of approval when she sings. Watch the video above to experience Josey's jaw-dropping vocals, but it doesn't really do her justice. Hearing her sing live truly gives me chills every time, and that's worth the price of admission alone.

5. The score is eclectic and exciting.

6. It's a lot deeper than you'd think.