RYAN: SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS started performances
at the Palace Theatre less than three months ago, and star Ethan Slater has already got
audiences and critics alike buzzing about Bikini Bottom. The Broadway newcomer has been
involved with the Tina Landau-directed take on the Nickelodeon hit cartoon since the beginning.
It’s clear, from his physical comedy to his strong stage presence, that he knows the
character of SpongeBob SquarePants inside and out. We sat down with Slater to discuss
making a splash in his Great White Way debut. –You are the number one debut of the year. –What? That’s that’s so cool. Thank you. Oh, man. Thank you so much. I’m so honored to be honored with this. Playing Spongebob
has improved my life in so many ways. The biggest one probably is just you know his inherent optimism has changed the way I wake up in the morning , and it sounds sort of cheesy to say but it’s really true, like I maybe it’s because
I’m fulfilling a lifelong dream of being on Broadway, but I’d like to think
it’s also because every night I get to inhabit this character. It’s made me
more optimistic and more joyful and appreciate my relationships more. Actually
something really cool that my fiancee I said to me the other day was, she said it’s really special that you get to save the world every night because this is
a world that often feels like it needs saving for different reasons and it’s
a really special thing not just for, not just for me, but also to be able to share
with this company and with this audience is saving the world through this
message of love and community eight shows a week. It does change my outlook on
life and it does change the way that I feel. And I’d like to think that I can share
that with people now which is really special. –[Ryan V/O] Slater has been involved with
SpongeBob SquarePants for five years. He revealed what it’s been like to bring the project from its early days to the Great White Way. –I mean it’s totally
surreal. I have to check in once in a while with Danny, who has also been working on it for five years and we’re just like hey we’re doing this on Broadway
now. Like this is it’s real it’s like it’s amazing it’s so it’s so incredible.
It’s everything we thought that it would be but like times a million.
You know something like that? It’s been a good year. I’ve had a good year
there have been a lot of ups and downs in the world but 2017 has been a really good year.