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The SpongeBob Musical: It’s Not Guys in Big Foam Costumes

By Jazmine Chartrand



The SpongeBob Musical…I know what you’re thinking.  It’s going to be a lame musical for kids where the people on stage are wearing silly, bulky costumes made out of foam.



It’s something totally new. You’re immersed in a Bikini Bottom made of found objects that might sink to the bottom of the ocean- blue pool noodles, beach balls, pipes & tubes, tires, food cans, kiddie pools, hula-hoops, and garlands of flip flops. The characters themselves are just people dressed in normal clothes with special tweaks to make their characters come to life. There’s so many things about this musical that make it different.

They bring everything you expect.

That one fish that always shouts, “My leg!” in the show? He’s there. That French narrator dude? He’s there too. Sandy makes random similes about life. They do karate (or care-rah-tay). There’s jokes for adults and kids alike. The creators of the musical tried to jam-pack this thing with the details that make the TV show worthwhile. SPOILER ALERT: A certain number one fan of SpongeBob‘s is there to see the musical as well.

The music is unique.

The whole score is basically one big collaborative love letter to SpongeBob by renowned musical artists like Aerosmith, Panic! At The Disco, Cyndi Lauper, and John Legend to name a few. There’s even a song by David Bowie. The musical includes a bunch of different styles and genres of music just like the TV show.  And to set the mood while your finding your seat, the musical includes quirky little tunes on bongo drums and kazoos.

It’s fun!

Yes! Really! It’s fun to watch, cheer, and kinda participate in the show. It’s like you’re inside Bikini Bottom with them instead of watching it on a screen. You can’t help but smile when Patrick and SpongeBob sing a song about being BFFs or when men in pink flapper costumes dance across the stage. The show pushes the theme to find the best in all situations, even the bad ones, and to stick with your friends when they need you the most. The show’s co-creator and director, Tina Landau, says, “SpongeBob is a presence and a spirit that is here to say ‘Lets have the best day ever'” and the show truly gives you that.

spongebob 2I recommend this musical to both children and adults alike.

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“Girl in a Band”- A Title that Needs to Fade Away

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Kim Gordon is a successful songwriter, fashion designer, director, actor, author, mother, artist and musician, all in all this woman can do everything; so why is she still being called the “girl in the band?”.

Gordon’s span of rock and roll exceeds 30 years of hard work, but even with the release of her memoir last month, Girl in a Band: A Memoir, she’s still considered as such. In 1981, Gordon found her place in New York City with then boyfriend, Thurston Moore and friend, Lee Ranaldo. The trio began Sonic Youth soon after and the first couple years of the band was like Spinal Tap, going through a handful of drummers until they settled six years later with Steve Shelley. Sonic Youth was rocking during the punk phase in the 80s, kicking it to the alternative rock in the 90s, and are living legends in the new millennium. They are the “godfathers” of American rock underground. But as of now, the group is on hiatus to expand other creativity. As for Gordon, she has started a new rock band “Body/Head” with Bill Nace.

Gordon has sparked other women to carry out their rock and roll dreams. Just recently, Gordon was interviewed by Carrie Brownstein, a very successful rocker as well as an Emmy winner. Brownstein is the co-creator of Portlandia and has revived her all girl-rock band, Sleater-Kinney; just recently the band has released their first album since 2005. Their interview is filled with insight to Gordon’s memoir and her side of things as well as attempts to fill an hour of awkward silences.

Kim Gordon isn’t just a girl in a band; she’s a songwriter, author, artist and hard-rocking bassist that has been fighting stereotypes and society’s (and rock and roll’s) standards. She has proved time and time again that she can kick some ass and she isn’t afraid to do so. Gordon is an artist that has no limits and she’s been battling this label for over 30 years that desperately needs to fade away.

Jess Samson

Tune in to WCRX 88.1 FM every Thursday night 7-9pm Rebel Rock Radio with Jess Samson. 

Iceland 2014 Documentary [LISTEN]

The Radio Department’s Covering International Festivals: Iceland class wrapped up, and that means our documentary about Icelandic culture is now available for YOUR listening pleasure. Check it out right here, right now for stories about Icelandic sports, how climate change is affecting Iceland, the LGBT community, gender equality, and the whaling controversy. Want more behind-the-scenes action? Check out our main blog for links to all our work, including a trailer, photos, blooper reel, links to our interviews and show reviews, and more. Thanks to Iceland Airwaves and Columbia College Chicago’s Radio Department for a spectacular trip!