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Flashback Friday: Ethan Slater Introduces SpongeBob's "BFF" for the First Time

Slater joined songwriter Tom Higgenson of the Plain White T's onstage in Chicago in 2016.

Broadway's SpongeBob SquarePants will play its final show at the Palace Theatre on September 16 after 29 previews and 327 regular performances, not to mention a pre-Broadway run at Chicago's Oriental Theatre in 2016. But one of the very first tastes fans were given of what was in store was at a February 2016 event where soon-to-be star Ethan Slater took the stage with songwriter Tom Higgenson of the Plain White T's to duet on Higgenson's "BFF."

Though the song was written as a duet for SpongeBob and Patrick, in this early performance Slater and Higgenson gave audiences a charming look at the love and joy that director Tina Landau would make a hallmark of the production.

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