For kids and grown-ups alike, we can’t get enough of, SpongeBob SquarePants. So, to feed our insatiable desire, guess what? They’re making the musical.
If the prospect of a show about being under water is a little hard to, ahem, swallow; then you need look no further than The Little Mermaid, which hit the boards on Broadway in 2008 and has been a huge success.
The musical is being lined up for the 2016-2017 Broadway season. It will debut on June 7, 2016 at, Chicago’s Oriental Theatre, for a four-week run before heading out to it’s eventual home on Broadway.
The list of music contributors is very impressive indeed.
According to Billboard Magazine music is being contributed by this not too shabby line up, including: David Bowie, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, the Flaming Lips, Cyndi Lauper (herself a Tony winner for Kinky Boots), They Might Be Giants, Jonathan Coulton, the Dirty Projectors, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Panic! at the Disco, The Plain White T’s and T.I.
For Bowie, this won’t be his first brush with SpongeBob; back in 2007, he joined the voice cast for the TV movie SpongeBob’s Atlantis SquarePantis, playing the role of the Lord Royal Highness of Atlantis. SpongeBob is a magnet of sorts to rock royalty, and plenty have made SquarePants appearances of one type or another over the years — including Slash, who filmed a brief cameo in the recent big-screen release The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.
The Broadway show, which will be owned and produced by The Nickelodeon Network is being written by Kyle Jarrow with direction by Tina Landau (Bells Are Ringing, Superior Donuts) and music supervision by Tom Kitt (High Fidelity, Next to Normal, American Idiot).
Director Tina Landau promises an experience that will remain faithful to the show while branching off in its own unique direction.
“We’re taking our leads from the TV show but this is an original story, with an original design approach, and original songs written just for the occasion by an amazing array of songwriters,” explained Landau. “We will present the world of Bikini Bottom and its characters in a whole new way that can only be achieved in the live medium of the theatre. We’re bringing the show’s fabled characters to life through actors — not prosthetics or costumes that hide them — and we’re deploying some unconventional stage craft that will prove that anything can happen in Bikini Bottom.”
As far as were concerned all that’s left to do is, see the show
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