SpongeBob gets musical thanks to big name musicians Nickelodeon said Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, it will produce the world premiere of “The SpongeBob Musical” in Chicago next summer. (PRNewsFoto/Moody Gardens)
SpongeBob gets musical thanks to big name musicians
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There's a "SpongeBob" musical in the works but the music is no kiddie stuff.
 
Nickelodeon said it will produce the world premiere of "The SpongeBob Musical" in Chicago next summer with original songs from John Legend, David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Dirty Projectors, The Flaming Lips, T.I., Plain White T's, They Might Be Giants, Lady Antebellum, Panic! At the Disco and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.
 
It is co-conceived and directed by Tina Landau with a book by Kyle Jarrow and music supervision by Tom Kitt. The show will play Chicago's Oriental Theatre starting June 7, with an eye to taking it to Broadway.
 
Producers call it "a rousing tale of a simple sea sponge who faces the unfathomable. It's a celebration of unbridled hope, unexpected heroes and pure theatrical invention."
 
Kids' material has made the leap to stage before, including "The Addams Family," ''Annie" and "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." And writer, director and producer Adam McKay is working on an "Archie" musical.

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Why are the producers using musicians who normally perform for original songs?
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COMMENTS (23)
  • shanek-coo
    9/10/2015 - 08:42 a.m.

    The because they sing well

  • samanthas-1-ste
    9/11/2015 - 08:41 a.m.

    Personally, I think this will be great for kids who love SpongeBob. They will sing along and have a great time at the musical.

  • tylerb-1-coo
    9/11/2015 - 10:41 a.m.

    To start entertainment kids by watching how of SpongeBob.

  • crossan,tiffany-cas
    9/12/2015 - 08:38 p.m.

    The producers are using musicians who normally perform for original songs, because they have such great success as it is. They already know how to make hit songs, so it'll help the musical succeed. I think that the musical will do very well.

  • serenam-lon
    9/14/2015 - 11:16 a.m.

    I think that this is a good idea for both kids and adults because it has some older musicians and younger musicians to catch the eye of both kids, adults, and those people who are right in between.

  • tylerk-lon
    9/14/2015 - 11:22 a.m.

    I think the story was good because if a little kid read this he or she would not get this. I think it took us a wile to get what it ment

  • savannam-lon
    9/14/2015 - 11:24 a.m.

    I think that the Sponge Bob musical is going to be a hit because of all the people that watched the movie and the TV shows will want to watch the movie. It's going to be the new movie that's going to be either good or bad not in the middle.

  • lilym-1-bag
    9/14/2015 - 11:53 p.m.

    who would have thought spongebob would be turned into a musical that adults would like too.

  • stephanie1-kov
    9/15/2015 - 06:39 a.m.

    Because they are professional musicians and have enough practice to preform against other people. The other reason is they sing well and probably would make a hit on this project.

  • briannec-ste
    9/17/2015 - 01:29 p.m.

    I would love to go see this as a class field trip.

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