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
September 10, 2015
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. It will include original songs many artists. They include John Legend, David Bowie and Cyndi Lauper. They include Dirty Projectors, The Flaming Lips and T.I. They include Plain White T's, They Might Be Giants and Lady Antebellum. And also Panic! At the Disco and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.
It is co-conceived and directed by Tina Landau. A book was written by Kyle Jarrow. Music supervision is by Tom Kitt. The show will play Chicago's Oriental Theatre starting June 7. From there, it may be taken to New York's Broadway.
Producers call it "a rousing tale of a simple sea sponge who faces the unthinkable. It is a celebration of unrestrained hope, unexpected heroes, and pure theatrical invention."
Kids' material has made the leap to stage before. They have included "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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