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, and it will include original songs by many artists, including 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. A book was written by Kyle Jarrow. Music supervision is by Tom Kitt. The show will play Chicago's Oriental Theatre starting June 7, and 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 unfathomable. It's a celebration of unbridled 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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Why are the producers using musicians who normally perform for original songs?
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COMMENTS (97)
  • keatonm-1-ols
    9/10/2015 - 12:55 p.m.

    I think that they should have a show on Broadway and have it shown all around the world. They have two movies already and they need to make more.

  • karlees-1-ols
    9/10/2015 - 12:57 p.m.

    I think that the producers use musicians who normally preform songs, so they can keep the play in the modern times. Also, because they was to keep it less childish, by using less kiddy songs.

  • mckaylas-1-ols
    9/10/2015 - 01:00 p.m.

    The producers are using musicians because they think it's a theatrical invention. The author thinks that the normal songs or scripts will help understand the story.

  • xavierf-
    9/10/2015 - 01:03 p.m.

    wow $spongebob$ the musical great

  • jasminpd-1-ols
    9/10/2015 - 01:05 p.m.

    They are trying to make it unique. I wouldn't watch it because it is all about SpongeBob Square Pants. That cartoon is so stupid.

  • laneys-1-ols
    9/10/2015 - 01:11 p.m.

    The producers are using musicians who normally perform for original songs so they can tell the story better than others . People would understand it better also.

  • tycenb-ols
    9/10/2015 - 01:18 p.m.

    If they can get a lot of famous original musicians to play in a concert it will probably be a good show. Also it will raise a lot of money for the producers.

  • jacksonh-ols
    9/10/2015 - 01:18 p.m.

    They are using well known authors so that people will be more likely to come and watch the show. The more people you get to come the more money you make.

  • amelianaa-ols
    9/10/2015 - 01:22 p.m.

    They are using big-name musicians in hope that people will actually care about a SpongeBob musical. They are just using the talented artists as marketing tools so that their show isn't a complete failure.

  • briannar-1-ols
    9/10/2015 - 01:26 p.m.

    I would not go to the Spongebob musical. I think that spongebob is very annoying and would be even worse in a musical.

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