SpongeBob gets musical thanks to big name musicians
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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