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)
  • daizypd-ols
    9/10/2015 - 02:57 p.m.

    In my own opinion SpongeBob is stupid and shouldn't be a musical. It shouldn't even be invented.

  • Steve0620-yyca
    9/10/2015 - 08:48 p.m.

    I think that it is fascinating that people are producing a Spongebob Musical. The song will also not be kiddy although the actual show is a little kiddy. I have watched Spongebob before but I didn't know they were going to make a musical.

  • angelinat-3-bar
    9/10/2015 - 08:51 p.m.

    The producers are using them because the show has original songs, and kids usually can't sing as well as adults. In the article it says that the musical contains no kiddie stuff. I did find this interesting because although Spongebob Squarepants is a kid show, I feel so of the material is not good for kids to watch.

  • Eugene0808-YYCA
    9/10/2015 - 09:13 p.m.

    I think this is not a good idea because there are a lot of Spongebob episodes that you can watch on Netflix, Hulu, etc. This would not be necessary at all since there was a movie and a cartoon series. Now, they are trying to add a musical. There is too much Spongebob right now.
    Critical Thinking Challenge: Why are the producers using musicians who normally perform for original songs?
    Answer: The producers are using musicians who normally perform for original songs because the musicians know the music.

  • brandonb-2-mar
    9/11/2015 - 09:31 a.m.

    I like how many people that can sing where their. They got very good singers!!!

  • brandonb-2-mar
    9/11/2015 - 09:34 a.m.

    I love spongebob. I like the singers that they hired.

  • hannahj-1-mar
    9/11/2015 - 10:16 a.m.

    I really like that Spongebob is finally taking the stage because he has been around so long and he has his own movie.

  • isaiahg-mcc
    9/14/2015 - 09:25 a.m.

    Producers are using musicians who normally perform for original songs because they know how to write good music and in a timely manner, so then the musical would be better and done sooner. They are also using big musicians because they are good singers. This will also increase the overall quality of the musical.

  • miap-mcc
    9/14/2015 - 09:29 a.m.

    They are using producers who normally perform because they probably want more people to actually know the songs or even some of them so that they will enjoy the musical even more.

    • connors2-mcc
      9/14/2015 - 09:44 a.m.

      The musicians and artists are not going to sing and act in the play the play producers are just using their original songs in the play.

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