It was announced a few months ago that a SpongeBob SquarePants musical was being developed for Broadway, and today, it was revealed that a bunch of people who really matter in different areas of music are writing original songs for the production. Tony-winning composer Tom Kitt is providing music supervision for the play, and boy will he have his hands full of talent. As it turns out, the artists lending their talent to the production include a veritable (and random) smorgasbord, including the likes of David Bowie, The Flaming Lips, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Jonathan Coulton, Dirty Projectors, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, and T.I.
The high-profile music contributors shouldn’t actually come as much of a surprise, as in the past the show has featured music from groups like Ween, Pantera, P!nk, Pharrell, and others. Director Tina Landau is understandably excited about the show, having said in a statement:
“I was drawn to this project not only for its wild theatrical possibility, but also because I felt SpongeBob, at its core, is a layered and hilarious ensemble comedy. SpongeBob himself is of course its center and beating heart–the eternal innocent in a sea of cynics. He’s also the classic underdog hero, and so our production sets him on a hero’s journey with real stakes, all the while retaining the show’s trippy humor and irreverence.”
The musical will begin its run at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago on June 7, 2016 and will show until July 3, 2016. Here’s hoping for a soulful arrangement of “Ripped Pants” from John Legend. Right?