Nickelodeon has announced great news for SpongeBob SquarePants fans. The famous yellow, underwater sponge who lives in a pineapple is all set to get his own musical stage show, premiering in 2016.
What’s more, musical icons Cyndi Lauper and David Bowie have been roped in to add to the already star-studded list of songwriters for the musical. Previously announced musicians include John Legend, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, rapper T.I., and Joe Perry. The A-list team will be heading down to Bikini Bottom to compose original songs for The SpongeBob Musical.
Lauper, 62, is no stranger to the stage world—she has written lyrics as well as music for Kinky Boots, a Tony-winning stage adaptation of the namesake 2006 British film. Several big groups are also being pulled in for songwriting, including The Flaming Lips, Dirty Projectors, Plain White T’s, Lady Antebellum, Panic! At the Disco, and They Might Be Giants.
Russell Hicks, president of Nickelodeon’s content and development production said, “All of those amazing composers are fans of SpongeBob.” He added that music had always been vital to the show, and everyone viewed this project as a “real creative challenge.” He stated that while they have a story and subplot, it has got the uniqueness of the cartoon character’s universe all over it.
The show is set to be co-formulated and directed by Tina Landau. It will be based on a book written by Kyle Jarrow, along with Tom Kitt as the music supervisor.
Producers describe the venture as “a rousing tale of a simple sea sponge who faces the unfathomable.” It will be a celebration of boundless hope, underdog heroes, and pure theatrical creation.
Landau also added that the actors would don no prosthetics. They would instead experience circus-style workshops to understand how the human body is able to transform itself into resemblances of cartoon characters.
The show will open on June 7 next year at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago. While the minimum run will be one month, bosses have their eyes on Broadway. However, none of the cast members have been announced yet.
“SpongeBob Musical hires David Bowie and Cyndi Lauper to write songs,” The Guardian web site, September 1, 2015.