Prepare yourselves, because Mr. Squarepants is coming to Broadway!
The SpongeBob Musical is in the works, and it'll open in June 2016 in Chicago before moving on to the Great White Way for the 2016-2017 season.
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Directed by Tina Landau, The SpongeBob Musical will feature original songs by Aerosmith frontmen Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, and include other original songs from The Flaming Lips, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T's, They Might Be Giants, and T.I.
What the what?! T.I.??
Landau said of the musical:
"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.
We're taking our leads from the TV show but this is an original story, with an original design approach, and original songs written just for the occasion by an amazing array of songwriters. We will present the world of Bikini Bottom and its characters in a whole new way that can only be achieved in the live medium of the theatre. We're bringing the show's fabled characters to life through actors-not prosthetics or costumes that hide them-and we're deploying some unconventional stage craft that will prove that anything can happen in Bikini Bottom."
Well OK then! LOLz!
Casting is taking place now, so we can't wait to see who will actually be getting to perform for this unique show.
What do U guys think — will this show be as weird as it sounds, or is it the coolest idea for a musical EVER??
[Image via Nickelodeon.]
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