There’s a SpongeBob musical? Yes, there is, and as co-conceiver and director Tina Landau said, “I think the world needs a SpongeBob musical.”
The musical is about to go on its pre-Broadway engagement from June 7 to July 3 in Chicago’s Oriental Theater.
The SpongeBob Musical will star Ethan Slater as SpongeBob Squarepants, Lilli Cooper as Sandy Cheeks, Danny Skinner as Patrick Star, and Gavin Lee as Squidward Tentacles. The lineup of people producing it is impressive: the book is by Kyle Jarrow, musical supervision by Tony Award winner Tom Kitt, and choreography by Tony winner Christopher Gattelli. Between them, they have worked on The Wildness, Next to Normal, and Newsies.
But the most impressive thing about The SpongeBob Musical is the lineup of people creating the music. The stars who have signed on for the musical are: Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Jonathan Coulton, Dirty Projectors, the Flaming Lips, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, T.I., Yolanda Adams, Sara Bareilles, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, with an additional song by David Bowie.
Check out the behind-the-scenes look here:
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