David Bowie, Joe Perry, Steven Tyler and More Writing Songs for ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Broadway Show
There's a SpongeBob SquarePants stage musical in the works and heading to Broadway -- and it looks like it'll have one heck of a soundtrack.
Diffuser reports that the show's still fairly early in the development stages, but it's already lined up an impressive list of musical contributors that boasts some of rock, pop and country's biggest names, including David Bowie, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, the Flaming Lips and many others.
As Diffuser's report points out, this isn't Bowie's first brush with SpongeBob; in 2007, he joined the voice cast for the TV movie SpongeBob’s Atlantis SquarePantis, playing the role of the Lord Royal Highness of Atlantis. Multiple members of rock royalty have made SquarePants appearances of one type or another over the years — including Slash, who filmed a brief cameo in the recent big-screen release The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.
Fans can expect to get their first glimpse of the show next June, when it bows during a brief run in Chicago before heading to New York for a Broadway engagement that's scheduled to last through early 2017. Director Tina Landau promises an experience that will remain faithful to the show while branching off in its own unique direction.
"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," explained Landau. "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."
In other Steven Tyler news, ABC News Radio reports he'll help promote his upcoming country-influenced solo album by helping announce the nominees for the 49th Annual CMA Awards on Sept. 9. Tyler, who will appear alongside singer-songwriter Kelsea Ballerini on Good Morning America, says he's "just humbled by the open arms of the country community and am honored to take part in this big moment."
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