David Bowie is to contribute new music to a Spongebob Squarepants musical.
Entertainment Weekly reports that Bowie is one of a number of high-profile artists who will contribute to the project.
Dirty Projectors, Flaming Lips, Cyndi Lauper, TI, They Might Be Giants and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry are also reportedly involved in the show, which will have an initial run in Chicago from June 7 to July 13, 2016, before heading to Broadway for 2016 – 17.
The show is directed and co-conceived by Tina Landau with a book by Kyle Jarrow and music supervision by Tom Kitt.
“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,” Landau said in a press statement. “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.”
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