A country band I love is going to be immersed in an under-the-sea world I love.
Lady Antebellum will be among those writing original music for The SpongeBob Musical, it was revealed Monday (Aug. 31). The production is set to open in Chicago next summer for a limited run before heading to Broadway.
If you don’t know who SpongeBob SquarePants is, he is the star of the Nickelodeon cartoon that has been on the air since 1999. (Which is right when I started having kids who watched cartoons, so I am not only a loyal SpongeBob fan, I probably know most of those first few seasons by heart.)
Mr. SquarePants is an incessantly cheerful, porous yellow sponge who lives in a pineapple in a town called Bikini Bottom. He has a job as a fry cook at the Krusty Krab. And he has some really great friends in his world down there, like Patrick and Sandy. And some enemies, like Squidward and Plankton.
He’s really a special little sponge, and I’m sure Lady Antebellum will have no trouble making music to fit his optimistic take on everything.
According to The Wrap.com, others contributing to the score include Aerosmith, John Legend, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, David Bowie and more.
“SpongeBob long ago transcended the TV screen to become a pop culture icon inspiring everyone from kids and families to artists and musicians, pro athletes, movie stars, fashion designers, social media mavens and even the President,” said Viacom Kids and Family Group president Cyma Zarghami.
“This character has achieved a level of global popularity that we could never have imagined, and bringing him to Broadway is a way to give him a new platform, literally, to reach audiences of all ages who are looking for an engaging, funny and innovative musical theater experience.”