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These days, it seems that anything can be inspiration for major musical, but I'm still surprised that SpongeBob SquarePants is being adapted for the stage.

In fact, Nickelodeon started seriously considering this venture in 2008, when they fielded conceptual pitches from multiple directors. They chose an idea from Tina Landau, who will be bringing SpongeBob and his sea-dwelling friends to life in a non-literal way.

Though SpongeBob's jolly tone and frequent bursting into song provides a great base for a musical, there are definitely a few challenges making this surreal animated show into a physical reality.

The first poster reveals how the characters will probably be designed

via Entertainment Weekly
via Entertainment Weekly

As you can see, castmembers aren't going to be weighed down by bulky sponge or squirrel costumes. Instead, their wardrobe will provide the connection between the cartoonish SpongeBob and the very human actor that will be playing him.

The SpongeBob Musical has a simple premise: a day in the life of Bikini Bottom. However, the residents (including Patrick, Squidward, Sandy, Mr. Krabs, Plankton, and many more) have just learned that the volcanic Mount Humongous is about to erupt, and it's up to SpongeBob to save the day.

Newcomer Ethan Slater is playing this more anthropomorphized SpongeBob

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Sam Pianello / The Miscellany News

But it's not only unknown faces contributing to the production. The musicals creators and the Nickelodeon music department called on song contributions from Cyndi Lauper, the Flaming Lips, Steven Tyler, Panic at the Disco, Lady Antebellum, T.I., They Might Be Giants, and the late David Bowie. That's quite the soundtrack!

For any early fans of the series, SpongeBob creator Steve Hillenburg has called for the musical to include some key elements of the show: the light, sky flowers, and bubbles. The SpongeBob Musical will make its world premiere on June 7 at Chicago's Oriental Theatre before begging a Broadway soon after.

(Source: Entertainment Weekly)


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