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David Bowie writes song for SpongeBob musical

By | Published on Wednesday 2 September 2015

David Bowie

A SpongeBob SquarePants musical is coming to Broadway featuring songs written by a number of well-known musicians, including that David Bowie bloke.

Created by the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the show features original songs by Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, TI, The Flaming Lips, They Might Be Giants, Lady Antebellum, Panic! At the Disco, and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler. It will open in Chicago next June, before moving to New York.

Director Tina Landau told BBC News that the show would take a different turn from the TV cartoon from which it originates: “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”.

This is not David Bowie’s first SpongeBob link, the musician having voiced a character on the TV show in 2006. Liam Gallagher also once provided a voice for a character on the show, but apparently hasn’t been asked to contribute to the musical. What an insult.

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