What Connects David Bowie, T.I. and Aerosmith? SpongeBob SquarePants, Coming Soon to Broadway
The highly anticipated SpongeBob SquarePants musical (opening Dec. 4) boasts a score written by pop and rock stars from David Bowie to T.I. Musical supervisor Tom Kitt, who worked with the artists, explains how their tunes came together.
Scheming character Plankton needed an energetic song “that felt like he was on top of his game,” says Kitt. “The world of hip-hop and T.I. felt perfect.”
“A huge SpongeBob fan” who appeared in one episode, Bowie allowed Nickelodeon to use his song “No Control” in the show.
The trio’s “Chop to the Top” (a “Rocky moment” for SpongeBob) has a “warm, country-pop feel -- a groove you want to sit in.”
THE FLAMING LIPS
Wayne Coyne and Co. turned in a four-minute-plus “gorgeous melodic experimental” demo for the act-one finale.
The Kinky Boots Tony winner delivered “an earworm, but with that dramatic quality” for a rallying moment.