2019 American Music Awards

The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne on Having Creative Freedom with 'SpongeBob' Musical at Tony Awards: Watch

Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips stopped to chat with Billboard’s Paul Costabile on the red carpet at the 2018 Tony Awards, discussing being nominated for SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical and his favorite Broadway musical song of all time.

“We forget just how insanely popular SpongeBob is,” Coyne says of the show’s nomination, adding with a laugh, “There’s like Jesus and Santa Claus, then SpongeBob…he should be first!”

“So I think you throw that element in,” he continues, "And then it’s almost like anything is possible. I don’t think any of us would have even considered it’s gonna be celebrated, this successful, or this respected…so we’re just a small little bit of this giant production.”

Coyne also emphasizes the how important it was that the show allowed for his band’s creativity from the very beginning, explaining that while they had a bit of the plotline planned, they didn’t know exactly how it would end.  

“I think they knew there’s some doomsday element,” he says, “But the story was still gonna be optimistic and happy. I think they knew that was the end of the first act or something, so when they came to us, I think they felt like we’d do a good job at that. Doomsday, but still happy! I think sometimes, we wouldn't know how to crystallize what the Flaming Lips could be about, but I think they did a great job, allowing us to do our thing, yet it still works really well within the story.”

You can watch the full video above to hear much more from Wayne Coyne, including what his favorite Broadway musical song of all time is.

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