Spongebob Squarepants is making a jump from the world of animation into Broadway and is bringing T.I. along for the ride!
According to The Wrap, “Nickelodeon’s cartoon about a sentient yellow sponge is being adapted into a stage musical that aims to open on Broadway for the 2016-17 season, following a limited run at Chicago’s Oriental Theater next June.
Isn’t this amazing!
According to The Wrap, the score will feature original songs by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Jonathan Coulton, Dirty Projectors, The Flaming Lips, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, T.I. and David Bowie.
Diehard fans of Spongebob aren’t too surprised of T.I.’s addition to the soundtrack, as Spongebob and hip-hop have shown great synergy in the past. In 2014, n Biz Markie appeared as “Kenny The Cat.” on the show. Earlier this year, N.E.R.D. made contributions to the SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water soundtrack with two tracks, “Patrick Star” and “Sandy Squirrel.”
Personally, I feel this is a great look for hip-hop. Many casual music fans view rap music with negative connotation. Hopefully clean, refreshing appearances like this change the views of many on the music.