Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Lady Antebellum, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and more are among the artists who have contributed original songs to The Original Cast Recording of SpongeBob SquarePants – The New Musical, available on CD and LP on September 22nd via Sony Masterworks Broadway. A special two LP vinyl version will be released on November 3rd, in anticipation of the show’s Broadway performances which begin November 6th at the Palace Theater in New York City.
The album features a score of original songs unlike anything Broadway has ever heard and is produced by Scott Riesett and Tom Kitt, with executive producers Scott Farthing, Doug Cohn and Susan Vargo. Yolanda Adams, The Flaming Lips, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, and T.I. also contribute original music, with songs by David Bowie, Tom Kenny & Andy Paley, with additional lyrics by Jonathan Coulton and additional music by Tom Kitt.
A visionary director and a Tony Award-winning design team bring one of the world’s most beloved and unforgettable characters to Broadway in SpongeBob SquarePants, with a legendary roster of Grammy Award-winning songwriters coming together to give the musical its distinctive voice.
“Our musical is about community – and the diverse, colorful individuals who come to cherish and fight for it,” says Tina Landau, who conceived and directs SpongeBob SquarePants. “So this album represents a diverse community of songwriters, each singular in his or her own writing voice – yet all a part of the kooky, kaleidoscopic world we call Bikini Bottom.”
Conceived and directed by Tina Landau – with orchestrations, arrangements and music supervision by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Tom Kitt – SpongeBob SquarePants has an original book by Kyle Jarrow, with choreography by Christopher Gattelli. The cast is headed by Ethan Slater as SpongeBob SquarePants, Gavin Lee as Squidward, Lilli Cooper as Sandy Cheeks and Danny Skinner as Patrick.
Stakes are higher than ever before as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage.
Since premiering on Nickelodeon in July 1999, SpongeBob SquarePants has emerged as a pop culture phenomenon. The series has been the most-watched animated program with kids for more than 13 consecutive years, and over the past several years, it has averaged more than one million total viewers every quarter across all Nickelodeon networks. As the most widely distributed property in Viacom history, SpongeBob is seen in over 185 countries and translated in more than 50 languages. The character-driven cartoon chronicles the nautical and sometimes nonsensical adventures of SpongeBob, an incurably optimist and earnest sea sponge, and his undersea friends.
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2. Bikini Bottom Day – by Jonathan Coulton
3. No Control – by David Bowie
4. BFF – by Plain White T’s
5. When the Going Gets Tough – by T.I.
6. (Just a) Simple Sponge – by Panic! At the Disco
7. Daddy Knows Best – by Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
8. Hero is My Middle Name – by Cyndi Lauper
9. Super Sea Star Savior – by Yolanda Adams
10. Tomorrow Is – by The Flaming Lips
11. Poor Pirates – by Sara Bareilles
12. Bikini Bottom Boogie – by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith
13. Chop to the Top – by Lady Antebellum
14. (I Guess I) Miss You – by John Legend
15. I’m Not a Loser – by They Might Be Giants
16. Best Day Ever – by Tom Kenny & Andy Paley
17. Finale: Bikini Bottom Day Reprise
18. SpongeBob SquarePants Theme