Nickelodeon announced Monday it will produce the world premiere of "The SpongeBob Musical" in Chicago next summer with original songs from some pretty big stars.
The score for the new musical include songs from John Legend, David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Dirty Projectors, The Flaming Lips, T.I., Plain White T's, They Might Be Giants, Lady Antebellum, Panic! At the Disco and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.
The musical will be directed by Tina Landau with a book by Kyle Jarrow and music supervision by Tom Kitt. It will premiere at Chicago's Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph St.) starting June 7 with an eye to Broadway.
Producers call it "a rousing tale of a simple sea sponge who faces the unfathomable. It's a celebration of unbridled hope, unexpected heroes, and pure theatrical invention."
Kids' material has made the leap to stage before, including "The Addams Family," ''Annie" and "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown."