The Broadway-aimed The SpongeBob Musical has released behind-the-scenes video from rehearsals for the Chicago world premiere, including samples of several songs from the score, which have been written by a variety of top pop and Broadway artists. The production’s tryout will begin previews June 7 at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago, with a limited run scheduled through July 3. The production is co-conceived and directed by Tina Landau ( Superior Donuts, Bells Are Ringing), and Tony Award winner Christopher Gattelli ( Newsies) is supplying the choreography.
The musical will feature songs from a mixture of classic and contemporary artists, including Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of the band Aerosmith, Tony winner Cyndi Lauper ( Kinky Boots), They Might Be Giants, Jonathan Coulton, Dirty Projectors, The Flaming Lips, Sara Bareilles, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s and T.I., with an additional song by David Bowie and additional lyrics by Jonathan Coulton.
The SpongeBob Musical will be presented as part of the “Broadway In Chicago” subscription series. Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and online at BroadwayInChicago.com. Dates for the show to begin on Broadway have not been announced.