September 1, 2015


David Bowie Writing for 'SpongeBob SquarePants' Broadway Musical

Nickelodeon; Getty Images
Nickelodeon; Getty Images

Archie isn't the only cartoon icon heading to Broadway—The SpongeBob Musical is also now happening. That's enough to send the mind running in 50 directions even before hearing who's working on it.

Among the songwriting participants, according to Rolling Stone, are David BowieCyndi LauperSteven Tyler and Joe Perry of AerosmithT.I.John LegendPanic! at the DiscoLady Antebellum and the Flaming Lips.

Crazy lineup, but perhaps most insane is that fact that 68-year-old Bowie's getting involved. The man hadn't released a collection of his own songs for a full decade until 2013's LP The Next Day—and now his next thing is SpongeBob SquarePants song-craft? Maybe it's got something to do with his daughter with Iman, now-15-year-old Alexandria, who was born the year after the Nickelodeon series debuted.

"Bowie's tune will feature additional lyrics by Jonathan Coulton, who is also contributing his own song," the mag writes. Coulton is a geek-friendly singer-songwriter who released his eighth studio album in 2011. 

The SpongeBob Musical opens in Chicago in July 2016, migrating to New York for the 2016-2017 Broadway season.