Dirty Projectors, Flaming Lips and Cyndi Lauper also involved in Broadway project
David Bowie will write new music for a Spongebob Squarepants musical.
The singer, who made his long-awaited comeback with ‘The Next Day’ in 2013 to end a 10-year hiatus, is just one name from a lengthy list of artists who will be involved with bringing Nickelodeon’s much-loved character to the Broadway stage. Dirty Projectors, Flaming Lips, Cyndi Lauper, TI, They Might Be Giants and Aerosmith members Steven Tyler and Joe Perry will also contribute music for the show, says Entertainment Weekly, which will have an initial run in Chicago from June 7 to July 13, 2016, before heading to Broadway for 2016-17.
Although Bowie and Spongebob… may seem like a strange combination, the singer voiced a character for the show in 2007. Bowie is also reportedly working on a new stage show based on his 1976 film The Man Who Fell To Earth, which saw the musician playing the character of an alcoholic alien called Thomas Newton.
The new show, co-written with Irish playwright Enda Walsh, is to be directed by Belgian director Ivo van Hove and will be titled Lazarus. The production will feature new songs from Bowie, as well as new arrangements of older songs. Director van Hove also told the BBC that the new songs “sound like classics”.
Van Hove said: “Some of the songs sound as if you have heard them for ever – like classics… There are romantic songs – because his songs are deeply romantic – and there are songs about violence and the ugly world surrounding us. That’s what these new songs are about.”