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From Rolling Stone: A surprising collection of musicians will write songs for an upcoming theatrical production of SpongeBob SquarePants, dubbed The SpongeBob Musical. David Bowie, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Cyndi Lauper, Flaming Lips, John Legend and T.I. will all contribute original songs to the show. Bowie's tune will feature additional lyrics by Jonathan Coulton, who is also contributing his own song. Other artists who will be contributing songs to the production include Lady Antebellum, Dirty Projectors, Panic! at the Disco, Plain White T's and They Might Be Giants. The SpongeBob Musical is set to open on July 3rd, 2016 in the Windy City at Broadway in Chicago's Oriental Theatre. Preview performances will begin on June 7th. It will then open on Broadway in the 2016 – 2017 season. The show's producers describe the musical as a "rousing tale of a simple sea sponge, who faces the unfathomable," and they go on to describe the show as "a celebration of unbridled hope, unexpected heroes and pure theatrical invention." Director Tina Landau (Superior Donuts) will lead the show, which features a book by Kyle Jarrow (A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant) and music supervision by Tom Kitt (Next to Normal). Casting for the show has yet to be announced. Tickets will go on sale in October via the theater's website. ... Honestly, can I just say... that I'm absolutely HYPED for this?! also, Flaming Lips?! OH MY GOOO- Count me in for the July 2016 premiere!!! I'm so lucky it's in Chicago.