Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Brendon Urie, apparently. The Panic! At The Disco frontman has stepped onto yet another stage (metaphorically, at least) by lending his hand lyrically to the new stage adaption SpongeBob SquarePants – The New Musical.
Listen to the song Not A Simple Sponge here: https://soundcloud.com/ethanslater/just-a-simple-sponge
‘Anyone who knows me is aware of my love of both Broadway and animation,’ says Urie when expressing his excitement about being able to combine his two loves when asked to write a song for the new musical. With his background as a multi-instrumentalist/singer-songwriter the trick was to push forward his lyrical talents whilst still relating it to the beloved children’s cartoon character. Urie rose to the challenge and created the ballad Not A Simple Sponge that somehow manages to give depth and surprising emotion to something that I imagine most of us never expected to feel much more than humour from. The lyrics and tune manage to both move the narrative of the musical forward whilst simultaneously embodying the well-known yellow character and the motivation inspiring lyrics of Panic! At The Disco alike.
Opening this December in Palace Theatre after huge acclaim in Chicago last summer, the show features music by well-known musicians other than Panic. Plain White T’s, John Legend, Cyndi Lauper, Steven Tyler and Lady Antebellum as well as songs from David Bowie are just some of the artists to add their creativity to the musical. Each song encapsulates the personal style of each artist whilst still tying together to create a musical narrative that could have been written as a collective. The show is a production for all ages as the only guideline the musicians were given was to create something that was beyond the typical Nickelodeon style. Preforming the songs and characters will be Ethan Slater (SpongeBob), Danny Skinner (Patrick), Gavin Lee, (Squidward) and Lilli Cooper (Sandy). The musical’s plot centres around a volcano that threatens to destroy Bikini Bottom leaving the naively heroic SpongeBob to attempt to save the day.
The show opens on Broadway on December 4th of this year.
Full list of musicians involved:
Alex Elbert of Edward Sharpe and The Magentic Zeros
Panic! At The Disco
Plain White T’s
Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aresmith
The Flaming Lips
They Might Be Giants
And songs by: David Bowie, Tom Kenny and Andy Paley
By Skye W. Winwood