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SpongeBob SquarePants Gets Some Music Legends For "The Musical"

John Legend, tony Award-winner Cyndi Lauper and rapper T.I. are among the artists who have been tapped to write new songs for a stage adaptation of "SpongeBob Squarepants," which will open next year.

Directed by Tina Landau with a book by Kyle Jarrow, "The SpongeBob Musical" will begin with a June 7-July 3 run at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago and is slated to move to Broadway next fall.

Also writing songs will be Panic! at the Disco, Plain White T's, They Might Be Giants, David Bowie, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, The Flaming Lips and Lady Antebellum.

The "SpongeBob Squarepants" TV show debuted during 1999 on Nickelodeon and has been seen in more than 185 countries an translated into over 50 languages, as well as spawning two high-grossing feature films. Casting for the musical is expected to be announced soon.

Bowie, meanwhile, is also writing music for the upcoming Broadway production "Lazaraus," which is based on his 1976 science fiction film "The Man Who Fell To Earth."

Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.