Nickelodeon’s hit animated series SpongeBob SquarePants first expanded to the silver screen, but now it has inspired a musical version that will open on Broadway at the Palace Theatre on Monday, December 4th! The musical’s soundtrack features writing credits from a variety of big name artists, including Lady Antebellum.
The country trio, comprised of Hillary Scott (lead and background vocals), Charles Kelley (lead and background vocals, guitar), and Dave Haywood (background vocals, guitar, piano, mandolin), wrote an original song called “Chop to the Top” for the second act of the production. In an effort to save their town of Bikini Bottom, SpongeBob and Sandy Cheeks use their karate skills to climb to the top of Mount Humongous while singing “Chop to the Top,” hence the name of the song.
The musical stars all of Nickelodeon’s underwater heroines as they save Bikini Bottom from grave dangers.
Other artists who contributed original songs for the musical include John Legend, Steven Tyler, Cyndi Lauper, Sara Bareilles and the late David Bowie.
The musical originally had a Chicago premiere in spring of 2016 where it was met with positive reviews. The show stars Ethan Slater as SpongeBob, Lilli Cooper as Sandy Cheeks, Danny Skinner as Patrick Star and Gavin Lee as Squidward Tentacles. The full cast will be announced later.
Lady Antebellum is on the road with Brett Young and Kelsea Ballerini for the second leg of the You Look Good Tour throughout the rest of the summer and into the fall. Dates and tickets for the tour can be found on their website.
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