Among the many inquiries Tina Landau presented to their innovative group, and herself, when they was picked to take ‘SpongeBob Squarepants” from the TV screen to the Broadway organize, was what a full-length live show highlighting the well known metazoan from Bikini Bottom could be about.
“’SpongeBob’ was a big hit for Nickelodeon,” Landau says in a telephone interview, “and episodes dealt with some interesting topics, but each cartoon lasted about 11 minutes, and we had to engage an audience for a couple of hours.”
Their decision? Nothing not exactly the finish of life.
“It was the perfect subject,” Landau said. “’SpongeBob’ raises environmental issues, and what issue could be more fraught with tension that the end of existence as we know it?”
Posing inquiries and discovering arrangements was a steady piece of the 10-year process that turned Nickelodeon’s mark program to “The SpongeBob Musical,” which starts two weeks of exhibitions tomorrow evening at Philadelphia’s Forrest Theater.
Landau’s first questions were coordinated to Nickelodeon and the makers that welcomed their to pitch them their thoughts for a show.
“I had explicit things at the top of the priority list, and I needed to present them quickly so both the makers and I could check whether we were directly for one another and this endeavor,” Landau said.
“I needed first to know whom the makers planned to reach. Was this to be a show aimed at youngsters, or would it say it was to be more extensive based to incorporate grown-ups and pull in individuals who probably won’t be as acquainted with SpongeBob as the Nickelodeon watchers?
“I likewise needed to make certain there no understanding of on-screen characters performing in enormous prosthetic outfits. I would not be keen on chipping away at that sort of show.
“Steve Hillenburg (the SpongeBob maker who passed on in November 2018 yet was alive during the whole animation to-arrange process) revealed to me he thought of the show as an elective program with an indy soul and reasonableness.
“All that I heard made me feel progressively sure the makers and I were thinking similarly, and they probably concurred in light of the fact that I got the show.”
“Getting the show” implied making sense of an assortment of issues. Not exclusively did a continuous plot need considering, however making a submerged world and keeping up a feeling of imagination and experience while keeping on certain limits of the truth was a test.
“During my pitch, I proposed a progression of workshops, each handling an alternate part of the show. Everything from mechanics to unique music would be examined.
“The overall reason for existing was to make something unique that was fun and had some idea behind it, and truly, could go over the top while being mindful so as to keep things unmistakable and available to ‘SpongeBob’ fans. We needed to be inventive while additionally speaking to what made ‘SpongeBob’ well known. Keep in mind, SpongeBob is a wipe who lives in a pineapple. You need to be whimsical at that level, to make an occasion that brings Bikini Bottom and that pineapple home to life, to enter the universe of Bikini Bottom, while being not kidding enough to make the characters relatable and the plot clashes work.
“The principal workshop tended to whether we could make the show we imagined physically occur. Is what we imagine feasible? Would we be able to work the enthusiasm and creative we expect with the strong recounting a story? We have to keep these energized characters in their natural setting. We likewise expected to build up them as non-human however genuine and powerless just as enlivened.
“Kyle Jarrow, who composed the book, and Tom Kitt, who facilitated and organized the score and composed the music interfacing tunes, were there from the earliest starting point. We needed to perceive what we could make occur. Would we have the option to make the deception that the show was going on submerged and consolidate the development and lightness that proposes?
“All through, we needed to keep the stakes high, make and address difficulties, and prop the adrenaline up. It was energizing to perceive what could occur and what worked.”
Truly energizing is the manner by which Landau cobbled together the music for the show. As opposed to go the standard course of working with one author lyricist group, Landau had the plan to solicit a few arrangers from a few classes from music to contribute a tune to the show.
“I thought of various arrangers during various minutes in the show, so I welcomed every one of them to compose a melody for that occurrence. For instance, there’s a folksy grouping that is directly for a nation tune, one in which Sandy Cheeks, the squirrel, sings about being from Texas, and I thought Lady Antebellum would be directly for that scene, so I addressed Lady Antebellum, and they exhibited a melody.”
The writer’s rundown for “The SpongeBob Musical” resembles a’s who in current music. Other than Lady Antebellum, there are tunes by John Legend, Sara Bareilles, David Bowie and Brian Eno, Cyndi Lauper and Rob Hyman, Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, They Might Be Giants, The Plain White T’s, The Flaming Lips, Andy Paley and Tom Kenny, Jonathan Coulton, T.I., Alex Ebert, and Panic! at the Disco. Obviously, the “SpongeBob” subject, by Derek Drymon, Mark Harrison, Stephen Hillenburg, and Blaise Smith is additionally heard.
The entirety of the music is composed explicitly for “The SpongeBob Musical.”
“I wasn’t’ interested in a jukebox musical,” Landau says. “I didn’t choose songs from a variety of songwriters. I wrote and told the composers what I looking for and how it fit in a particular scene. The wonderful part was how enthusiastically everyone responded.”
“No one refused or insisted on being the sole composer on the show.”
“What was really amazing is how the material came in. Some of the songwriters went into their studios and sent fully orchestrated, beautifully produced tapes of their song. Others sung them into their phones and sent that rough version. One practically hummed the song.”
“Every artist we worked with related well with our method and did everything they could to make sure we had what we needed.”
“The mix of styles is really great. It provides juxtaposition and contrast. It fits into the DNA of the ‘SpongeBob’ series, which is eclectic. I joke about the score having a Dadaesque sensibility, a lot of disparate parts fitting together so neatly, they become interesting for that as well as what they are a individual songs.”
As referenced, Tom Kitt, known best for creating “By Normal,” which played locally at the Arden, Media, and Bristol Riverside Theaters, sew the entirety of the pieces into a brought together score.
Landau talks about the workshops that prompted “The SpongeBob Musical” with affection. They portrays gatherings with creators, puppeteers, and others.
“I needed to hear each thought. I needed the workshops to resemble the melodic, a play area where to share musings and make a wreck, the encapsulation of senseless, and afterward go to the genuine work of picking what will work best.
“The show tends as far as possible of life, however over the long haul, it praises life and the celebrating and dispersing of delight. My expectation is crowds will participate in that festival.”
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