It’s still months before the “SpongeBob SquarePants” musical, which already made a splash in its Chicago run, opens on Broadway, but you don’t have to wait that long to start humming tunes from the show.
The original cast recording featuring songs by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, The Flaming Lips, John Legend, Cyndi Lauper and others will be released on Sept. 22. Record label Masterworks Broadway is also putting out a special two-LP vinyl edition that will drop Nov. 3, three days before “SpongeBob” begins previews at the Palace Theatre.
“Our musical is about community — and the diverse, colorful individuals who come to cherish and fight for it. So this album represents a diverse community of songwriters, each singular in his or her own writing voice — yet all a part of the kooky, kaleidoscopic world we call Bikini Bottom,” said the show’s director Tina Landau in a statement.
Certainly the kooky aspect comes through in the song titles, which include the Panic! at the Disco-penned “(Just a) Simple Sponge,” Bareilles’ “Poor Pirates,” the Tyler-Perry rocker “Bikini Bottom Boogie” and the charming “Best Day Ever” written by Andy Paley and the man himself, Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob on the hit Nicktoon.