David Bowie is to write new music for a Spongebob Squarepants musical. The singer is one of a large team of artists working on bringing the cartoon character to Broadway.
Dirty Projectors, Flaming Lips, Cyndi Lauper, TI, They Might Be Giants and Aerosmith members Steven Tyler and Joe Perry are also working on music for the show, which will have a first run in Chicago from 7th June to 13th July 2016 before heading to Broadway in 2016-17.
Bowie has previously been involved with Spongebob Squarepants, having voiced a character for one of the episodes in 2007.
Bowie is also reported to be working on a stage show based on his 1976 film The Man Who Fell To Earth, in which he played an alcoholic alien called Thomas Newton. Irish playwright Enda Walsh and Belgian director Ivo Van Hove are also working on the project. Titled Lazarus, the show will feature new material from Bowie as well as new arrangements of older songs.
Van Hove told the BBC: “Some of the songs sound as if you have heard them for ever – like classics… There are romantic songs – because his songs are deeply romantic – and there are songs about violence and the ugly world surrounding us. That’s what these new songs are about.”
Watch the video for ‘Where Are We Now?’, from Bowie’s latest album, below.