AEROSMITH singer Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry have received a Tony Award nomination for their work on “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical”. The Broadway musical based on the popular Nickelodeon cartoon series got 12 nods, including “Best Original Score (Music And/Or Lyrics) Written For The Theatre”.
CBS will broadcast the 72nd annual ceremony from Radio City Music Hall on June 10 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
“SpongeBob SquarePants” opened on December 4, 2017.
The show arrived in New York after a well-received 2016 world-premiere engagement in Chicago (then titled “The SpongeBob Musical”).
A visionary director and a Tony Award-winning design team brought one of the world’s most beloved and unforgettable characters to Broadway in “SpongeBob SquarePants”, with a legendary roster of Grammy Award-winning songwriters coming together to give the musical its distinctive voice.
To write the songs that give an irrepressible and eclectic voice to the world and the story of “SpongeBob SquarePants”, the production reached out to leading songwriters in the rock and pop worlds.
Each of the contributing songwriters penned an original song for a specific moment in the show. “All of the musicians got a brief on where their song fits in the story, so they weren’t randomly writing songs on the topic of SpongeBob,” book writer Kyle Jarrow told Playbill. “They knew where it fit in the story.”
Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning “Next To Normal” composer Tom Kitt arranged and orchestrated all the songs in a way that serves the specific needs of the show, while spotlighting the distinctive voices of each songwriter.