SpongeBob SquarePants, despite being the magnum opus of Nickelodeon cartoons, has set a precedent for children’s music all on it’s own. With its famed musical episode “Band Geeks”, and the show’s other most famous song that contains merely one line (The Krusty Krab pizza is the pizza for you and me), and of course who could forget such hits like “Greasy Spoon” and “Goofy Goober”? The show has been imbedded into the minds of humans all over the world. Not just for the show’s bubbly characters, obnoxious laughs, and the looming mystery of the Krusty Krab secret formula. But for bringing us enough tunes to be stuck in your head for a lifetime. Who could forget the classic “F is for friends who do stuff together, U is for you and me. N is for anywhere at any time at all, down here in the deep blue sea!” Probably, no one, ever. Because it is the catchiest tune to come out of the deep blue sea!
Now that The SpongeBob musical is set to hit the stage on Broadway in the 2016-2017 season (and expectedly beyond) and in Chicago’s Oriental Theater on June 7th, everyone is ecstatic to find out what new tunes will be rattling around in their brains for the next week and then sporadically for the rest of their lives. Well, it looks like those tunes will be entirely different from what SpongeBob and his sea creature friends are usually belting out. The new music for the expected summer hit will be brought to us by some of the best. On the soundtrack, the ensemble cast (Ethan Slater, Lilli Cooper, Gaelen Gilliland, Curtis Holbrook, and many more) will be spitting fire thanks to a rap written by T.I. and they will be singing lofty lyrics written by the late David Bowie.Yes, the star man has written lyrics for the sea sponge.
The music for the show is meant to keep to the aesthetic of the set which has been conceptualized to not entirely mirror the cartoon. But rather, the stage will be littered like the ocean floor but lit with imagination, keeping the vibe of the television series but not gimmicking it. The music will similarly be scattered with various textures and styles from many musical talents who were told not to write for the characters themselves, but to write how they typically do. Director Tina Landau described to the songwriters the play’s plot and presented them with lyric prompts. For each story beat she chose which artist she believed, based on their personal style, would tell the story best.
Among the hodgepodge list of songwriters are (Recently No. 1 Selling Artists) Panic! At The Disco, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Smith, Cyndi Lauper, and Lady Antebellum. All of whom are going to be cohesively strung together by music supervisor Tom Kitt, along with the show’s original Nickelodeon music department.
Said Director Landau, “We very specifically asked all of the artists to write how they write, and not try to do what they think Nickelodeon or SpongeBob would sound like,” Landau adds. “What’s amazing is, when we hear them sung by our performers, you can tell exactly who wrote which song. We really wanted that difference.”
Blade Runner Star Rutger Hauer Has Died Aged 75
Hollywood star Rutger Hauer has died aged 75.
The actor was best known for playing Roy Batty in the 1982 movie Blade Runner and also Sin City, Batman Begins and TV show True Blood.
His agent Steve Kenis confirmed Hauer died on Friday following a short illness. His funeral was held on Wednesday.
Tributes have begun pouring in for the star, with Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro tweeting to say: “RIP the great Rutger Hauer: an intense, deep, genuine and magnetic actor that brought truth, power and beauty to his films.”
KISS musician Gene Simmons wrote: “Sad to hear Rutger Hauer has passed away. He was always a gentleman, kind and compassionate. Sending our condolences and prayers to his family, friends and fans.”
Hauer was born in Breukelen in the Netherlands and did stints in both the merchant navy and army before he became an actor.
He got his big break in 1969, when he became the lead in TV series Floris.
Away from acting, Hauer launched The Rutger Hauer Starfish Foundation, which aimed to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS, especially within children and pregnant women.
Issuing a statement following his death, the foundation said: “The Rutger Hauer Starfish Association announces with infinite sadness that after a very short illness, on Friday, July 19, 2019, Rutger passed away peacefully at his Dutch home.
“He leaves his beloved wife Ineke, after they have been together for fifty years.
“We at Starfish will always cherish the many unforgettable memories we have of Rutger and his dedication to the Rutger Hauer Starfish Association.
“One of Rutger’s last wishes was that Starfish should continue its charity activity and its fight against the AIDS disease, and with Ineke’s precious help, involvement and direction we will follow Rutger’s wish and will do our best to carry on Rutger’s inestimable legacy.”
Freeform defends Halle Bailey’s casting as Ariel in “The Little Mermaid”!
Just in case you haven’t heard, Halle Bailey is the new Ariel, in an upcoming “The Little Mermaid” movie! She has been receiving messages from fans and other celebrities, congratulating her for landing the role!
Amongst those who congratulated her is Halle Berry, in a tweet she posted, “In case you needed a reminder… Halles get it DONE. Congratulations @chloexhalle on this amazing opportunity, we can’t wait to see what you!” She also added that she was “thrilled” for the 19 year old. However, not everyone was happy about Disney’s decision to cast a black woman for this role.
Some critics went as far as petitioning Disney to recast for this role, and titled their petition #NotMyAriel! They suggested that Halle should be replaced by a white woman with red hair, who would resemble the Ariel that they know from the 1989 animated version of The Little Mermaid. Now Freeform, Disney’s cable network, has decided to issue an open letter in response to this.
The letter read, “Yes. The original author of The Little Mermaid was Danish. Ariel…is a mermaid. She lives in an underwater kingdom in international waters and can legit swim wherever she wants (even though that often upsets King Triton, absolute zaddy). But for the sake of argument, let’s say that Ariel, too, is Danish”.
Freeform also added that, “Danish mermaids can be black because Danish *people* can be black. Ariel can sneak up to the surface at any time with her pals Scuttle and the *ahem* Jamaican crab Sebastian (sorry, Flounder!) and keep that bronze base tight. Black Danish people, and this mer-folk, can also *genetically* (!!!) have red hair”! Freeform then went on to remind the critics that Ariel and the story, is only fictional!
Beyoncé is the New Nala! The Lion King Fans Are Not so Impressed!
Are you as much of a fan of both Beyonce and The Lion King as I am? I mean, Beyonce could sing the phone book and I would still think she sounds angelic! And as an African, I am bound to love The Lion King!
If you are at least a fan of either, Beyonce or The Lion King, I’m sure you already know that Beyonce stars as Nala in the latest Lion King movie. Now its trailer is already out, and it is set to hit the cinemas soon! There are also beautiful photos of the “Lion King” cast all over the internet. Have I already told you just how beautiful the photos are? If you would like to see them, check them out here!
Now the problem is that some Twitter users are not so happy with “Queen Bey” as Nala! Honestly, I personally wouldn’t find fault in anything that Beyonce does, but clearly, not everyone shares the same sentiments as myself! One critic claimed that Beyonce is being “too Beyonce”, I don’t even know what that means.
The critic tweeted, “It’s like something is off here, maybe the lions look too real for voice-overs. And I know Nala is Beyonce but it sounds very Beyonce. It’s so distracting…”! Another also posted, “Okay I’m going to be brave and say this but I don’t think I like Beyonce as Nala. I wish she had just done the soundtrack but her voice doesn’t suit Nala. Hope I’m wrong…”!
Another Twitter user suggested that Queen Bey should have tried to change her voice to suit the character, saying her voice is “too distinct for this. It doesn’t even sound like she attempted to change the sound of her voice for the character”.
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