The Broadway cast of 'SpongeBob SquarePants.' (Photo: Joan Marcus)
In the “SpongeBob SquarePants” universe, a pineapple, a sponge and a squirrel coexist under the sea. To create a theatrical version of this illogical world, director Tina Landau relied on a similarly disparate collection of musical talents, from rapper T.I. to members of Aerosmith to gospel artist Yolanda Adams. With pitches rapped over the phone and demos sent back over voicemail, Landau and her team constructed a rare Broadway score featuring original songs by more than a dozen artists. “Don’t make it some idea of what you think a SpongeBob musical is supposed to sound like. Make it in your…

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