Inside the ‘SpongeBob’ Musical’s All-Star Rock Soundtrack

When Tina Landau's agent asked her if she would be interested in directing a musical based on SpongeBob SquarePants, she replied with a blunt "No."

"All that came to my head was a big, theme-park–style children's show with giant mascot heads and foam characters," she says. "That did not interest me."

But when she learned that the cartoon's creator, Stephen

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