Recording artist John Legend attends the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California

Recording artist John Legend attends the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California

*John Legend is set to contribute original music to Nickelodeon’s new stage project – a musical based on SpongeBob Squarepants.

The kiddie network announced Monday it will produce the world premiere of “The SpongeBob Musical” in Chicago next summer with original songs from Legend, David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Dirty Projectors, The Flaming Lips, T.I., Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, Lady Antebellum, Panic! At the Disco, and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.

Producers call it “a rousing tale of a simple sea sponge who faces the unfathomable. It’s a celebration of unbridled hope, unexpected heroes, and pure theatrical invention.”

The musical will play Chicago’s Oriental Theatre starting June 7 with an eye toward Broadway.