Spider-Man musical gets release date

Evan Rachel Wood at the OscarsSpider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, the highly-anticipated Broadway musical, will open at New York’s Hilton Theatre on February 18, 2010, with preview performances beginning January 16. The $40 million production, featuring songs and lyrics by U2’s Bono and The Edge, is believed to be the most expensive stage musical in Broadway history. “Spider-Man’s battles will hurtle the audience through an original story both recognizable and unexpected — yielding new characters as well as familiar faces — until a final surprising confrontation casts a startling new light on this hero’s journey,” producers said in a statement. Evan Rachel Wood will play love interest Mary-Jane. No other casting decisions have been announced. Tony Award-winning The Lion King director Julie Taymor will helm the show.

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  1. Jessie • February 26, 2009 @ 12:34 PM

    So they take Rent off Broadway and add THIS?!

    I dunno…maybe it wont suck that much. It just sounds a bit lame.

  2. ke • February 26, 2009 @ 1:17 PM

    wow! bono and the edge doing the music and julie taymor directing it? that sounds amazing. the only thing i’m baffled about is that its spider-man. really? oh well, this sounds interesting. i probably will never see it but if taymor is doing it then it must be really good.

  3. MusicalDude • February 26, 2009 @ 1:35 PM

    I’d see it. I’d see anything by Julie Taymor. I’d just be afraid that it would have the same fate as the “Lord of the Rings” musical. Lots of money thrown at it, great music, incredible spectacle… but poor writing and no connection to the characters. We shall see…

  4. sk8tergirl • February 26, 2009 @ 4:58 PM

    A Spider-Man musical? o_O Ah well, might be good.

  5. lily • February 26, 2009 @ 7:28 PM

    As long as the U2 music is better than the song they did on the Grammy’s (and how could it be worse), this could be great!

  6. lily • February 26, 2009 @ 7:29 PM

    Um, sorry, but is that “Grammys”? “Grammies”?

  7. Jo-Anne. • February 27, 2009 @ 9:43 AM

    agree, lily. Been a big fan of U2 in the pst, seen a few of their concerts, I really dislike their Sexy Boots song and a couple of others I’ve heard so far on the new CD, not looking too promising for such a talented band…

    jessie, interesting comment regarding Rent. It has been one of my favourite shows so far, love the soundtrack too….saw it years ago in Toronto and was very impressed with it…

    I will definitely attempt to get tickets for this Spider-Man show

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