U2′s Bono and The Edge talked to the Guardian a while back about the Spider-Man musical.
“We don’t really like musicals,” the Edge said. “Most musicals are really pants. They’re really not very cool.” Instead, they suggest people use a much more cool term: opera. “It touches on opera, it touches on rock’n'roll … It is much more like opera than a straight musical.”
Julie Taymor will direct the Broadway show, to be called Turn Off the Dark. Bono and the Edge – though not the other two members of U2 – will provide lyrics and music.
“We made one rule for ourselves,” the Edge said. “That we would never have Spider-Man singing. A guy singing in tights can’t happen.” That’s not the case for love-interest Mary Jane, to be played by Evan Rachel Wood, or for the “extraordinary” – and as-yet unannounced – female villain. But even if Spider-Man might not be singing, it seems likely his alter ego, Peter Parker, will warble a rock aria or two. And yet theirs is not the typical Peter Parker, according to Bono. Parker “[is] not [quite] Kurt Cobain, but a kind of slacker, a more kind of shy sort of guy,” he said.
Heh, Kurt Cobain/Peter Parker? Uhm, I’m not following. Like, I don’t see the correlation. Can someone explain to them this, ’cause they seem to be terribly out of the loop. Though I am with them in the sense that musicals are “pants”. KTHXBYE.