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The New York Post says Bono has rescued the Spider-Man musical.

Photo via New York Post

We’ve been off for the weekend, enjoying the fine mountain air, but over the weekend it seems Bono (and not Disney) has swooped in and rescued the Spider-Man musical.

Last we checked in with the musical, reports were that they were completely bankrupt because of Julie Taymor’s spending spree of 45 million dollars. However, Michael Riedel of the New York Post reports (seemingly from outer-space and with no attribution) that Bono is looking to get his vast network of rich buddies to invest in the show and give it a boost it desperately needs.

Riedel puts it beautifully:

Bono feeds half of Africa, so raising a few more million for “Spider-Man” shouldn’t be too difficult.

Exactly.  So, some workers go back to work today, but there still remains the fact that Evan Rachel Wood (who was signed to play Mary Jane. Great choice, by the way) and the rest of the actors have been released from their contracts, and no one is buying tickets for the show.

Its a real shame considering I’m sure this musical will be a sight to behold with the awesome Alan Cumming playing Norman Osborne/Green Goblin, the aforementioned Wood and…hang on.  Has Peter Parker even been cast?  Somebody answer this quick!  Also someone please explain to Bono why Kurt Cobain should not be uttered in the same sentence as Peter Parker!

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Will someone please tell Bono that the Spider-Man musical is dead?

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.

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Spider-Man Musical probably not going to crawl up the drain.


As reported last week, the company behind the musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark was looking for a new producer. Today, Michael Riedel of the New York Post reports that U2’s musical may be on the verge of death as actors are being released from their contracts, and ticket agents are refunding people for early previews. Says Reidel in his column:

“Spider-Man” has been in trouble from the beginning, done in by the inexperience of its producers — Sony, Marvel Comics and David Garfinkle, a Chicago lawyer who, sources say, had almost no Broadway experience.

“He was in over his head,” a source says.

Taymor, the director of “The Lion King,” conceived of “Spider-Man” as an “installation show,” something big and bold and full of special effects. Something, in other words, like Cirque du Soleil.

That’s fine if you’re going to put the damn thing up in Las Vegas, where “installation shows” run several times a day and are funded in large part by hotels and casinos.

Reidel reports that Julie Taymor’s really crazy spending spree would count up to a nearly impossible price tag for the theater to break even.  At 45 million, the theater would have to play five years straight of sold out shows to pay back their investment.  I’m sorry to say, but it looks like this spider has been flushed down the drain for good.

(I’ll stop now with the puns, sorry, I can’t help myself).

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Spider-Man musical is having issues.

Shocking.  When you think about the talent involved with Evan Rachel Wood, music from U2, and Julie Taymor’s apparent ridiculous spending totaling somewhere around 45 million (!!!).  Vulture reports:

Michael Riedel reports this morning that production on 2010’s Julie Taymor–directed, U2-scored Broadway musical Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark — now budgeted at $45 million, apparently — is on “hiatus” because money’s run out. Hilariously, that’s not even its most pressing problem. The show’s lead producer, David Garfinkle, a Chicago showbiz lawyer with little producing experience who magically usurped authority following the death of the original producer in 2005, has been unable to reign in Taymor’s excesses, hence the out-of-control budget, says Riedel. Even Bono’s mad!

Apparently, Bono and The Edge are pretty furious and want a replacement for Garfinkle by the end of business today.  In the mean time, for all the money they are spending, I imagine ticket prices when this thing opens in March 2010 will be through the roof.  Considering, the problems Broadway is having I really hope they can pull this together, while curbing costs on that will eventually be reflective on ticket prices, making it tough for those of us DYING to see this musical. (Which is a first for me to say, because I hate musicals).

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Jeez, don’t you think Alan Cumming looks just like the Green Goblin?

Good thing, because he will be playing Spider-Man’s penultimate nemesis, Norman Osborn in Julie Taymor’s Broadway show, “Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark.” Also announced with Cumming, via press release, Evan Rachel Wood (currently starring in Woody Allen’s “Whatever Works”) will be playing the Wallcrawler’s love, Mary Jane Watson.

The Broadway show, written and directed by Julie Taymor has worked with the two stars before.  She recently directed Cumming in the yet to be released “Titus” and Wood was her star in “Across the Universe,” with music and lyrics by Bono and the Edge the show is sure to be a blast.  Said Taymor:

Across The Universe was my first opportunity to work with Evan Rachel Wood– and it was a sublime experience. Evan is unique: she is a young actress with incredible depth for both serious and comic drama in films and theater, and on top of that, she has an extraordinary lyrical voice. We are thrilled to have her as our Mary Jane.

Julie Taymor is thrilled to be working with Alan Cumming again. “I obviously love him as this is my third collaboration with Alan – and finally we get to do it on stage. He has such range and such charisma as a performer that I feel confident his Green Goblin will bring many surprises that will move and entertain us.”

Frankly, these casting choices are outstanding, now if only we can get Wood to replace Kirsten Dunst in the movies we’d be getting somewhere. And Cumming has worked in comic book related live action by playing Nightcrawler in “X2: X-Men United”.  This is sure to be a blockbuster production and tickets are on sale at Ticketmaster, but at a hefty price tag of $135 on the low end.

Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, as its called, premieres at the Hilton Theatre, Feb. 10, 2010.

Source: Evan Rachel Wood and Alan Cumming to star in Spidey Musical [via CBR].

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