Spider-Man Broadway Musical Starts This Year

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Broadway somehow managed to compress the fantasy epic that is J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings into a three-hour musical extravaganza on stage – so why wouldn’t its song & dance show Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark eventually come to fruition as well?

The Spider-Man musical has long been in development and was previously rumored to be on indefinite hold due to exorbitant production costs.  That is no longer the case, as the comic book-turned-stage show will begin preview performances on November 14th, while opening night is scheduled for December 21st.

Turn Off The Dark is being directed by Julie Taymor, who will also return to movie theaters this awards season with her new cinematic take on a Shakespearean work, The Tempest.  The Across the Universe auteur was also responsible for the unique visual design of Disney’s The Lion King Broadway musical, so that is (relatively) encouraging.

Taymor also co-wrote the play book for the show, which will feature music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge.  If the idea of Spider-Man and Green Goblin duking it out on a stage while rhythmic intonations that sound eerily similar to the beat of “Vertigo” play in the background sounds odd, just wait until you see Iron Man belt out showtunes by Sting (just kidding – for now).

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If Turn Off The Dark is successful, will other Marvel superheroes be making their way to Broadway as well?  The transition from comic book to live theater is certainly not as natural as that to film – not that it will matter, should Spider-Man break a leg during his opening night on stage.

Moviegoers can at least take comfort in this – while tickets to see Marc Webb’s upcoming Spider-Man reboot on a 3D screen might cost a few extra bucks, it cannot compare to the $140 that some Broadway patrons will be coughing up to see Spidey dance a jig on stage.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Achtung Spidey: what a treat this will be. Like many thousands of other moviegoers I felt there wasn’t nearly enough singing, dancing, weeping and learning about great power and responsibility in Spider-Man 3.

    “I love you, Harry!”

  2. The spiderman franchise has taken a turn for the worst in the past year

  3. Gee-whizz! I just can’t wait till they debut “The Fabulous Four!”

  4. Come on Bonio and The Hedge, you can top the hard-hitting, high-kicking, web-slinging lessons on love, life, laughter and tears, power and blahblahblah delivered in this one, surely…

  5. Nothing I can write in this little box can express how retarded this is!

    • Ah, but we can beat this Bad Idea with one worse than that…

      LOBO: The Musical

      • Or worse yet…

        Power Pack, Performing Perspicaciously!

      • Actually, Lobo would make a much better, more natural transition to the stage than Spider-Man…just think Sweeney Todd but more obnoxious and on a galactic scale :D

  6. This just makes me feel embarrassed to be a nerd….

  7. I thought they weren’t going to develop the broadway play? I mean,, what did they do? Just say :F#@$% it lets just get it out there. It surely sounds like that’s whats happening. How can a production go from indefinite hold to release dates? Some people really need money! Good thing it wont be mine!

  8. Okay so in Toyfare magazine #156 and 157 there is a two part Twisted Toyfare Theater that IS a SPIDERMAN Musical!!! These issues came out two months ago. So that kinda makes me wonder just where these guys came up with the idea really…

    • Uhm, this project has been in development for eight years, so I doubt they got the idea from the fine folks at Toyfare magazine…

  9. The Evil Dead musical was cool. I don’t think it was on Broadway but still.