Broadway News: Big-budget Bono musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark confirms its long-awaited opening, plus a new take on Alice in Wonderland comes to New York

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

Bono and Julie Taylor

Bono and Julie Taylor

Julie Taymor’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark finally begins rehearsals in New York next week, 16 August, and has gone on pre-sale. The show will start at the Foxwoods Theatre on Broadway, previously called the Hilton, on 14 November 2010, with an opening night set for 21 December.

Rehearsal for choreography and aerial flying lessons started last month for the new musical starring Reeve Carney as Peter Parker.

The $50 million show has suffered a number of financial and funding problems, with delays causing original cast members Evan Rachel Wood and Alan Cumming to drop out of the production.

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark features songs by U2’s Bono and the Edge, and will be directed by The Lion King’s Julie Taymor, who wrote the book for the show alongside Glen Berger.

Reeve Carney

Reeve Carney

The Edge has previously described the Spider-Man musical, based on the Marvel comic book hero, as a blend of genres including opera and rock ‘n’ roll: “there are some real character-driven songs as well, very unusual song types for us. It is much more like opera than a straight musical. We’re actually not calling it a musical for that reason because we don’t want to put people off.”

Reeve Carney is a member of rock band CARNEY, alongside his brother Zane. His acting credits include Ferdinand in Taymor’s forthcoming movie The Tempest, alongside Helen Mirren as a female Prospero, Ben Whishaw as Ariel and Djimon Hounsou as Caliban. The film will close this year’s Venice Film Festival.

Reeve is currently in intensive pre-rehearsals, including working on his vocals with celebrated voice-coach Valerie Morehouse.

Other casting includes Patrick Page (The Lion King, A Christmas Carol) as The Green Goblin / Norman Obsorn and Jennifer Damiano (Spring Awakening, Next to Normal) as Mary Jane Watson.

Wonderland

WonderlandA new musical inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland is slated to come to Broadway in Spring next year.

Wonderland is the story of Alice, a woman who is having a rough time as she finds her career in jeopardy, and she is estranged from her husband and alienated from her daughter.

She then suddenly finds herself in Wonderland, where she encounters characters from Lewis Carroll’s classic tale, helping her to rediscover the wonder in her life while searching for her daughter.

The musical follows the success of Disney’s hit film Alice in Wonderland 3D and mirrors the reimagining and extending of classic tales such as The Wizard of Oz-inspired musical Wicked.

The show has been conceived by Broadway veteran Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Civil War, Dracula: The Musical), with Gregory Boyd directing and a book co-written with Wildhorn and Jack Murphy.

Wonderland will try out in Tampa, Florida before starting previews on Broadway on 21 March for an opening of 17 April. The cast will be announced soon.

The show had its world premiere, as “Wonderland: Alice’s New Musical Adventure” at the Alley Theatre in Houston and a concept recording of the show is available.

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Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

Wonderland