August 14, 2012
Mega Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark is set to open in London, although date and venue are yet to be confirmed.
One of the most technically challenging and spectacular Broadway musicals of all time is set to come to London, as the producers of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark look for a venue in London to host the show.
The show follows the storyline of the comic book series and the 2002 movie, featuring teenager Peter Parker and his super spider powers, pitted against enemies including the Green Goblin.
Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark has become as famous for its backstage antics as its on-stage spectacle, with a very public falling out between producers and the original director Julie Taymor, and a series of serious accidents that occurred in previews and early shows as the cast got to grips with the technically complex aerial flying.
The show features a score and lyrics by U2′s Bono and the Edge and is directed by Julie Taymor and Phillip William McKinley, with a book by Julie Taymor, Glen Berger and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. It is currently unclear whether the lead of the Broadway show, Reeve Carney, would transfer to London or if the producers will find a home-grown Spider-Man. A UK star has become more likely since British actor Andrew Garfield was cast in the latest movie rebooting of the franchise, The Amazing Spider-Man.
The challenge for the producers in London will be to find a venue big enough to host this giant show. Watch this space.
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May 14, 2011
A new TV commercial has been launched for the “reimagined” Broadway musical Spider-Man Turn off the Dark, starring Reeve Carney and featuring music and lyrics by U2′s Bono and The Edge.
The show, which cost around $70 million – the most expensive Broadway musical ever staged, reopened on Thursday (12 May 2011) after closing for a revamp on 19 April. It has been previewing since November 2010.
Producers of the much-troubled musical parted company with the show’s original director, co-writer and visionary Julie Taymor in March, to be replaced by playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, director Philip William McKinley and choreographer Chase Brock. The new team has cleaned up the story, added more flying sequences, and Bono and The Edge have also reworked a number of the songs.
Reeve Carney stars as Peter Parker in the show. He told CBS News that the changes had been “reinvigorating” and that, “there’s an energy in the company because of having a clear direction, knowing where we’re headed and knowing that it’s going to be to a greater place.”
Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark – New TV Commercial