This morning on ABC’s Good Morning America, director Julie Taymor appeared along with a satellite uplink with U2’s Bono and The Edge to show off some of the work they’ve been doing on Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, the long-in-the-works Spider-Man musical that’s coming to Broadway.
Click through to see the video for yourself, along with a few screengrabs…
With a production budget higher than anything stage productions have ever seen before, and the very first time a comic book character is getting his own musical, expectations are all over the map for this one. Can the stage theater capture the essence of Peter Parker? What will the music sound like? Can rock frontman Reeve Carney pull off the wall crawler as both a hero and a singer? And perhaps most pertinent of all: are there any geeks among the Broadway set?
From what you can see in the video, the sets are being designed to pop-up like a pop-up book, but it’s the villains that look genuinely bizarre, with lots of Japanese/samurai influences in their costume designs. And speaking of those villains, they’re incorporating a number of major ones from the comic, but they’ve also invented a new villain called “Swiss Miss,” who’s made up of Swiss Army Knife parts.
I think geeks everywhere have serious reservations about Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, but no one can deny that it’s going to be fascinating to see what the audience reaction is.