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Long-delayed Spider-Man musical finally appears back on track

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

Marvel reportedly has granted its fifth rights extension to the producers of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, the much-delayed Broadway musical.

According to Variety, the big-budget production appears to be moving full steam toward an opening in November or December … a mere eight months or so behind schedule: A flying workshop was held last week in Las Vegas, green-screen footage is being filmed this week in New York City, and construction continues on the 1,700-seat Hilton Theatre — all sure signs the $52-million production is back on track.

That’s certainly a good thing for the Julie Taymor-directed show, as the trade paper points to indications that Marvel is getting antsy: “It’s said Marvel has periodically asked for proof of the project’s progress, with some adding that the recent fifth extension would likely be the last.”

Word trickled out last week that Next to Normal star Jennifer Damiano has been cast as Mary Jane Watson, replacing Evan Rachel Wood, who left the production in March. Spider-Man producers haven’t confirmed Damiano’s casting or commented on widely circulating reports that Patrick Page (The Lion King) will play Green Goblin, stepping in for Alan Cumming, who bailed in April. At this point, the only cast member known for certain is 26-year-old relative newcomer Reeve Carney, who’ll star in the title role.

Featuring a score by U2′s Bono and the Edge with a book by Taymor and Glen Berger, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is expected to be the most expensive musical in Broadway history.

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They can release all the faux-enthusiastic “No really, the Spider-Man musical is back on track, even though we lost all the recognizable actors and anyone with 3rd grade math skills can figure out this thing will never be profitable” press releases they want, the whole project still reeks of being DOA, or more accurately Dead Before Arrival..

Thank heavens it’s back on track. I don’t think I could face a tomorrow without the promise of a Spider Man musical in it.

I would like to see a musical about the quest to make the Spider-Man musical.

Ever since Alan Cumming dropped out, I’ve had no interest in seeing the play. I was googling him recently and cam upon this cute video of him with his dogs: http://www.itsasickness.com/lounge/joe-plummer-obsessed-shakespeare-controversy. So adorable.

Is there really such a demand to see Spiderman or any other superhero, in a Broadway play?!?

They’re already saying it’s going to bomb on U2′s website

http://www.atu2.com/news/broadway-bombshell.html

“Without playing even a single performance, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is already the stuff of Broadway infamy. It’s poised — should it ever open — to be the most expensive flop in theater history.”

Sean Hayes did a great parody of it during the Tony Awards show, running down the aisle singing a very muffled “Don’t Rain On My Parade” (which had just been performed a few minuteds earlier by Lea Michelle of Glee. He was mentioning that Spider-Man was coming to Broadway.

Well, seeing as the comic book is pretty much over I don’t think a musical will do anymore harm.

“green-screen footage is being filmed this week in New York City”

I’m not well versed in theater, nevermind more the modern and elaborate productions such as Lion King and the upcoming Spider-Man, but how would a green-screen be utilized with a stage production?

-r-

Don’t we get an article like this about 3 or 4 weeks here?

>”I would like to see a musical about the quest to make the Spider-Man musical.”

Now THAT I would go see…That could have a real “Waiting For Guffman” quality to it.

>”Well, seeing as the comic book is pretty much over I don’t think a musical will do anymore harm.”

Joe, FTW! You should’ve mentioned how the film franchise is DOA though… Is anyone honestly interested in the upcoming reboot?

just when it looks like the thing will finaly be put out its misery and spider man will be spared the embarrassment of bombing on broad way and thus taint for a long time any future attempt to have the marvel universe try and add broad way as other media conqured. the thing keeps living. at least till Marvel finaly says enough is enough the thing is dead no more chances or tries.

“Well, seeing as the comic book is pretty much over I don’t think a musical will do anymore harm.”

The current Zeb Wells arc is one of the best in years.

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