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Today Faith Erin Hicks steps up to the wheel. You know her from such works as Friends with Boys, Brain Camp, The Adventures of Superhero Girl, Zombies Calling and The War at Ellesmere, as well as the upcoming The Last of Us and Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong. Check out her website for more information.
Now let’s get to it …
If you’ve been following the media on Spider-Man:Turn Off the Dark, then no doubt you’ve already heard “Rise Above,” the song written by Bono and the Edge for the multimillion-dollar musical. If not, the producers have you covered, as they’ve released a video of the song featuring the two U2 members and Reeve Carney, who plays the webslinger on Broadway. The video shows rehearsals as well as a few on-stage clips, but probably not nearly enough Spider-Man. Watch it above and see.
When Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark star Reeve Carney debuted the song “Boy Falls From the Sky” last month on Good Morning America, it was virtually impossible not to imagine what the anthem might sound like performed by U2. After all, Bono and the Edge wrote that number, as well as the rest of the score, for director Julie Taymor’s $52-million musical — and it has all of the hallmarks of a U2 song (some even compared it to “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me,” the band’s contribution to the Batman Forever soundtrack).
Well, now you no longer have to imagine, as U2 offered its rendition of “Boy Falls From the Sky” on Sunday at a concert in Portugal. And as the audience was filled with cellphone users, multiple videos are available on YouTube.
Stand Up To Cancer, a charity that raises money for and promotes cancer research, has several auctions going right now that might be of interest to comic fans … not the least of which is the above life-size Silver Surfer statue.
“One of only 400 pieces world-wide, the statue incredibly depicts the ‘Sentinel of the Space-ways’ featuring the Silver Surfer on his legendary surfboard and striking a classic pose. The statue measures almost 8ft (7ft x 11) and weighs approximately 250 lbs. The Silver Surfer himself is in excellent condition, but minor wear appears on the surfboard and back drop,” the description reads.
In addition, they’re also auctioning off a walk-on role in the new Spider-Man film, tickets to see the Spider-Man Broadway show (and meet Bono and the Edge from U2), the chance to be immortalized in a DC comic and a visit to the set of the next Twilight movie, Breaking Dawn. That last one is up over $40,000.
The auctions end tomorrow, when a few new ones will go up … including tickets to the season premiere party of the Simpsons. You can find all the auctions here.
Someone needs to get on the phone and let Bono and The Edge know that their Spider-Man musical done lost all its money and ain’t gonna be happening anytime soon. Cause they’re still plugging the blasted thing over at The Guardian:
“We don’t really like musicals,” the Edge said. “Most musicals are really pants. They’re really not very cool.” Instead, they suggest people use a much more cool term: opera. “It touches on opera, it touches on rock’n'roll … It is much more like opera than a straight musical.”
“We made one rule for ourselves,” the Edge said. “That we would never have Spider-Man singing. A guy singing in tights can’t happen.” That’s not the case for love-interest Mary Jane, to be played by Evan Rachel Wood, or for the “extraordinary” – and as-yet unannounced – female villain. But even if Spider-Man might not be singing, it seems likely his alter ego, Peter Parker, will warble a rock aria or two. And yet theirs is not the typical Peter Parker, according to Bono. Parker “[is] not [quite] Kurt Cobain, but a kind of slacker, a more kind of shy sort of guy,” he said.
See, now I was feeling kinda sad that the show had gone south until I read that quote. Now I’m glad it failed. (via Topless Robot)
Marvel has released two videos featuring Julie Taymor, director of the Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark musical. In the first video she talks about doing research for the musical by reading a bunch of Spider-Man comics, noting that Peter Parker will sing, but once he puts on his suit, he’s all action. “…oh my God, Spider-Man singing in tights. Ain’t gonna happen,” she says.
In the second video, available after the jump, she talks about where the subtitle “Turn Off the Dark” came from.
U2′s Bono and the Edge discuss their work on the upcoming Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark! in this YouTube clip:
Tickets are available June 24 if you use your American Express card; you can find more details here.
Several of the folks involved in the upcoming Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark gave a presentation to ticket brokers and group-sales agents last week, including director Julie Taymor and U2 members Bono and The Edge. Taymor talked about the project and showed off set designs, while Bono and the Edge previewed eight songs they’ve written for it. Both Modern Fabulousity and the New York Post managed to find their way into the presentation, and the former had a very detailed report that included a list of villains appearing in the production (freakin’ Swarm? Holy crap):
The set designs, displayed on the huge projection screen in the photo above, drew inspiration from the pop-art colors and the lines of comic book panels while playing with multiple perspectives. Ishioka’s costumes were breathtaking — a rogues gallery of the villains that appear onstage in the musical received audible gasps from the audience, including the Green Goblin, Lizard, Kraven, Swarm, and a new female villain created at the behest of Taymor, Swiss Miss (dressed in immaculate white dominatrix gear and multiple knives…hot!). Fans of Dr. Octopus and Sandman should know, however, that neither made an appearance in the presentation, although Taymor hinted at a special villain yet to be identified who appears in the piece.
Apparently the plan is for Spider-Man to swing over the audience, as Taymor worked with stunt designers from the Spider-Man movies and aerialists from Cirque du Soleil on “webslinger technology” for the production. Sounds very cool.
With the release this week of their new album, No Line on the Horizon, U2 are all over the media hyping it up. And as Bono talks about the new album and the other new album from them that will drop later this year, he’s also talking about his work on Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark, next year’s Broadway production featuring the wall-crawler. From this week’s Rolling Stone:
The first song Bono plays on the Maserati’s more-than-adequate sound system is called “Boy Falls From the Sky,” with Across the Universe star Jim Sturgess singing as Peter Parker. It sounds a lot like a U2 hit, especially when Bono sings along in the car with the line “I used to use a single thread to cross the sky.” “Killer!” he shouts as the song wraps up, and then he plays a choral, operatic segue. When Bono’s assistant calls on his cell, he cuts the conversation short: “We’re in the middle of an opera here!”
Clayton and Mullen haven’t even heard what Bono calls the “spider songs” yet, but the singer is hopeful that he can convince them to release the tunes in the form of a U2 album. “If we do, it’ll be a monster, ’cause it’s the most accessible music we’ve probably ever written,” Bono says. “It could be our Tommy. We could do it with guest stars and everything.”
For some reason I started receiving issues of Rolling Stone in the mail a few weeks ago — I think it’s a promotional thing to go along with their new, smaller format — so hopefully I’ll get this issue as well.
The production opens Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010 at Broadway’s Hilton Theatre, 213 West 42nd Street. Preview performances begin Saturday, Jan. 16. Group tickets are already on sale, while single tickets will go on sale in June.
Although the specific plot or villains have yet to be announced, you have to wonder if the title is a reference to the black suit or Venom. Or maybe Norman Osborn’s Dark Reign will spill out of comics and will end on Broadway? OK, that’s a big stretch …