To be sure, a few years ago there was a Spider-Man play at Radio City Music Hall (which I attended), entitled Spider-Man Live! A Stunt Spectacular!
While that show was fun and all (essentially telling a version of the origin of Spidey, but shortening it to fit on stage in a kid-friendly show) I can’t help but to think that a musical version of Spider-Man would be some sort of travesty (anyone remember It’s a bird It's a Plane It’s Superman!, the Broadway musical?)
Well, apparently the talk is more than just talk, as — according to an article in the April 16, 2007 edition of Playbill:
A reading of the new musical Spider-Man will take place in New York City July 12 and 13, Playbill.com has learned.
Then, on April 19, 2007
NME reported that U2 was slated to write music for the new Spider-Man musical:
U2’s Bono and The Edge have signed on to write music for the forthcoming Broadway musical, 'Spider-Man'.
The singer and guitarist will team up with director Julie Taymor to pen songs for the musical based on the Marvel Comics hero.
This story was also carried in April 20, BBC News announced that:
Bono and The Edge from U2 are to write music and lyrics for a Broadway musical based on comic book hero Spider-Man, according to film trade paper Variety..
Still, all of that was just talk, right? People talk about stuff all the time and noting ever really comes of it, only then there was this report back in February from The Bad & the Ugly.
Hey-O Superhero Fans!
There have been strong buzzings that crazy genius cum commercial sellout Julie Taymor (Titus, Across The Universe) had cast her Across The Universe leads – Jim Stugress and Evan Rachel Wood - as Peter Parker and Mary-Jane in her upcoming Broadway adaptation of Spider-Man featuring music by Bono and The Edge.
The most recent news I have is from NY Mag, from Aug 3, 2008:
Hundreds of aspiring Peter Parkers showed up at the Knitting Factory last Monday to try out for the upcoming Julie Taymor–directed Spider-Man musical. Left, auditionee head shots; below, their choices of audition tunes (pop/rock was requested—Bono and the Edge are writing Spider-Man’s music and lyrics) and selected explanations as to why they should get the part.
With all of this info available, I ask you now...can the End Times be far away?
Oh yeah, right...