By Andrew Gans
03 Aug 2010
Directed by Taymor, the creative team will also feature Daniel Ezralow (choreography), George Tsypin (scenic design), Academy Award winner Eiko Ishioka (costume design), Tony Award winner Donald Holder (lighting design), Jonathan Deans (sound design) and Teese Gohl (musical supervision).
Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark features music and lyrics by 22-time Grammy Award winners Bono and The Edge of U2 and a book by Taymor and Glen Berger (Underneath The Lintel).
According to the producers, the new musical is described as such: "Drawing from over 40 years of Marvel comic books for inspiration, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark spins a new take on the mythic tale of a young man propelled from a modest rowhouse in Queens to the sky-scraping spire of the Chrysler Building, the bustling offices of the Daily Bugle, through the dizzying canyons of Manhattan, to new vistas never before seen. The musical follows the story of teenager Peter Parker, whose unremarkable life is turned upside-down –literally – when he’s bitten by a genetically altered spider and wakes up the next morning clinging to his bedroom ceiling. This bullied science-geek – suddenly endowed with astonishing powers – soon learns, however, that with great power comes great responsibility as villains test not only his physical strength but also his strength of character. Spider-Man’s battles will hurtle the audience through an origin story both recognizable and unexpected – yielding new characters as well as familiar faces – until a final surprising confrontation casts a startling new light on this hero’s journey."
Reeve Carney will star in the title role; additional casting is expected shortly.
The new musical is produced by Michael Cohl, Jeremiah J. Harris, Hello Entertainment/David Garfinkle, Marvel Entertainment, and Sony Pictures Entertainment.