Spider-Man Librettist Glen Berger Will Pen "The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History"

By Michael Gioia
24 Oct 2012

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Playwright Glen Berger, who co-authored the script of Broadway's Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, has signed a deal with Simon & Schuster to write "Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History," chronicling his journey with the production.

As first reported in the New York Times, "Song of Spider-Man" was acquired by Jonathan Karp, the publisher and executive vice-president of Simon & Schuster, himself librettist and lyricist of the Off-Broadway musical How to Save the World… A spokesperson for the publishing company independently confirmed the Berger book plan with Playbill.com, sharing the cover art. The publication date is to be determined.

Berger co-wrote Spider-Man's book alongside Tony winner Julie Taymor, who was eventually let go from the production in 2011. Playwright and comic book writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa was then enlisted by the musical's creative team to make revisions to the book alongside Berger.



Berger's other works include Underneath the Lintel; O Lovely Glowworm; and Great Men of Science, Nos. 21 & 22. He has also collaborated on the musicals On Words and Onwards and A Night in the Old Marketplace.