By Michael Gioia
05 Nov 2013
Here's how the book is described: "Author Glen Berger was present at the creation [of Spider-Man], when visionary director Julie Taymor selected him to collaborate with her on the book of the musical. For seven years, Berger was an eyewitness to great artistic hopes and battles as Taymor sought to bring her vision to the stage, along with celebrated rock stars Bono and the Edge. But despite terrible reviews and public ridicule, Spider-Man went on to become one of the top ten grossing musicals in the history of Broadway — a feat inseparable from its creators' unassailable passion, immense efforts, and artistic ambition. With a sharp eye for detail and candid sense of humor, Berger reveals every aspect — the highs and lows — of the production and in doing so, takes us inside the theatrical process in a way few authors can. 'The Song of Spider-Man' is the ultimate fly-on-the-wall account of how Broadway works, how big musicals are made, and how great artists continue to dream, even in the midst of a nightmare."
Berger co-wrote Spider-Man's book alongside Tony winner Julie Taymor, who was 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.