A presentation for group sales agents and ticket brokers by director Julie Taymor and composer Bono and the Edge reveals lots and lots of details on what sounds like a groundbreaking musical experience: Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark:
WHAT do you call a $40 million theatrical extravaganza that features gigantic, perspective-skewing sets, 3-D projections, more aerial acrobatics than Cirque du Soleil, a cast of heroes and villains from Marvel comic books and a rock score by Bono and The Edge?
The phrase “Broadway musical” doesn’t seem grand enough to convey the size and scope of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” which is due to open in New York at the Hilton Theater in January 2010.
As Spider-Man, Peter clashes with a parade of Marvel villains — Green Goblin, Carnage, Electro, Rhino, Swarm and Lizard.
Berger and Taymor have invented a new baddie for the show — Swiss Miss, whose costume, designed by Oscar winner Eiko Ishioka (“Bram Stoker’s Dracula”), consists of rotating knives and swirling corkscrews.
Five young singers performed six songs from the show, including the haunting “Rise Above,” which is as good as any rock ballad in “Rent.”
The kid who sang that song, Reeve Carney, fluttered the hearts of all ladies in the auditorium. He seemed to have impressed Bono as well, and is said to be the leading contender to play Peter Parker.
My favorite songs included two beautiful ballads written for Peter Parker which bookended the presentation, “Rise Above” and “Boy Falls From The Sky.” Both were incredibly successful at marrying story to lyric; they also managed to simultaneously sound like U2 rock tracks AND Broadway classics. I also liked the title ballad, “Turn Off The Dark,” a minor-chord metaphor for heroism, and an uptempo rocker, “Bouncing Off The Walls,” which will have Peter taking the title literally…with walls that move to accomodate his bouncing!
This is gonna be a big deal…