In all their business news yesterday, a firm opening, title, and other info for the Spider-Man musical was announced. You’ll recall that the musical will be directed by Julie Taymor with music and lyrics by Bono and the Edge, and a book by Taymor and Glen Berger. No casting has been announced, but in red carpet interviews, Evan Rachel Wood keeps hinting strongly that she’ll play Mary Jane.
“Spider-Man, Turn Off The Dark” opens on Thursday, February 18, 2010 at Broadway’s Hilton Theatre, 213 West 42nd Street. And some lucky Broadway goers will get to see the show when preview performances begin Saturday, January 16, 2010.
Stay tuned to Marvel.com to find out about your chance to purchase tickets to “Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark” before they go on sale to the general public!
Group tickets now on sale. Single tickets will go on sale June, 2009. For more information about group tickets, visit the “Spider-Man” website at www.SpidermanOnBroadway.com or by calling 1-800-Broadway.
The NY Times has more info, although it will sadden some:
Mr. Bryan-Brown said that the music and lyrics were largely complete, but that Bono and the Edge would “of course write more songs as necessary.” He said that the subtitle of the musical, “Turn Off the Dark,” is the title of one of the songs, and added that there were no plans to use or riff on the well-known theme song from the television cartoon series about the Marvel comic-book superhero.
Incidentally, despite widespread reports in the New York theater gossip scene that the musical is wildly over budget, according to their earnings call, ever thrifty Marvel is not on the hook at all:
Regarding the Spider-man musical, for 2009 there’s no material financial effects. Just to reiterate, we are not investing any capital into the Spider-man musical and we do have a very significant first dollar gross participation in all the revenues. So for 2009, there should be no financial effects; 2010, again no cost effects, only whatever revenues we get as our gross participation in the show, including merchandise revenues, by the way, which some of these shows do significant business in.