Spider-Man Musical Stumbles in Previews; Bono Compares Himself to Green Goblin
Posted 11.30.10 by Ryan
Despite an estimated $60 million budget, the effort of director Julie Taymor, and the music of U2's Bono and The Edge, the Broadway musicalSpider-Man: Turn Off the Dark experienced a few hiccups during its first preview on Sunday. THR reports that the show "ran over three-and-a-half hours" and "stopped at least five times times as actors dangled from cables with flying tricks gone wrong."
However, like any good piece of the theater, the show must go on. "There will be no delays in performance schedule," a spokesman for the show revealed to THR. "Previews will continue as planned."
This is good news for fans of comic book musicals (1966's It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman anyone?), and U2 fans wondering what Bono and The Edge have done with the music. The two musicians told MTV that there are many similarities between
the Irish rockers and the fictional superhero despite growing up in different countries, they all share "fairly humble origins."
Said The Edge: "There are lots of similarities. One I can particularly relate to is, he's a superhero, he can do loads of stuff, but when he comes home, he's put back into his place. There's nothing about what he does out in the world that means anything when he's with his loved ones. He still gets s**t for being late for dinner..."
Bono remarked that "Peter Parker is more of The Edge," while he found himself to be "more of a Green Goblin situation... on a Friday night, anyway."
To learn more about the musical, watch the TV spot and view some promo photos of the production, which might look, shall we say, extreme, to an avid comic book fan. Spider-Man:Turn Off the Dark premieres in January, and might satisfy fans until the Spider-Man reboot opens on July 3, 2012.