Years of speculation, bizarre rumors and lofty creative ambitions will finally culminate in an opening night for “Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark” next year on Broadway. The high-profile musical will unite U2’s Bono and The Edge with Tony Award-winning director Julie Taymor (“Across the Universe”), promising high standards for the show’s sense of visual and sonic spectacle.
“The musical follows the story of teenager Peter Parker, whose unremarkable life is turned upside-down—literally—when he’s bitten by a genetically altered spider and wakes up the next morning clinging to his bedroom ceiling,” states the newly revealed plot synopsis. “This bullied science-geek—suddenly endowed with astonishing powers—soon learns, however, that with great power comes great responsibility as villains test not only his physical strength but also his strength of character.
The official announcement doesn’t name villains, but does hint at a comics-friendly grand finale.
According to the official synopsis for the musical, “Spider-Man’s battles will hurtle the audience through an origin story both recognizable and unexpected--yielding new characters as well as familiar faces--until a final surprising confrontation casts a startling new light on this hero’s journey."
The show will open on Thursday, February 18, 2010 at Broadway’s Hilton Theatre, going into preview performances starting January 16, with group tickets currently on sale and single tickets going on sale in June 2009.
The release makes no mention of reported Mary Jane actress Evan Rachel Wood or the supposedly record-shattering "Spider-Man" musical budget -- though further information is likely to percolate in the near future.
“Casting for ‘Spider-Man’ will be announced soon,” the release states, directing readers to the musical's official website.
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