A recent report pegged the “Spider-Man” musical as back on track thanks to two new investors joining the fray to rescue our friendly neighborhood wallcrawler from his financial woes—but according to James D. Stern, one of the two alleged investors, nothing is a certainty yet.
“Yeah, I think that it would be good if people would actually talk to me before they write that sort of thing,” Stern told MTV News. “It’s not really—I mean, I don’t know. Whether I’m involved in it or not, I don’t have any idea yet.”
While Stern’s involvement in “Turn off the Dark” is speculative at best at this point, he nonetheless has more than enough Broadway credibility to potentially save the show. In addition to his involvement in productions such as “The Sound of Music,” “The Producers” and Will Ferrell’s recent “You’re Welcome America,” Stern also co-produced and co-directed the highly-acclaimed “Every Little Step,” a documentary that followed the audition process for the revival of “A Chorus Line.”
It remains to be seen whether or not Stern will swing alongside “Turn off the Dark,” but for now, he feels comfortable saying that Broadway has plenty of room for Spider-Man—in fact, it’s big enough for some of Spidey’s superhero contemporaries as well.
“I absolutely do,” he stated when asked if he thought that Broadway and superheroes were compatible with one another. “Although, there are superheroes who have flown on the Great White Way but have not kept aloft, so you have to be careful, too.”
Indeed, a Superman musical titled “It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman” had a short run on Broadway several decades ago, ultimately proving that kryptonite wasn’t the Man of Steel’s only weakness (but that’s not stopping musical lovers in Texas from giving Kal-El another shot next year).
Will Spider-Man meet a similar fate when and if he makes it to Broadway in 2010? Stern, who at least has some insider familiarity with “Turn off the Dark,” doesn’t think so.
“I love the show,” he declared. “I think it’s brilliant. The score is brilliant.”
What do you think, readers? Will Stern save the “Spider-Man” musical, or would you rather see Peter Parker’s Broadway ambitions dashed prematurely? Sound off in the comments section!