Set to premiere at the People’s Improv Theater in New York—a day before the thoroughly critiqued Julie Taymor production—is a satirical song and dance entitled “The Spidey Project: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility”.
Created by improviser Justin Moran, the comedic piece purports to compose a “fully realized” Spider-Man musical in under 30 days—with no budget. Of course, that particular provision stands in great contrast to Taymor’s massively funded “Turn Off The Dark.”
Also standing in stark contrast to the still-evolving big budget Broadway musical may be the new musical’s plot, which Moran has said is “100-percent” based on the Web Slinger’s actual comic origin.
“It’s Peter Parker, in high school at Forest Hills when he gets bitten by the spider and all that good stuff,” he told The New York Times.
Moran collaborated on the show’s story and book with writer Jon Roufaeal, and enlisted composers Adam Podd and Doug Katsaros to write and arrange its score.
Moran was inspired to create “The Spidey Project” after perusing the ruthless reviews heaped upon its mammoth muse. The comedian and composer sought to make it clear that there’s nothing mean-spirited in his objective.
“Our goal isn’t to tear down Julie Taymor or parody her production. Our goal is to do what she should have done in the first place, and that’s just make a really good musical," he said.
Moran may not want to call his show a parody, but it’s difficult to argue against the thought that “The Spidey Project” must tinged with irony — not to mention the show’s survival may depend on the label. Moran does not have formal permission from Marvel to pursue his musical, but said he was advised that “there’s enough leeway in the parody or spoof angle” to proceed.
“If I can manage to get one performance off without getting any cease-and-desist letters,” Moran continued, “maybe I’ll count my blessings.
So how much will fans have to shell out to see “The Spidey Project?”
“Ideally tickets will be free,” Moran states within an online FAQ posted on the show’s blog. “I understand it costs money to keep a theater opened so if they absolutely need to charge a small cost, like $5 a ticket, just to pay their insurance fees or internal staff so we can have our show, I think that’s pretty fair.”
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