Julie Taymor’s long-gestating Spider-Man musical will be known as Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark when it opens in New York on 18th February next year.
Costing $31 million (nice and pricey for a stage musical, then), the show will feature music from U2’s Bono and the Edge.
There’s no word on exactly what the plot will be yet - we’re guessing from that title it’s either a clash with a big, nasty villain or a stirring warning about the dangers of dark matter as alternative fuel – but Taymor at least now has a date she’s working towards.
What she doesn’t yet have is a solid, locked cast. Evan Rachel Wood has said that she’s nabbed the role of Mary Jane Watson, and while she and Across The Universe co-star Jim Sturgess have been playing MJ and Peter Parker, no one has been officially cast.
Taymor’s been working out the kinks on this one for a while now – it hasn’t always gone smoothly, but then with such a big, high-pressure show, problems are always to be expected.
Given that this is the director who made The Lion King work so well on stage, it has a good chance of being spectacular…
Would you go to see a Spider-musical? Do you think it’ll fly or flop?
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