Sneak Peek at Spider-Man Musical!

One of the highlights of our trip to New York Comic-Con did not actually take place at the Con.  On Friday we had the exclusive privilege of meeting Julie Taymor (Broadway’s The Lion King, films Frida, Titus and Across the Universe)  at the Foxwoods Theatre where she is in the midst of rehearsals for the musical Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark.  With a book by Ms. Taymor and Glen Berger and music by U2′s Bono and The Edge, it’s a highly anticipated production years in the making (including a reported inflated budget of $50M, huge compared to even most Broadway musicals) .

Ms. Taymor was gracious enough to give myself, Andy and Conor a walk-through of some of the intentions of the production.  We were not able to stick around for the tech rehearsal but the set designs that we were able to see were amazing.  Andy immediately declared “Ditko!” when we saw them – they are heavily influenced by Steve Ditko’s designs.

The other cool thing is the acrobatic work that they are aiming to do with the production.  Spider-Man (to be played by British musician Reeve Carney) will be actually flying with a series of ropes and will actually be able to fly to the balcony.  I found it very Cirque du Soleil and really impressed me.  If they’re able to pull off what they aim to do it’ll be quite the spectacle.

As a huge fan of musicals I’m looking forward to the production to see what the final product will be like.  In the interim, perhaps I should begin to brainstorm ideas for a Kill Shakespeare musical…

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