Rock N Roll Circus With Spider-Man
BROADWAY MAGAZINE – As is to be expected, Michael Reidel of the New York Post has uncovered more details about the upcoming mega-musical Spider-Man with music by Bono and The Edge of U2, and direction by Julie Taymor. Mr. Riedel attended a sneak preview of the show intended for ticket brokers and others in the tickets business. In an article entitled “SPIDEY SENSES TINGLING,” Riedel reveals bits and pieces that will feed the curious with a desire to know more about what this production will ultimately look like.
Describing the show as a “$40 million theatrical extravaganza that features gigantic, perspective-skewing sets, 3-D projections, more aerial acrobatics than Cirque du Soleil, a cast of heroes and villains from Marvel comic books,” Riedel says that Julie Taymor “warned” theater insiders to avoid using the word “musical” to describe the show,preferring instead that it be described as a “circus rock-n-roll drama.”
Circus rock-n-roll drama…like the Bob Dylan and Twyla Tharp Broadway circus rock-n-roll drama The Times They Are A-Changin’.
Included in the new production of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark is a character called Swiss Miss, who has an arsenal of imaginative weaponry including a costume with “consists of rotating knives and swirling corkscrews,” according to the article. It is still unclear if Swiss Miss has the power to spray Spider-Man with hot chocolate.
For the final product, Broadway, U2, and comic book fans will have to wait until January when the show opens at the Hilton Theatre. Ms. Taymor has always had the capacity to achieve the impossible, but if she is able to get the world to call the new Spider-Man musical a Circus Rock-N-Roll Drama, that would be amazing. For those looking for Taymor fix before January. Check out The Lion King again. Photo by Joan Marcus.