[lastfm]U2[/lastfm] has already famously contributed a track to a comic book movie (“Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” from the Batman Forever soundtrack in 1995). But with Spider-Man, the band’s contributed…an entire Broadway show! Find out more about the on-again, off-again theatrical experience after the jump!
The musical is titled “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark” and features original music written by [lastfm]The Edge[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Bono[/lastfm] of [lastfm]U2[/lastfm]. It will be directed by Julie Taymor, who directed the [lastfm]Beatles[/lastfm]-inspired film Across the Universe, in which [lastfm]Bono[/lastfm] makes a cameo appearance.
“It touches on opera, it touches on rock & roll,” [lastfm]The Edge[/lastfm] said. “There are some real character-driven songs as well, very unusual song types for us. It is much more like opera than a straight musical. We’re actually not calling it a musical for that reason because we don’t want to put people off.”
The production was originally slated to go into previews in February, but ran into cash flow problems – it’s budget stands now at $50 million! But rehearsals have begun again, with lead actor Reeve Carney tweeting, “I can’t wait for the world to see this thing — It’s finally happening.”
We’re assuming that the songwriting process went a little differently than Craig Ferguson‘s dramatization:
[Source: Rolling Stone]