Of all the phrases I didn’t want to hear today, Julie Taymor’s statement in a presentation to Broadway ticket brokers that Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark isn’t a musical, it’s a “circus rock-n-roll drama,” comes a close second to “Well, Mr. Bernardin, you didn’t NEED that pinkie toe.” Let me be plain: I’m neither a musical guy nor a theater guy. (The on-stage explosions are never quite big enough for me, and I haven’t seen lasers on Broadway since Starlight Express.) But I am a comic book guy, and I’ve been following the development of a Spidey show with more than an idle interest.
Taymor’s involvement is a good sign — despite my previous statements, I did see The Lion King years ago, and thought it was magnificent — and music from Bono and the Edge amps my curiosity even more. Will I go, when Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark opens in January of next year? Probably. Something like this feels like it can go only one of two ways: phenomenal or absolutely disastrous — either of which will still be entertaining.
But at first blush, I don’t think I want “circus rock-n-roll drama” in my Spider-Man peanut butter. Do you feel the same?
More Spider-Man musical:
Bono, The Edge’s ‘Spider-Man’ musical opening on Broadway February 2010
Get ready for ‘Spider-Man’ the musical
Bono and The Edge writing songs for a ‘Spidey’ musical
‘Spider-Man’! The Musical!