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Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Bono The Edge

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Joan Marcus

Promoting tonight’s official opening of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark — the long-delayed, $70 million musical —  composers Bono and the Edge talked openly with The New York Times about the troubles that turned their show into one of the most notorious productions in Broadway history. In an interview with Patrick Healy, the U2 band mates reveal that original director Julie Taymor exited after refusing a simpler script referred to as “Plan X.” Scheduling conflicts with U2 tour dates also kept Bono and the Edge away from the show during its critical rehearsal period, leading them to lose control of the show while Taymor struggled to realize her own artistic vision. And while the show has been confirmed “frozen” and has performed for critics, Bono and the Edge insist that they are still working on parts of it, specifically the rivalry between Peter Parker and the Green Goblin.

Stay tuned for EW’s review of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, which will be published this evening after the show’s official bow.

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