Shrill. Insipid. Flop. Worst ever. “What is Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark?” Ding-ding-ding. Correct. That is how critics received previews of the accident-plagued $70 million Broadway musical, which finally opens up on June 14 after a significant makeover that did not include its original co-writer/director Julie Taymor. But those unflattering assessments were nothing that its music and lyrics team, U2’s Bono and The Edge, weren’t whispering to each other. “That’s the sort of stuff we were saying backstage,” Bono tells Nightline‘s Cynthia McFadden in an interview that will air tonight. “It might have been a little hard for some other people around here to take that, but we don’t disagree with the New York Times.”

Bono goes on to admit that despite their success in music, Broadway was an entirely different world: “We were way out of our depths. And that’s, I suppose, the hubris that we deserve, you know?”

That these two are now out front representing their musical as its chief promoters can mean one of two things. They’ve finally solved it; or, this is their last, desperate attempt to convince us they have. It’s not clear from these clips that they know the answer themselves: When McFadden asked whether the show is fixed, The Edge answered only, “Good question.”

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