Originally posted by drewhiggins:I'd say forget Songs of Ascent. This should be released as a soundtrack - instrumental only, no vocals.
Originally posted by dieder:[..]
Indeed. Although I'm curious to Songs Of Ascent too, but this sounds more rocking.
Why Bono Subtitled “Spider-Man” Musical “Turn Off the Dark”
7/17/09, 2:39 pm EST
As previews for Julie Taymor’s musical with U2’s Bono and the Edge draw nearer, the production is releasing more behind-the-scenes video explaining how the unique collaboration is developing. The Los Angeles Times pointed us to a chat with director Taymor in which she reveals it was Bono who came up with the second part of the show’s title. “It was a story that he heard about a child who would say to his daddy, he was sleeping, and instead of saying ‘turn on the light,’ he would say ‘turn off the dark.’ ”
Taymor goes to talk about how Spider-Man tries to bring light into a world churning with dramatic darkness, or terror, which arguably makes it a story very appropriate for our times. The Edge has previously said he was drawn to the material because the super-hero story resonated with the rock-star experience: “Every rock & roll star probably started out as the geek who got bullied on in school, and eventually their form of revenge was to write songs or learn to play guitar.”
In a second interview, Taymor assures doubters she read hundreds of comic books while preparing to work on Spider-Man, and that “He won’t be singing in tights.” Peter Parker the regular guy sings, but the masked Spider-Man only acts, flies and fights.
As Rolling Stone reported, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark stars Evan Rachel Wood as Mary Jane Watson and Alan Cumming as Norman Osborn, a.k.a. the Green Goblin. Previews begin on February 25th, and the public ticket onsale starts September 12th.
Originally posted by drewhiggins:[.
On Songs of Ascent - I think we'll be hearing the most unusual U2 music since Zooropa; even more so than Passengers. For starters, I know Every Breaking Wave is much longer than Moment of Surrender and it was left off No Line because it would have made it much longer than the 53 minutes it already is.
'Spider-Man' musical halted?
Producers insist money issues won't derail show
By GORDON COX
Should Broadway's Spidey sense be tingling?
Rumors have spread among legiters that the production sked for incoming mega-musical "Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark" may be threatened.
The extensive work being done to prep for the technically demanding show, both in the shop constructing the physical production and in the theater where "Spider-Man" is due to bow, is said to have stopped this week.
The halt is attributed to cash flow obstacles that producers -- including David Garfinkle, Martin McCallum, Marvel Entertainment and Sony Pictures Entertainment -- are working to resolve, according to some in the industry affiliated with the show.
One explanation suggests the delay stems not from problems in raising the massive funds required for the tuner -- said to be capitalized at north of $35 million -- but from issues in mobilizing those great big chunks of coin.
A rep for the show would say only that the production remains on track to begin previews at the Hilton Theater Feb. 25, with an opening to follow some time in March.
Others attached to "Spider-Man" acknowledge the funding hiccup but believe the situation will be resolved without forcing a disruption of the musical's launch.
Nevertheless, the chatter has served as an alarming suggestion of instability in a production generally expected to become the sales juggernaut of the 2009-10 season.
Current work stoppage also comes hot on the heels of a Marvel earnings report earlier this week that saw the company post a 38% drop in profits on a 26% reduction in revenue during the second quarter, a slide prompted largely by the lack of a major movie release since "Iron Man" and "The Incredible Hulk" last year. (Still, Marvel logged a profit of $29 million on revenue of $116 million.)
Most legiters anticipate the musical, with music by Bono and the Edge of U2 and helmed by Julie Taymor ("The Lion King"), will rake in monster amounts of cash right out of the gate. Even if reviews and word of mouth prove dire, hype and curiosity are expected to drive ticket sales for a solid stretch of time.
The season's Rialto cume would surely suffer without that sales spike, thereby hindering Broadway's ability to keep pace with the record-setting grosses posted for the 2008-09 season.
For now, "Spider-Man," with a cast that so far features Evan Rachel Wood as Mary Jane Watson and Alan Cumming as the Green Goblin, remains officially set to swing into previews in February.