Spidey Opens Today

In their fullest comments yet about the creative clashes this winter inside “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” Bono and the Edge, of U2 — first-time Broadway composers — said they originally embraced Julie Taymor’s script and characters for the show but were wholly ill-prepared for putting her ambitious ideas onstage. They ultimately lost faith in her and quietly maneuvered to overhaul “Spider-Man,” before finally shocking Ms. Taymor, their longtime collaborator, with her ouster in March.

Bono and the Edge expressed regret at not being on site during previews in December, saying they were locked into a U2 tour of New Zealand and Australia. Most Broadway composers, both veterans and especially newcomers, are in their theaters virtually every night during previews, watching and taking notes. The Edge said they watched videos of performances from Australia yet were not in the theater again until early January, by which time the musical had become a late-night TV punch line.

They then went to work on sound design and new lyrics; despite hints and promises of new music, however, there is only one fully new song in the show, a version of which had been pitched to Ms. Taymor.

Even now, Bono and the Edge said, the musical is just 90 percent complete, with a final 10 percent of work — in their view, chiefly involving the relationship between Peter Parker and the villain, the Green Goblin — to be done this summer.

“The first time I loved ‘Spider-Man’ was two and a half weeks ago,” he admitted, but added, “Even when I was really angry about its obtuse story and some of the awful readings of the music — even then I was still saying, it was kind of magical.”

Well lets see what the reviews are.

Bono and The Edge will also be on NBC Nightly News on Tuesday with  Anchorman Brian Williams 

Amazed and Idolised

Frazer Harrison, Getty ImagesBono and The Edge made their appearance on American Idol last night during the season finale at the Nolkia Theatre in LA. The performed “Rise Above 1” Reeve Carney is the singer/actor that plays Peter Park in the Broadway production. The U2 marketing machine has timed this perfect once again with the release of the digital version available on Itunes. As the song comes to an end ana actual Spiderman swung from the ceiling and tried to plant a kiss on the lips of the judge Jo Lo who elected to tap her fingers on his lips.  Twitter was a buzz for a few days when we broke the news that they had planned to appear ( while news of U2 the band was to appear) However it was just Bono with his shades, and The Edge taking full advanatage of the promotional value of American Idol.  Take a look -

 

U2 will release “Songs of Ascent” in advance

Spider Man finely gets some postive reviews. The boys have to be over the whole Spider man deal, at this point is about saving face. The show seems to be heading in the right direction. However the most interesting news coming out of the interview.

Bono and the  boys will release a new studio album named “Songs of Ascent” in advance to their American tour leg. According to U2 manager Paul McGuinness songs including ‘Mercy’, ‘Every Breaking Wave’, and ‘Boys Fall from the Sky’ from the new U2 album have already been released . 

Delay again !

The Spider-Man musical scored by U2’s Bono and The Edge has again been postponed - this time in order to allow the cast rehearse a new ending.

‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ has been plagued by problems, including lead actress Natalie Mendoza pulling out earlier this month following an onstage injury, as well as numerous other delays. In December, another actor from the musical was hospitalised after falling off the set. It will now open officially on Broadway in March, reports BBC News.

The show’s producer, Michael Cohl, said that the delay will be “the final postponement”.

Meanwhile, Bono and The Edge have also been personally working on the show again recently in light of its problems, bringing in producer Steve Lillywhite to work with the cast on its music, reports Deadline.com. Although its problems have been highly-publicised, tickets for the musical are reportedly selling well.