Saturday, January 2, 2010

Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark

Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, the upcoming Broadway musical

Evan Rachel Wood will portray Peter Parker's girlfriend, Mary Jane Watson, while Alan Cumming takes on the role of Norman Osborn, also known as the villainous Green Goblin.

The musical, directed by Julie Taymor, begins preview performances Feb. 25, 2010, at the Hilton Theater.

An opening date will be announced later — as will the actor who will play Spider-Man.

Spider-Man will feature a score by Bono and The Edge of U2.

Taymor was the creative force behind The Lion King, Disney's long-running musical, now in its second decade on Broadway. She will co-write the Spider-Man book with Glen Berger.

Taymor worked with Wood on the film Across the Universe and with Cumming on The TempestTitus, both screen adaptations of Shakespeare plays.

The story for the musical was inspired by the Marvel comic books hero — who's also inspired three hit movies — and will include the story of his origins as well as new material.

Other members of the show's production team include set designer George Tsypin, who did the sets for The Little Mermaid on Broadway; costume designer Eiko Ishioka; lighting designer Donald Holder of The Lion King and sound designer Jonathan Deans who has worked for Cirque du Soleil.

~ associated press