Entertainment reporters from the New York Daily News and The National Ledger are reporting that makers of the Spider-Man musical are looking for a “huge theater” in which to house the production. Reporters talked to Tony Award-winning director Julie Taymor of Lion King fame at the premier of her new film Across the Universe. Taymor is making the Spider-Man musical with musicians Bono and The Edge from the rock band U2.
Says Taymor in the National Ledger report:
“I’m very proud of the songs that Bono and Edge wrote. It’s a real rock-and-roll musical, so we’re not worried about that aspect. We just have to find where we’re going to do it– even if we have to do it in a tent, which we’re looking into – and when. It’ll at least be a year away.”
This news comes on top of the story that has been circulating that Marilyn Manson requested a role in the Spider-Man musical because he’s such a fan of the web-slinger. “Marilyn just asked me if he could have a part in Spider-Man. The funny thing is, he really liked the music on my new movie,” Taymor said, according to a report from Bang (via stuff.co.nz).
As Newsarama cited in April from a Playbill report, the musical was scheduled for a reading back in July to determine whether it was worth staging anywhere – particularly if it was worth staging in New York. This latest news about the search for a New York home seems to indicate it’s been deemed worthy of a spot on Broadway. But let’s hope Taymor was just joking about the tent.