Thanks to a segment on today’s Good Morning America, we know a lot more about upcoming Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, and what’s been revealed is unlikely to dispel any positive or negative preconceived notions you may have had about the existence of a Spider-Man Broadway musical.
Yep, that’s the “Lady Gaga’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas” design for the production’s Green Goblin up there, as revealed by Tony-winning director Julie Taymor. She also debuted a new villain created for the play, one with an outfit comprised of Swiss Army knives and poised to “cut New York to pieces.” Her name? Swiss Miss, of course. Looks sort of Grace Jones-meets-Heavy Metal.
Taymor and U2′s Bono and The Edge, who wrote the music for Turn Off The Dark and appeared via satellite from a France tour date, were interviewed on the ABC morning show by George Stephanopoulos. As you watch this clip, keep in mind that Stephanopoulos served as White House Communications Director during the Clinton administration when you hear him say things like “our Spidey senses are tingling this morning.”
Reeve Carney, Turn Off The Dark’s Peter Parker, was also interviewed. Best part: “Peter Parker, and, we’re not giving anything away, Spider-Man, right?” Foolish morning show personality! Doc Ock might be watching!
He also performed a song, the distinctly U2-ish “The Boy Falls From the Sky.” (Sorry for the “camera pointed at a TV” quality of the video.)
As the most expensive Broadway musical of all time, it’s getting a lot of hype, and attention this week from the likes of Entertainment Weekly and USA Today. But not everyone is psyched. Peter David, writer of classic Spidey tale “The Death of Jean DeWolff,” expressed some misgivings today on his blog, specifically about the inherent camp value of the name “Swiss Miss.”
Look, I desperately want to see the musical be a hit, if for no other reason than that it’s always fun to see nay-sayers get it in the teeth. But really, if it’s a villain, and you’ve got two and a half hours to establish her as a threat, naming her after a brand of hot cocoa really isn’t the way to go.
Previews start at Manhattan’s Foxwoods Theatre on November 14, with the official show open set for December 21.