Spider-Man The Musical is coming - For Serious

one of the more bizarre announcements of the week, the creative team behind Spider-Man: The Musical have announced a reading for the play, scheduled to take place in New York City on July 12th and 13th. You what that means? That means it's real. It's not a joke...which I find very surprising. What's even more surprising is the storyline...here's an excerpt from the Newsarama article

The character breakdowns provide some insight to plot points as the character Arachne (“female, 20-35 years old, any ethnicity”) is described as “a beautiful, boastful young woman turned into a spider for her hubris and lack of respect for the gods. She subsequently appears to Peter Parker and the audience as in turn a powerful spider-woman who comes from another time to inspire Peter; an otherworldly lover; a bride; a terrifying (and sexy) dark goddess of vengeance; a dance partner in a charged and violent spiders dance of death; and, finally, a lonely, fragile young woman.” Casting is seeking a “strong Celtic, Balkan style, e.g., Sinead O’Connor,” noting, “outside the box ideas are welcomed. Could be someone from the music industry.”

Also, a “Geek Chorus” consisting of “three teenage boys and one girl” are described to “meet to ritualistically retell the greatest Spider-Man stories.

The lead roles that they are looking to cast do include Peter Parker, MJ, J. Jonah Jameson, and Norman Osborne.

The purpose of a “reading” is to try and attract theaters, investors, and media attention…almost like a television pilot, or a comic or movie pitch. If this proves successful, we may very well see Spider-Man on broadway…

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The production also has some major talent behind it: Tony Award winner Julie (director and costume designer of The Lion King musical, Titus) Taymor will direct; Taymor and Glen (The Wooden Breeks) Berger will write the book (i.e., script); U2’s Bono and The Edge will write the music; and Matthias “Teese” Gohl will serve as musical supervisor. Marvel will produce, along with Hello Entertainment/David Garfinkle and Martin McCallum.

I wonder how they’ll do the webbing?

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