The awkwardly-named new musical Spider-Man, Turn Off The Dark is currently scheduled to open at Broadway's cavernous Hilton Theater in 2010. Apparently there had been some production delays, but the show is now on target to begin previews in January 2010 toward a February opening. No word yet on whether there will be an out-of-town tryout, but given the complicated nature of the physical production, it would seem unlikely.
According to Michael Riedel, the eagerly anticipated new musical is budgeted at a whopping $40 million, which director Julie Taymor has evidently been throwing around like crazy. Riedel quotes one source as saying that Taymor has been telling prospective designers that "money is no object."
As numerous sources have reported, film actress Evan Rachel Wood has repeatedly said that she will appear in the show. Wood has also hinted at the possibility of her "Across the Universe" co-star Jim Sturgess joining her to play the webbed one himself, although no official casting has been yet announced. Since Julie Taymor directed that movie, it's no surprise to see these names tossed about. (I guess I'm going to have to sit down and actually watch that movie. Is it any good, dear reader?)
Combine all the above info, and add in the prospect of a debut theater score by Bono and The Edge, and you have a fascinating prospect, indeed. It's the sort of thing that could either be a triumph or a total disaster.
Either way, I'm so there.