Alice Cooper to Play Green Goblin in SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK?
The multi-million dollar production, which has been plagued with troubles including cast injuries, pans from critics and lawsuits since it began in previews, is hoping to keep ticket sales up during the slow winter months of January and February with the 'headline-grabbing' stunt.
Casting the 'The Godfather of Shock Rock' was the brain child of the show's producer, Michael Cohl, who Riedel describes as a "billionaire rock 'n' roll presenter" who was brought into the $85 million dollar production by his friend Bono, who composed the show's music.
Hoping to eventually recoup the money investors have poured into the show, Cohl plans to "franchise" the show around the world and stage it in such venues as stadiums and arenas which hold thousands of people. He is also banking on the fact that a three-year run on the Broadway stage will attract larger audiences. Bringing in Alice Cooper would give the show better odds of perservering on the Great White Way. According to the report, Cooper will earn a healthy $150,000 per week for his efforts.
Back in July, BWW reported that Cooper hopes to bring the music from his classic 1975 album, 'Welcome to My Nightmare' to the Broadway stage. "That idea's always out there," he explained. "You just have to wait until a producer comes long and says 'I love that idea.' I think maybe a little more time needs to go by before 'Nightmare' becomes sort of an American classic; then we'll have that validity to go and do the (Broadway) show." Looks like Cooper himself will make it to the Broadway stage before that goal can be accomplished!
SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark features music and lyrics by 22-time Grammy Award-winners Bono and The Edge and a book co-written by Julie Taymor, Glen Berger and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, with direction by Ms. Taymor and additional direction by Philip William McKinley. Scenic Designer George Tsypin and Costume Designer Eiko Ishioka are winners of Outer Critics Circle Awards and were nominated for Tony Awards for their work on Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark.
The world's most recognizable Super Hero leaps off the comic book pages and onto the Broadway stage in Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark. Peter Parker's ordinary teenage life takes a turn for the extraordinary when he's bitten by a genetically altered spider and suddenly finds himself endowed with incredible superpowers. Parker quickly learns that with great power comes great responsibility as he tries to juggle the demands of high school and home life, while battling the Green Goblin and his band of super villains as they try to take down New York City and destroy everything Peter holds dear - including the beautiful girl-next-door, Mary Jane Watson. This high-flying groundbreaking and history-making production brings this story - inspired by more than fifty years of Marvel comic books - thrillingly to life!