Playwright Glen Berger Talks SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK on Geek's Guide to the Galaxy Podcast
When Glen Berger signed on to write the script for a musical adaptation of SPIDER-MAN, alongside director Julie Taymor and music team Bono and the Edge, Berger thought he was about to have a mega-hit on his hands. But as he shares on a recent episode of Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast, it was not to be. Click here to listen to the full interview!
"A New York Times reviewer said this was a show 'conceived in cynicism,' and he couldn't be more wrong," says Berger. "It was conceived with a sort of naive idealism, and there were a lot of high spirits early on."
SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark began preview performances on November 28, 2010 and officially opened on Tuesday, June 14, 2011. SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark features music and lyrics by 22-time Grammy Award-winners Bono and The Edgeand 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 musical ran for 1,268 performances in New York, but it was plagued with troubles since its preview period, including cast injuries, cost overruns, harsh reviews and lawsuits.