This may mark only the second public performance of a number from the Julie Taymor-directed production: In May, Carney sang the anthem “The Boy Falls From the Sky,” by Bono and the Edge, at the New Dramatists benefit luncheon in New York City. The song includes such lyrics as, “You can fly too high and get too close to the sun/See how a boy falls from the sky.”
The delay-plagued production is set to begin previews on Nov. 14 and open on Dec. 21 at the newly renamed, and renovated, Foxwoods Theatre (née Hilton Theatre) in Manhattan. Spider-Man, which could be the most expensive musical in Broadway history, stars Carney as Peter Parker, Jennifer Damiano as Mary Jane Watson and Patrick Page as the Green Goblin.
According to the official synopsis, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark “spins a new take on the mythic tale of Peter Parker, a teenager whose unremarkable life in Queens is turned upside-down — literally — when he’s bitten by a genetically-altered spider and wakes up the next morning clinging to the ceiling”:
Bullied by his classmates and tortured by an unrelenting crush on next-door-neighbor Mary Jane Watson, this science geek discovers he has suddenly been endowed with astonishing powers. He soon learns, however, that “with great power comes great responsibility.”
Maligned by the media, buffeted by financial woes, and stretched thin by the expectations of the world-at-large, Peter now must struggle to navigate the perilous and peculiar demands of being a web-slinging superhero.
With the characters in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark ranging from old familiar favorites to supervillains never-before imagined, Spider-Man’s battles will hurtle the audience through a story both recognizable and unexpected, culminating in an eye-popping, ultimate test for this iconic figure.
“It sounds odd to say, but Spider-Man is as important to the 21st century as the story of Ulysses was to the ancient Greeks,” Bono tells USA Today. “These are morality plays, where luminous characters duke it out in ways very revealing of the nature of who we are.”
On Tuesday, an early rendering emerged of the set design for the Oscorp Labs, suggesting a somewhat unorthodox look for the production, which will employ acrobats and flying harnesses.
“We’ve got a great dance company, and there will be acrobatic circus feats and unbelievable action sequences,” Taymor tells USA Today. “We’ll have (performers) flying over people in the audience, landing in the aisles and the balconies.”