Spider-Man musical to be a 'circus rock-'n'-roll drama'

Several of the folks involved in the upcoming Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark gave a presentation to ticket brokers and group-sales agents last week, including director Julie Taymor and U2 members Bono and The Edge. Taymor talked about the project and showed off set designs, while Bono and the Edge previewed eight songs they've written for it. Both Modern Fabulousity and the New York Post managed to find their way into the presentation, and the former had a very detailed report that included a list of villains appearing in the production (freakin' Swarm? Holy crap):

The set designs, displayed on the huge projection screen in the photo above, drew inspiration from the pop-art colors and the lines of comic book panels while playing with multiple perspectives. Ishioka's costumes were breathtaking -- a rogues gallery of the villains that appear onstage in the musical received audible gasps from the audience, including the Green Goblin, Lizard, Kraven, Swarm, and a new female villain created at the behest of Taymor, Swiss Miss (dressed in immaculate white dominatrix gear and multiple knives...hot!). Fans of Dr. Octopus and Sandman should know, however, that neither made an appearance in the presentation, although Taymor hinted at a special villain yet to be identified who appears in the piece.

Apparently the plan is for Spider-Man to swing over the audience, as Taymor worked with stunt designers from the Spider-Man movies and aerialists from Cirque du Soleil on "webslinger technology" for the production. Sounds very cool.

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