Spider-Man's Broadway debut set for Feb. 18, 2010

Marvel has announced the opening date and official title for Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark, the Broadway musical starring the web-slinger that was announced a couple of years ago.

The production opens Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010 at Broadway's Hilton Theatre, 213 West 42nd Street. Preview performances begin Saturday, Jan. 16. Group tickets are already on sale, while single tickets will go on sale in June.

Although the specific plot or villains have yet to be announced, you have to wonder if the title is a reference to the black suit or Venom. Or maybe Norman Osborn's Dark Reign will spill out of comics and will end on Broadway? OK, that's a big stretch ...

Tony Award-winner Julie Taymor (The Lion King, Across The Universe) is directing the production and shares writing credits with Glen Berger. U2's Bono and The Edge are providing their first musical work for Broadway. Casting has yet to be announced.

Here's the description of the musical:

Drawing from over 40 years of Marvel comic books for inspiration, "Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark" spins a new take on the mythic tale of a young man propelled from a modest rowhouse in Queens to the sky-scraping spire of the Chrysler Building, the bustling offices of the Daily Bugle, through the dizzying canyons of Manhattan, to new vistas never before seen.

The musical follows the story of teenager Peter Parker, whose unremarkable life is turned upside-down—literally—when he's bitten by a genetically altered spider and wakes up the next morning clinging to his bedroom ceiling. This bullied science-geek—suddenly endowed with astonishing powers—soon learns, however, that with great power comes great responsibility as villains test not only his physical strength but also his strength of character.

Spider-Man's battles will hurtle the audience through an origin story both recognizable and unexpected—yielding new characters as well as familiar faces—until a final surprising confrontation casts a startling new light on this hero's journey.

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