Posted by: Kristy | February 25, 2009

A singing Spidey? Oy.

The musical may be back, as Hugh Jackman said Sunday during the 81st annual Academy Awards, but that does not mean every lauded film should find an off-shoot venue on — or off, or off-off — Broadway.

Going from stage to film worked for “Mama Mia.” It worked for “Grease,” and “Rent,” and “Chicago.” The musical version of “Little Women,” originally a book and then a film before it was a stage show, is still finding success.

But today an article on the BBC’s Web site said a new musical is being woven, hoping to ensnare success using the same silk-thread webbing as a popular movie and comic-book franchise: Spider-Man.

That’s right. Spider-Man. I’m not kidding.

“Spider-Man: Turn of the Dark” is set to hit a Broadway stage in 2010, costing a reported $40 million to produce.

The cast, and which villians are to factor into the story line, are still in the works.

While the musical is said to be based from the original comic series, I know very few people my generation or younger who associate “Spider-Man” with a comic strip; I only do because I’m a nerd like that who was born 30 years past when I should have been.

 Most of those in their mid-20s and younger immediately think of Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and their ilk who starred in the three-installment “Spider-Man” movies. And for some reason I can’t picture songs paying homage to M.J.’s spunkiness, or Aunt May’s loving nature as really enhancing the stories beyond what the movies already did.

Even if the music is by Bono and U2.

“Spider-Man 4” is set for release in 2011 — maybe just stick to the screen, hmm?


  1. oh man. spidy 4? sick. one was good. two was not. three was BAD. and, broadway? ah-hem!

  2. all i can say is: huh.

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