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Don't Call It a Musical

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Thanks to some intrepid reporters sneaking into this week's closed-to-the-press "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" presentation for ticket brokers and group-sales agents, we have new info on the Spidey musical, including sets and villains. The New York Post's Michael Riedel reports that the $40 million production "features gigantic, perspective-skewing sets, 3-D projections, more aerial acrobatics than Cirque du Soleil, a cast of heroes and villains from Marvel comic books." According to him, "Broadway musical" doesn't seem like an appropriate description, and Julie Taymor herself prefers to describe it as a "circus rock 'n' roll drama." I'm not really sure what that means, other than that Spider-Man apparently won't being singing and dancing in tights, which still disappoints me. There's a lot of praise in this article though, and it certainly sounds like it's going to be quite the spectacle. I'm more excited now than ever.

Edit: Here's more from Modern Fabulousity (via The Beat).

This is probably the most important bit of the NY Post article:

The sets, drawings of which were on display, are brightly colored and enormous. The Chrysler Building, the Brooklyn Bridge and The Daily Bugle Building all figure prominently, their perspective skewed to match Spider-Man's shifting viewpoint as he soars through the city.

Peter Parker is at the center of the story, surrounded by a bunch of nerdy friends, a sort of "geek chorus," said bookwriter Glen Berger.

As Spider-Man, Peter clashes with a parade of Marvel villains -- Green Goblin, Carnage, Electro, Rhino, Swarm and Lizard.

Berger and Taymor have invented a new baddie for the show -- Swiss Miss, whose costume, designed by Oscar winner Eiko Ishioka ("Bram Stoker's Dracula"), consists of rotating knives and swirling corkscrews.

Five young singers performed six songs from the show, including the haunting "Rise Above," which is as good as any rock ballad in "Rent."

I won't lie. There are things there that seem off, like this "Swiss Miss" character. She's a human Swiss Army knife who chose to name herself after a brand of hot chocolate? I think that one could break even Stan Lee's brain. Carnage, Marvel's 90s attempt at an even more extreme (ie. more crazy and homicidal) version of Venom, is a character I kind of hate, so I'm not to happy about his inclusion. The idea of him signing amuses me though, so hopefully the no singing and dancing in costume thing only applies to Spider-Man.

The sets sound cool though, and the whole idea of the action being Cirque du Soliel inspired is awesome. I'm really excited about Swarm though. For those who don't know, Swarm's body is comprised entirely of bees. How the hell are they going to pull that off? That's just something I have to see. Plus, he's a Nazi, and they always make for good villains. The last time I saw him in a comic, he got his ass kicked by Mary Jane, so it's cool that they included a D-lister in there as well.

The only thing I really need to know now, to ensure maximum enjoyment, is whether the Lizard will be wearing a lab coat. The best versions of the Lizard always wear a lab coat, just like the original.

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