The GeeksverseSpider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and Turn On A Book

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and Turn On A Book
Published on Monday, November 19, 2012 by

I’ve been an advocate of the Spider-Man Broadway Musical because I think it is a crazy enough idea that it could work. If Disney could rebrand Broadway and give the arts district a new, non-porn rebirth, then why couldn’t Marvel properties usher in an era of kid friendly theater going? I still want to see the roaming Batman stage show, a revival of He-Man’s Power Tour, and a reunion rock show by the Turtles, but that’s just me dreaming. I’d also like to see Jim Stienman’s Batman musical staged because the music is fun.

What’s next for Glen Berger? A book deal! Who is Glen Berger you might ask? He’s the crazy believer that thought bringing Bono and Edge of U2 together with Webber-esque theatrics could be a great idea on Broadway or even Off-Broadway. Berger wrote the book–story part of the show—for the stunt heavy Spider-Man musical  turned into the media circus known as “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. He has signed with Simon & Schuster to write a book about his experience, the publisher said on Tuesday.

The one daunting problem is his lack of name recognition.

Luckily, a little PR and a few controversies should help book sales.

Reportedly, “Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History” was acquired by Jonathan Karp, the publisher and executive vice-president of Simon & Schuster, who has a particular interest in musical theater.

Mr. Berger is by no means an impartial observer in the troubled gestation of “Spider-Man,” the most expensive show in Broadway history. He was brought onto the project by Tony winning director Julie Taymor, with whom he co-wrote the book, but he and Ms. Taymor had an ugly split when she was fired in 2011, and a new writer and director were brought in to make the musical more family- and tourist-friendly.

The show’s reviews are abysmyl but has been steadily popular since opening. Unfortunately the show did catch headlines for hurt actors and stunt coordinators early on, but improvements in safety have been made.

Ms. Taymor filed suit against the producers of “Spider-Man,” claiming that the re-written show uses her script and designs without permission. Mr. Berger, who collaborated in the re-writing, is also a defendant in the suit. That case is still pending, but it’s headlines and resolution—whatever the resolution—should only fuel PR for the upcoming book.

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