It's happening. It's really happening. Just when it seemed as if Julie Taymor's Spider-man musical might be an elaborate joke -- a sly commentary on how comic culture was taking over or a boogeyman story to tell little kids who dream of being fiscally responsible Broadway producers when they grow up -- irrefutable proof of the show's existence has finally trickled out. Vogue has published an in-depth story on 'Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark,' which at $60 million is by far the most expensive musical Broadway has ever seen (by comparison, the musical 'Titanic' was woefully over-budget at $10 million, and in that show they sank the Titanic). The piece is complete with revealing photos by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz -- no stranger to financial pickles herself -- and the peeks behind the curtain are every bit as ridiculously opulent and insane as you might expect.
For Taymor and her inimitably grandiose approach to things, the stage has always been the most forgiving venue (which is a nice way of saying that her recent films like 'Across the Universe' and 'The Tempest' have been almost biblically terrible). With 'Turn Off the Dark,' Taymor hopes to thrust her audience into the pages of a live-action Spider-man adventure, and nothing Stan Lee can dream up is too elaborate or fantastical for her to try and make real. The show -- which features original songs by U2 -- is naturally another Spidey origin story, and much like Sam Raimi's first take on the character will rely on the Green Goblin as a villain. Unlike Sam Raimi's film the musical will also rely on just about every other baddie in the Spider-man pantheon, as the article promises that Swiss Miss, Carnage, and a "new supervillain drawn from Greek mythology" will all try to kill Peter Parker while singing about how much they want to kill Peter Parker.
The article also finds Taymor casually revealing that her Spider-man will be web-slinging around the Foxwoods Theater at speeds of 40 M.P.H. (Reeve Carney -- the actor playing Parker -- will have his own stunt team), and that some of the show's 37 sets involve shadow puppets, forced perspective, and buildings the size of the Chrysler Building (i.e. The Chrysler Building). Taymor is obviously swinging for the fences on this thing, and whether or not it's a miracle of a disaster (and it sure seems fated to be one or the other), 'Turn off the Dark' is going to be the only Spider-man project that truly needs to be seen in 3D.
So now that we've gotten our first real glimpse at the show, what do you guys think? Sure it looks absolutely nuts, but no more nuts than the prospect of a $60 million Broadway musical about Spider-man. This stuff is coming to you straight from the mind of a woman who has rewired both Shakespeare and Disney without batting an eye, so you can expect her to do pretty much whatever she wants to the