Skip to comments.(Bono) U2 explain Spider-Man 'opera'
Posted on 08/20/2009 10:51:23 AM PDT by a fool in paradise
Bono and The Edge have described their forthcoming Spider-Man musical as "dizzy" and "not a straight take on the myth".
Turn Off The Dark, the production the Dublin band has written music and lyrics for, is set to open on Broadway in New York in 2010.
They also confirmed American actress Evan Rachel Wood would play the part of MJ and revealed more about the other characters.
...Bono said: "We've got a new villain, it's a girl. It's a very extraordinary role. We've taken it to a much more dizzy place than you'd expect. We've got big tunes. We're very proud of it."
..."Our Peter Parker is much more not Kurt Cobain, but a kind of slacker, a more kind of shy sort of guy," said Bono.
"It touches on opera, it touches on rock 'n' roll. There are some real character driven songs as well, very unusual song types for us," explained guitarist The Edge.
..."It is much more like opera than a straight musical. We're actually not calling it a musical for that reason because we don't want to put people off.
(Evan Rachel Wood) "...the greatest actor of her generation, she's the one to watch," said Bono. "She happens to sing like a bird, it's like a true voice.
"She's a very pure spirit and a very bright mind and she brings the part of MJ to life really."
Despite their involvement in the writing the band said they will not appear themselves.
"We made one rule for ourselves though that we would never have Spider-Man singing. A guy singing in tights can't happen," joked The Edge.
(Excerpt) Read more at news.bbc.co.uk ...
“You’re not making comic books or rock and roll any better, you are only making opera worse.” - Hank Hill
What about the radioactive spider?
If this was a Who-sical, the spider would be named Boris.
They’d better be swinging all over the stage and out over the audience if this thing is going to work.
About the only good pop-culture “opera” made was War Of The Worlds by Jeff Wayne. Anyone remember that one from the 70’s?
U2 were more fun when they were idealistic teenagers.
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