Bono Surprised by 'Scrutiny' Surrounding 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark'
By Raphael Chestang
The glitch-plagued Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark officially opens tonight, and creative team member Bono revealed that he didn't know what he was in for when he took the gig.
"It was humbling to realize we have so much to learn," said Bono, who co-created music and lyrics for the show along with U2 band member The Edge. "We didn't imagine it was going to be this amount of scrutiny."
The new musical, directed by Julie Taymor and starring Reeve Carney as Peter Parker, is reportedly the most expensive musical in Broadway history and has been plagued with widely publicized injuries and setbacks.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the musical's original opening was set for February 18, 2010, but the first preview didn't take place until November 28.
The New York Times reports that five cast members were injured while putting the production together.
All those mishaps seem to be behind them now as the cast and crew arrived at the Foxwoods Theatre along with some Hollywood stars who wanted a front-row seat to this historic show.
"We all are [Spider-Man fans]," said Cindy Crawford who gathered her husband Rande and their children Kaya, 9, and Presley, 11, for the event.
"It's a very big day for us," said Bono. "But it's a much bigger day for the cast and crew who stood by this idea. They wanted to do something different on Broadway ... They've taken big risks and it's paid off."