But will the Bono and the Edge-scored ‘Spider-Man’ be as cool as this?


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“Spider-Man,” the now-infamous most-expensive-show-ever-on Broadway, has an opening date. Driven by music from Bono and The Edge -- U2 members don’t really do things on the cheap -- the Julie Taymor-directed cross-media marketing vehicle will begin preview performances at the newly renamed Foxwoods Theatre (formerly the Hilton Theatre) in New York on Nov. 14 and will open on Dec. 21.

Our sister blog Culture Monster has more details on the “Spider-Man” saga, the massive production that will will feature Tony nominee Jennifer Damiano in the role of Mary Jane Watson and Reeve Carney as Peter Parker. The interest on Pop & Hiss is solely on the music of course, and Bono and the Edge are no doubt capable of reach-for-the-rafters grandeur.


Yet when it comes to “Spider-Man” and music, my tastes probably lean more Queens than Broadway, if one’s musical borders are drawn solely in New York. The punk-rock pride of the Long Island borough cut a take on the ‘60s theme song for the “Spider-Man” cartoon classic. It appeared on the MCA compilation “Saturday Morning: Cartoons’ Greatest Hits,” as well as the band’s 1995 (and vastly under-appreciated) album “¡Adios Amigos!”

Added bonus: There’s no choir. Did you read that, Green Day?

Tickets for “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” are set to go on sale to the general public in September, but no specific date has been given. U2 fans are already comfortable shelling out Broadway prices, as tickets for the band’s rescheduled Anaheim dates top off at $250, not including surcharges or VIP packages.

--Todd Martens

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