Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History by Glen BergerSong of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History by Glen Berger

Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History

byGlen Berger

Paperback | November 18, 2014

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“One of the best literary works of this year” (Miami Herald-Tribune): The true story of a theatrical dream—or nightmare—come true…the making of the Spider-Man musical.

As you might imagine, writing a Broadway musical has its challenges. But it turns out there are challenges one can’t begin to imagine when collaborating with two rock legends and a superstar director to stage the biggest, most expensive production in theater history. Renowned director Julie Taymor picked playwright Glen Berger to cowrite the book for a $25 million Spider-Man musical. Together—along with U2’s Bono and Edge—they would shape a work that was technically daring and emotionally profound, with a story fueled by the hero’s quest for love…and the villains’ quest for revenge. Or at least, that’s what they’d hoped for.

But when charismatic producer Tony Adams died suddenly, the show began to lose its footing. Soon the budget was ballooning, financing was evaporating, and producers were jumping ship or getting demoted. And then came the injuries. And then came word-of-mouth about the show itself. What followed was a pageant of foul-ups, falling-outs, ever-more harrowing mishaps, and a whole lot of malfunctioning spider legs. This “circus-rock-and-roll-drama,” with its $65 million price tag, had become more of a spectacle than its creators ever wished for. During the show’s unprecedented seven months of previews, the company’s struggles to reach opening night inspired breathless tabloid coverage and garnered international notoriety.

Through it all, Berger observed the chaos with his signature mix of big ambition and self-deprecating humor.
Glen Berger cut his teeth at Seattle’s Annex Theatre back in the ’90s. His plays include Underneath the Lintel, and O Lovely Glowworm.He is a New Dramatists alumnus. In television, Glen has won two Emmys (out of twelve nominations), and has written more than 150 episodes for children’s television series. Glen spent six years cowriting ...
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Title:Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.38 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:November 18, 2014Publisher:Simon & SchusterLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1451684576

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book, Bad Situation As a stage manager and someone who just loves theatre, this book made me angry and anxious. The book is amazing and a must read for those in theatre, but should be read as a guide to what not to do so that this never happens again! As a side note, it should be noted that when I saw the show months after it officially opened, it did stop because Patrick Page got stuck mid flight in the climatic battle. The book was far better than the show.
Date published: 2014-04-11

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"A truly remarkable book."