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"You know there are moments when I've yearned to be a country and western singer." — Bono

'Spider-Man' musical confirms date

Bono, The Edge to write music, lyrics
The first official announcement of the Spider-Man musical has confirmed a February 2010 opening at Broadway's Hilton Theater -- although at this point, one of the only bits of news revealed about the much-discussed tuner is the fact that the show has a subtitle.

Helmed by Julie Taymor (The Lion King), Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark will have music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge, both of U2. Taymor and Glen Berger (Underneath the Lintel) pen the book.

No casting was confirmed, although on red carpets Rachel Evan Wood has been talking up her role in the musical. Many legiters expect Wood to play Spidey's love interest Mary Jane Watson opposite Jim Sturgess as Peter Parker. The duo co-starred in Taymor's 2007 pic Across the Universe.

Plot details of Spider-Man remain sketchy, outside of the fact that the show will retell the Marvel superhero's origin story about a nerdy teen bitten by a radioactive spider.

Design elements include sets by George Tsypin (The Little Mermaid), costumes by Eiko Ishioka (M. Butterfly), lights by Donald Holder (Lion King) and sound by Jonathan Deans (Cirque du Soleil's Beatles show Love). Daniel Ezralow (Across the Universe) choreographs.

Capitalization costs for the megabudget tuner remain unconfirmed, although the production is said to come in at north of $35 million.

Hello Entertainment/David Garfinkle, Martin McCallum, Marvel Entertainment/David Maisel, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Jeremiah Harris produce in association with Omneity Entertainment/Richard Weinberg, the Mayerson/Gould/Hauser/Tyscoe Group, Patricia Lambrecht and Jam Theatricals/S2BN Entertainment.

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