A few weeks back, Brad posted video of a very interesting interview with Glen Berger, one of the “book” (i.e. story & dialogue of a musical) writers of the ill-fated Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. Berger gave the interview to discuss his recent book, Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History.
The Washington Post’s website has posted a review of Berger’s book by Mark Berman. Here is an excerpt:
Even so, he doesn’t always present himself as the most sympathetic character. Berger calls himself “a total sneak” for going behind Taymor’s back to come up with a plan to revamp the show. At other times, he takes a backseat and simply walks us through the processes of casting the show and interacting with Marvel, the keepers of Spider-Man’s brand and legacy. But the most fascinating character in his story is Taymor, who is alternately presented as a visionary force of nature and an anger-prone vengeance-seeker.
By the time Berger is finished, it’s clearer than ever why staging a show that pulled together one of the most famous characters in pop culture, tens of millions of dollars, and personalities as varied as Taymor and Bono would produce so much turmoil.
The drama behind Turn Off The Dark adds another chapter in the global pop culture phenomena that is Spider-Man. I’m going to try to get a copy and review it here at the Crawlspace as soon as I can. I also highly recommend watching the Berger interview videos that Brad put up earlier this month. It really is very interesting.