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

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A dishy take on the successful yet calamity-prone Broadway production of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark...Berger delivers the inside scoop with ample melodrama and star-crossed folly.
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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.
 

About Glen Berger

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Glen Berger is an Emmy Award-winning television and theater writer. He lives in New York City.
 
Published November 5, 2013 by Simon & Schuster. 385 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, History. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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on Oct 20 2013

A dishy take on the successful yet calamity-prone Broadway production of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark...Berger delivers the inside scoop with ample melodrama and star-crossed folly.

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Reviewed by Mark Harris on Nov 03 2013

Mr. Berger, who likes short, punchy sentences and loves italics, does better with comedy than with tragedy. He conveys the churn of a hydra-headed entity so amped on self-delusion, adrenaline and deadline panic that nobody involved can step away and take a breath.

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