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Renowned director Julie Taymor picked 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. Song of Spider-Man records the journey of this cast and crew as a hilarious memoir about friendship, collaboration, the foibles of hubris, and the power of art to remind us that we re alive.
Save up to 50% on Glen Berger’s Underneath the Lintel at A.C.T. Academy Award nominee David Strathairn (Lincoln; Good Night, and Good Luck; Scorched at A.C.T.) returns to A.C.T. in the captivating solo drama Underneath the Lintel. In this riveting mystery, an eccentric librarian finds a weather-beaten book in a return bin—and discovers that it is 113 years overdue. Sparked by a message left in its margins, he sets off on a quest to unravel the secrets of the book and the person who borrowed it. Hailed as "a theatrical miracle . . . a cosmic puzzle that makes The Da Vinci Code seem like a game of hide-and-seek" (Variety), Books Inc customers are invited to save up to 50% off select performances now through Nov. 20. To Save: use code OVERDUE when ordering tickets online at www.act-sf.org/lintel or by phone at 415.749.2228. Tickets must be ordered by November 5. All tickets subject to availability. Discount cannot be applied to previously ordered tickets.
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http://books.simonandschuster.com/Song-of-Spider-Man by Glen Berger" width="329" height="500" /> Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. Song of Spider-ManGlen Berger: In Conversation with Peter Filichia and Book Signing (FREE) Glen Berger will discuss and sign copies of his new book, Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History Never in the history of Broadway has there been anything like Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Lampooned by reviewers, loved and loathed by audiences, and boldly envisioned by its producers, Spider-Man has forever made its mark in pop culture history. Author Glen Berger was present at the creation, when visionary director Julie Taymor selected him to collaborate with her on the book of the musical. Berger and Taymor—along with U2’s Bono and Edge— set out to 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. 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. Yet, despite terrible reviews and public ridicule, Spider-Man went on to become one of the top ten grossing musicals in the history of Broadway. Now, Glen Berger will discuss what really happened behind the scenes in a discussion led by theater critic Peter Filichia. “A dishy insider memoir….a tell-all that is rare for Broadway.”—Patrick Healy, New York Times “I’m enjoying this book. Berger is brutally honest about everyone, including himself.”—Michael Riedel, New York Post “A captivating new tell-all….a fascinating conflict between art and commerce, ideology and reality, and friends-turned-enemies whose shared desire to bring the production to life resulted in, as the book's cover rightly declares, ‘the most controversial musical in Broadway history.’ If you only know Turn Off the Dark for the countless jokes it spawned, illuminate yourself to the true story of what happened. It's more funny and strange than you could have possibly imagined.”—Topless Robot “This harrowing tell-all about the most troubled & expensive show in Broadway history is a total page-turner! A must-read for all serious theatre nerds.”—Suzanna Hermans, Oblong Books & Music Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History by Glen Berger Video: Glen Berger tells the back story of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark NEWS: August 29, 2013: And Now, a ‘Spider-Man’ Tell-All —New York Times "THE most expensive, debated and derided musical ever on Broadway — the $75 million “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” — now has a dishy insider memoir. It chronicles the ugly slide of the once close creators, the director Julie Taymor and the composers Bono and the Edge, of U2, into a morass of betrayals, lawsuits, and petty slaps, like a producer’s yanking Ms. Taymor’s tickets for the show’s opening night."
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