Spider-Man set to weave Broadway web with U2 music

NEW YORK Tue Feb 24, 2009 5:02pm EST

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - "Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark" will open on Broadway on February 18, 2010 with music and lyrics written by U2's Bono and The Edge.

The show is inspired by more than 40 years of Marvel Spider-Man comic books, but spins a new take on the tale of Peter Parker, who finds himself endowed with astonishing powers after he is bitten by a genetically altered spider.

"Spider-Man's battles will hurtle the audience through an original story both recognizable and unexpected -- yielding new characters as well as familiar faces -- until a final surprising confrontation casts a startling new light on this hero's journey," producers said in a statement.

The show, which will begin preview performances on January 16, 2010, will be directed by Tony Award-winner Julie Taymor, best known for Disney's successful "The Lion King" on Broadway.

Bono and The Edge, one half of U2, will make their Broadway debut by creating new music and lyrics for the "Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark." Casting for the show is yet to be announced.

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; editing by Patricia Reaney)

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