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Saturday 16 December 2017

U2's Spiderman set for our new theatre

Irish theatre goers may get to see U2's much anticipated Spiderman musical adaptation sooner rather than later.

Bono (49) and The Edge (48) have been working on the stage version of the hit comic and film franchise, entitled Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark, which will be making its Broadway debut this autumn.

And the boys' manager Paul McGuinness hopes to bring the show here after it takes the US by storm, suggesting that the newly opened Grand Canal Theatre would be the perfect venue.

The lead singer and guitarist for the iconic band confirmed their involvement with the show early last year and will be writing all the music and lyrics for the big budget production, hinting that audiences should expect the appearance of a female villain.

"We are working on the Spiderman musical in New York, which Bono and Edge are writing," McGuinness told the Herald.

"The likelihood is that it will open on Broadway and then there will be productions of it around the world and I'm sure a touring production of Spiderman will come here one day; that would be good."

The fate of the project was uncertain in recent months after financial woes forced organisers to postpone its debut. However, the issues were settled and McGuiness is now confident of the show's progress.

In addition to the superstar writers, the production is not short of big name actors fitting the bill.

Tony award-winning Scottish actor Alan Cumming will be playing the role of the Green Goblin alongside newcomer Reeve Carney who will be playing Peter Parker, aka Spiderman, in the new stage saga. Academy award-nominated director Julie Taymor has also signed on to direct.

However, organisers were dealt an unexpected blow yesterday when it was revealed that The Wrestler star Evan Rachel Wood would no longer be playing the hero's love interest, Mary Jane Watson.

The producers said she had departed due to a scheduling conflict and casting had begun to replace her.

cmcbride@herald.ie

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