Saturday, April 20, 2024

“Spider Man”: Bono and The Edge Will Miss Much of the Overhaul


It’s hard to be international rock stars. You barely have time to clean your sunglasses. In the case of Bono and The Edge, they committed to “Spider Man: Turn off the Dark” a long time ago. But U2, their busy rock group, tours constantly. Last fall, when “Spider Man” was heading into previews, the songwriters of the show were in Australia. They missed most of the brouhaha and returned to bad reviews. Unfortunately, the songwriters of a musical have to be on the premises when a show is trying out.

Now, after nullifying Julie Taymor and agreeing to shut “Spider Man” down for three weeks, Bono and The Edge have a new problem. They’re leaving again in nine (9) days to tour with U2. They play Santiago, Chile on March 25th, commencing a South American tour that doesn’t bring them back until April 13th. They could be in New York for the three weeks that “Spider Man” is down, but on May 11th — the day “Spider Man” is set to return, all fixed and ready to go–U2 starts a new round of shows in Mexico City.

Of course, there are four and five day breaks, so the songwriters could jet into New York. But their next break doesn’t come until June 7th–just a week before the newest announced “Spider Man” opening night on June 14th. It’s going to be tricky to supervise the show while performing for hundreds of thousands of fans. Hopefully by early June they’ll have found what they were looking for. So to speak.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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