Get ready for “Spider-Man: The Broadway Musical.”
That may not be the official title, but Marvel Studios is putting the pieces together for a musical on the Great White Way starring the popular superhero.
Julie Taymor, who won Tonys for direction and costume design for the Broadway production of “The Lion King,” will direct, with U2’s Bono and The Edge creating new music and lyrics for the project.
Auditions are taking place, and a reading is scheduled for the summer. No dates for a Broadway opening have been set.
While the Spider-Man musical marks the first time a Marvel character has been the subject of a Broadway show, it’s not the first time a superhero has hit the stage. Superman was in the spotlight of “It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman,” which opened at the Alvin Theatre in 1966. Despite fairly positive reviews, it closed a few months later.
Spider-Man will next be seen on the big screen, when the third installment of the blockbuster franchise opens across North America on May 4.