And it’s absolutely tinged with U2-isms . . . Edge’s distinctive guitar hooks, Bono’s vintage prose and knack for telling a story. One of the band’s most popular hits, “Vertigo,” even makes a fun appearance in a disco scene with Peter and Mary Jane.
As with seemingly everything Spider-Man related, the music has also come in for a wallop in some quarters. One critic from Bloomberg sniffed, “As with most rock stars, Bono and The Edge haven’t a clue about writing for the theater.”
Oh, please. As if the “theee-aah-tuh” is so above everything else – like, selling more than 150 million albums, touring the world with sell-out stadium shows, and creating unforgettable songs that will stand the test of time for years and years to come.
That’s what Bono and The Edge have already accomplished. They don’t need Broadway … but Broadway, with slumping ticket sales, sure could use some of their magic.
To be part of a band like U2 is a career achievement that the rest of us can only dream of, and their score for Spider-Man is yet another notch on a belt full of successes.
The bottom line from our vantage point? If you want to be entertained on Broadway like never before, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is just the ticket. Fans at the performance we saw – especially the many children – were enthralled by what they witnessed, with lots of “oohs” and “aahs,” wide eyes and open jaws. It’s people such as these who will determine whether the show stands or falls, and from what we can tell, they’re very much ready to stand with Spidey.
There will be professional critics who undoubtedly won’t be fans when the official reviews come out after March 15 – but these people also don’t like apple pie or cute babies.
Okay, just kidding on that last point -- of course, everyone is entitled to an opinion -- but if ever a show has the power to be critic-proof, Spider-Man is it. But hopefully it won’t need to be, and hopefully the professional reviewers who eventually put pen to paper will look at the show with open eyes, and forget about its past controversies.
The Marvel Comic creation is a marvel in every way – and those who want to see it fail will be sorely disappointed because it won’t.