Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Does Whatever A Spider Can
One of the big showbiz questions theslately is who will play Spiderman in the reboot of the lucrative movie franchise. On Broadway that question has already been answered: lovely Reeve Carney will be starring as the web-slinger in Julie Taymor's massive production of Spiderman: The Musical (with music by Bono and The Edge). Reeve (who will be 27 this month) has been a professional blues singer/guitarist from the age of 15, and those with a long memory may recall him as the younger version of Ethan Hawke in the movie Snow Falling On Cedars. I wish him luck, even if my spidey-sense tells me that the project could be a massive disaster. The show has already been postponed more than once due to financial setbacks, the very concept of a Spiderman musical strikes me as silly, and the composers are bound to discover that it takes a very different skill set to write a theatre score than it does to write a rock album. Still, La Taymor has demonstrated in the past her ability to do wonderful things on a stage and screen, even with flawed material, so we'll just have to wait and see.