“Spider-Man” musical faces competition from new, rival production

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Justin Moran is sick and tired of waiting for Julie Taymor’s oft-delayed Broadway musical, “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.” So he’s planning on mounting a Spider-Man musical of his own.

“Our goal isn’t to tear down Julie Taymor or parody her production,” Moran tells the NY Times Tuesday morning. “Our goal is to do what she should have done in the first place, and that’s just make a really good musical.”

He wants to open his show, “The Spidey Project: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility,” on March 14 … or one day before Taymor’s massive production is set to premiere. “Spidey” will play at Peoples Improv Theater in Manhattan.

Moran reportedly started his ball rolling – or web spinning – on YouTube, where he challenged Taymor’s musical. He received an overwhelming response from performers and crew members who immediately wanted to help Moran stage a rival production.

Moran wrote his “Spidey Project” book with Jon Roufaeal. It reportedly has a score by Adam Podd and Doug Katsaros. And Moran said their story will “100 percent” follow Spider-Man’s comic book origin story.

But will it last?

“If I can manage to get one performance off without getting any cease-and-desist letters,” Moran said, “maybe I’ll count my blessings.”

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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