October 20, 2016
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Bono, The Edge open up about re-tooled “Spider-Man”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The tide of negativity surrounding the troubled “Spider-Man” musical appears to have swelled. The production’s currently “frozen,” meaning no significant changes need to be made prior to its official opening, and the bugs which are left appear to be minor. The stage musical even went through its baptism by fire this weekend by bearing the brunt of Neil Patrick Harris’ jokes from the Emmy stage. Now the creative team behind “Turn Off the Dark” are ready to sit back and open the doors to what they hope will be a successfully re-tooled Broadway hit.

But the two biggest names left standing in support of the show, U2’s Bono and The Edge, say if they knew now how much time and effort was going to go in to the show, they never would have agreed to compose the music for it in the first place.

“The hours and weeks and months … If we thought it would take this long, there is not a chance on earth we’d have done it,” Bono tells the NY Times.

The show grew and changed on the fly, ditching original director Julie Taymor and undergoing massive rewrites throughout its preview process.

“Julie was clearly exhausted, overwrought, and we all thought that if we don’t tread carefully, she’s going to walk,” The Edge recalls. “We were tip-toeing around her, and I think that probably meant that people were careful in what they said or told her. I certainly didn’t feel I could be 100 percent frank with Julie, and that was because I felt she was carrying so much of the weight.”

But Bono admits that the changes work, and now there exists a show in which he can be proud.

“The first time I loved ‘Spider-Man’ was two and a half weeks ago,” he said. “Even when I was really angry about its obtuse story and some of the awful readings of the music — even then I was still saying, it was kind of magical.”

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About Sean O'Connell

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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