Yep, you read that right. Superhero Hype has the casting notice:
AEA 29-HOUR REHEARSED READING
Director: Julie Taymor
Music and Lyrics: Bono and The Edge of U2
Musical Supervisor: Teese Gohl
Book: Julie Taymor and Glen Berger
Producer: Hello Entertainment/David Garfinkle, Martin McCallum, Marvel Entertainment
Casting Director: Telsey + Company
Rehearsals: Begin 7/2/07 in NYC
Reading: 7/12/07 and 7/13/07
The notice includes casting calls for Peter Parker, MJ, J. Jonah, and…
[ARACHNE] Female, 20-35 years old, any ethnicity. A beautiful, boastful young woman turned into a spider for her hubris and lack of respect for the gods. She subsequently appears to Peter Parker and the audience as in turn a powerful spider-woman who comes from another time to inspire Peter; an otherworldly lover; a bride; a terrifying (and sexy) dark goddess of vengeance; a dance partner in a charged and violent spiders dance of death; and, finally, a lonely, fragile young woman. Possesses an ethereal, unique, gorgeous singing voice. Strong Celtic, Balkan style, e.g., Sinead O’Connor. Outside the box ideas are welcomed. Could be someone from the music industry.
Okay now, we are very VERY excited by this because Julie Taymor is one of the authentic geniuses of today. Long known for her visionary theater stagings, she actually made THE LION KING Broadway show an amazing post-modern multi-culti experience. TITUS ANDRONICUS was just radical, and her upcoming ACROSS THE UNIVERSE Beatles musical is supposed to be incredible…too incredible for the studio to even release. You can see the trailer here.
Of course, we haven’t even mentioned the idea of Bono and the Edge writing a Spidey musical.
“When a maaaaaaan must climb the towers,
He’s caught in a web, caught in a web…”
We can hear the hit single “When I look in your eyes, MJ” already.
Truly, this marks the beginning of a very special story for The Beat, one we will give our most specialest coverage.