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Julie Taymor reveals more about 'Spider-Man' musical

July 16, 2009 |  7:00 pm

Marvel has released a pair of online video interviews with Julie Taymor, director of the "Spider-Man" musical, who will stage the big-budget production on Broadway in 2010 at the Hilton Theatre.

Scheduled to begin previews Feb. 25, "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" will star Evan Rachel Wood as Mary Jane and Alan Cumming as the Green Goblin. No word yet on who has been cast in the lead role.

In the first interview, Taymor talks about the research she did for the musical (yes, Spidey fans, she has immersed herself in the original comics). She also puts to rest the long-held fear that the show will feature actors singing in tights.

"I want to make that clear to the audience," she says. "Spider-Man as Peter Parker, he sings. As soon as he becomes Spider-Man... he doesn't sing, he acts. He flies, he fights, he's much more of a physical character."

She continues: "I've read about it -- oh my God, Spider-Man singing in tights. Ain't gonna happen."

In the second video, Taymor explains the musical's subtitle, "Turn Off the Dark."

"Bono brought that to us," she said. Click through to find out more ...

-- David Ng

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