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'Spider-Man' musical sets 2010 Broadway opening date

February 24, 2009 |  9:01 am

Spiderman_2It's official: "Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark," the new musical featuring music by U2's Bono and Edge, will open on Broadway on Feb. 18, 2010.

The musical, based on the Marvel comic superhero, will be staged by Julie Taymor ("The Lion King"), who co-wrote the book with Glen Berger ("Underneath the Lintel"). No official word on casting, although Evan Rachel Wood has said she will star as Mary Jane, love interest of Peter Parker, the teen who is bitten by a radioactive spider and gains superpowers.

The production, with a reported budget of about $31 million, will begin previews Jan. 16 next year at the Hilton Theatre. Tickets go on sale in June.

-- Lisa Fung

Photo: Sony Pictures via Bloomberg News