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Bono and Edge Discuss Saving 'Spider-Man' on 'GMA' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted May 20th 2011 11:45AM
Bono talks about 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' on 'Good Morning America'This morning on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM on ABC), Bono and the Edge were presented with a New York Times review of 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' that said "it may rank amongst the worst musicals ever made." Considering Bono and the Edge wrote the music for the show, that had to sting a little. But surprisingly, Bono said he and his U2 bandmate don't necessarily disagree.

Julie Taymor, who directed the Broadway adaptation of 'The Lion King,' left the project and it has been rewritten and re-launched in previews. "Julie would not accept this, but she got very close to it," said Bono. "So close perhaps that she couldn't see it. And we were going at it and coming back, and we could see very clearly what we thought were the problems."

Bono said the characters and plot are better drawn in the new version, and they've fixed a lot of "obvious stuff." The most obvious hopefully would be the rigs that lift the actors and other safety hazards that have plagued the show and made it an easy punch line.

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Bono and Edge...two of the dumbest names in rock and two guys who belong to the most boring band on the planet...I'd rather hear a faucet drip.

May 21 2011 at 2:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Robert Cowan

Since they came out with the Joshua Tree, not only is argument stupid, but also invalid.

June 01 2011 at 12:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Violet's News

When was the last time you went out of a theatre watching a musical and
hummed the songs? This a major problem with Broadway and the
proof is that 65 million dollars went into a blown up, special effects,
Vegas prodution, called Spiderman, that has no memorable story
or music that transports you. The reason Peter Pan was so
successful when the star flew across the stage was a good
Barrie story, and lovely music, and soul. You can blame the
agents and managers for the decline of the musicals on
Broadway, which is why there are so many re-runs.
Nobody reads scripts, music, or even want to take the
time to find talented composers, good writers, and
there has to be among 300 million people in America,
another Rodgers and Hammerstein, or Cole Porter?
It's become a million to one chance that they'll ever
make it. The odds are too great and it's the system
that is failing the public. Agents and Managers want
creative people to do all their work and when money
is involved, they answer the call.
Unfortunately, the real creative people have no
business sense, only talent.
65 million dollars that financed Spiderman
could have financed an opera, and 50 musicals.
Bono is great doing concerts.

May 21 2011 at 1:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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