Fall 2013 Simon & Schuster Catalog
Simon & Schuster
6 x 9
Song of Spider-Man
The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History
Glen Berger, Author
About the Book
From the show’s cowriter who saw it all firsthand, this is the epic story of the most expensive, ambitious, dangerous, and controversial Broadway musical of all-time:
Never in the history of Broadway has there been anything like
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
. Lampooned by reviewers, loved and loathed by audiences, and boldly envisioned by its producers,
has forever made its mark in pop culture history.
Author Glen Berger was present at the creation, when visionary director Julie Taymor selected him to collaborate with her on the book of the musical. For seven years, Berger was an eyewitness to great artistic hopes and battles as Taymor sought to bring her vision to the stage, along with celebrated rock stars Bono and the Edge. But despite terrible reviews and public ridicule,
went on to become one of the top ten grossing musicals in the history of Broadway—a feat inseparable from its creators’ unassailable passion, immense efforts, and artistic ambition.
With a sharp eye for detail and candid sense of humor, Berger reveals every aspect—the highs and lows—of the production and in doing so, takes us inside the theatrical process in a way few authors can.
The Song of Spider-Man
is the ultimate fly-on-the-wall account of how Broadway works, how big musicals are made, and how great artists continue to dream, even in the midst of a nightmare.
Song of Spider-Man
knowing two things you didn’t after seeing Spider
-Man: Turn Off the Dark
. Mr. Berger knows how to write, and he can tell a good story."
— Mark Harris, New York Times
“[A] juicy and entertaining Broadway bildungsroman… a clear-eyed tale of hubris and humiliation.”
— Entertainment Weekly
“An absorbing…account of one of show biz's more bizarre real-life adventures.”
— USA Today
"Hilarious and engrossing. . . Despite the fact that the project he is most associated with never received better than mixed reviews, one imagines that Berger surely considers himself first and foremost a dramatist. How inconvenient for his self-conception that he’s written one of the best literary works of this year."
— Nicholas Mancusi, Miami Herald-Tribune
“An entertaining tell-all about this infamous musical that, in the fall of 2010, made headlines almost every day….an accurate and candid account.”
— Michael Riedel, New York Post
Glen Berger cut his teeth at Seattle’s Annex Theatre back in the ’90s. His plays since then include
Underneath the Lintel,
which has been staged more than two hundred times worldwide, been translated into eight languages, and won several Best Play awards; and
O Lovely Glowworm,
a 2005 Portland Drammy Award Winner for Best Script. He is a New Dramatists alumnus. In television, Glen has won two Emmys (out of twelve nominations), and has written more than 150 episodes for children’s television series including
(Discovery/The Learning Channel),
Big and Small
(PBS), for which he was the head writer for all five years of its run. Glen spent six years cowriting the script of
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.
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