The Spider-Man Spectacular – Song of Spider-Man / Turn Off the Dark

Spideyfreude (noun): enjoyment obtained from the troubles of the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. 


According to the musical’s co-writer, Glen Berger, this is what drove audiences to see his show. It’s also what drove us to read his book Song of Spider-Man, and then watch a bootleg recording of the musical. Join us as we (attempt to) turn off the snark with the help of our extra special guest, Lucy Mueller!


  1. [00:00] A Book About A Musical (Song of Spider-Man)

  2. [03:06] Glen Berger, Playwright/Author/Unreliable Narrator

  3. [05:30] The One With Glen & Julie’s Ross and Rachel Thing

  4. [07:00] What Could Go Wrong?

  5. [08:53] Technical and Narrative Difficulties

  6. [13:21] Julie Taymor Is Arachne

  7. [16:54] Plan X

  8. [19:00] Revisions and What We’ll Watch

  9. [25:46] Preparing Ourselves To Watch

  10. [28:28] We Watched Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark

  11. [31:32] Characters, Costumes, and A Merciful Murder

  12. [35:45] Script, Sets, and Slow Pacing

  13. [38:53] Despite Wires, Some Cool Scenes

  14. [42:19] The Chase Brock Experience

  15. [44:06] The Green Goblin & The Sinister Six

  16. [49:12] J. Jonah Jameson & Odd Choices

  17. [53:15] A Disappointing Score by Bono and The Edge

  18. [56:20] Postscript and The Show’s Ending 

  19. [61:23] Final Thoughts



Published by Queeks: The Queer Geek Podcast

We're two queer geeks who know a lot about nerd culture, but not enough about gay culture. Join us as we obsess over the fandoms we love, and expose ourselves (ooh la la) to the LGBTQ culture we've missed.

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