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!
[00:00] A Book About A Musical (Song of Spider-Man)
[03:06] Glen Berger, Playwright/Author/Unreliable Narrator
[05:30] The One With Glen & Julie’s Ross and Rachel Thing
[07:00] What Could Go Wrong?
[08:53] Technical and Narrative Difficulties
[13:21] Julie Taymor Is Arachne
[16:54] Plan X
[19:00] Revisions and What We’ll Watch
[25:46] Preparing Ourselves To Watch
[28:28] We Watched Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark
[31:32] Characters, Costumes, and A Merciful Murder
[35:45] Script, Sets, and Slow Pacing
[38:53] Despite Wires, Some Cool Scenes
[42:19] The Chase Brock Experience
[44:06] The Green Goblin & The Sinister Six
[49:12] J. Jonah Jameson & Odd Choices
[53:15] A Disappointing Score by Bono and The Edge
[56:20] Postscript and The Show’s Ending
[61:23] Final Thoughts