PHOTOS: Inside Broadway's $60 Million Production of 'Spider-Man'

 Annie Leibovitz

The December issue of Vogue (on newsstands Nov. 23) has exclusive photos from Broadway's $60 million production of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, the most expensive show to hit the Great White Way's stages.

The show, which is slated to begin previews at Foxwoods Theatre later this month after several delays due to safety issues (one actor broke both his wrists in a slingshot stunt gone wrong), is directed by Julie Taymor and features songs by U2's Bono and The Edge. It stars newcomer Reeve Carney.

“Spider-Man is a genuine American myth with a dark, primal power,” Taymor tells Vogue. “But it’s also got this great superhero, and -- hey! -- he can fly through the theater at 40 miles an hour. It’s got villains, it’s got skyscrapers, it’s colorful, it’s Manhattan. I knew it would be a challenge, but I saw the inherent theatricality in it, and I couldn’t resist.”

The bright costumes were photographed by Annie Leibovitz for Vogue and designed by Tony nominee Eiko Ishioka. “Julie wanted me to add elements of crazy fantasy to create a world that was dangerous, risky,” Ishioka says. “Something that makes audiences go, ‘Wow!’ PHOTOS: More Spider-Man set pictures.

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