Comedian Launching Second Spider-Man Musical the Day Before 'Turn Off the Dark'
“The Spidey Project: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility,” with a budget of zero dollars, premieres March 14 in Manhattan.
There’s another Spider-Man musical opening this year, and it doesn’t cost $65 million.
Comedian and composer Justin Moran is taking things into his own hands, unveiling his show, The Spidey Project: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility, on March 14 -- one day before Julie Taymor’s expensive Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark officially opens, reports the New York Times.
“Our goal isn’t to tear down Julie Taymor or parody her production,” Moran, who won an award at last year’s Fringe Festival for Pope! The Musical, told the Times. “Our goal is to do what she should have done in the first place, and that’s just make a really good musical.”
Moran said the inspiration for The Spidey Project, which will be performed at the Peoples Improv Theater in Manhattan and had a budget of zero dollars, came from negative reviews he read of Taymor’s Turn Off the Dark, set to officially open March 15. He believed, after following the history of the production, that he could produce a better musical.
“I was like, of course it’s going to fail. They’re doing it all wrong. They’re spending all this money on all the wrong things,” he said.
The Spidey Project, Moran says, will follow the story introduced in the comics: “It’s Peter Parker, in high school at Forest Hills when he gets bitten by the spider and all that good stuff.” Though he wasn’t given permission from Marvel to pursue The Spidey Project, Moran said “there’s enough leeway in the parody or spoof angle” to proceed.
For now, only the March 14 performance is expected to take place.