Broadway going 'Dark' for Spidey

Julie Taymor musical gets an opening date

The long-in-the-works Spider-Man musical has an official opening date.

"Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," directed by Julie Taymor with music and lyrics by Bono and the Edge, will open on Broadway on Feb. 18. Preview performances start Jan. 16.

Producing are Hello Entertainment's David Garfinkle, Martin McCallum, Marvel Entertainment's David Maisel, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Jeremiah Harris.

Also involved in the production, with a reported budget of $31 million, are Omneity Entertainment's Richard Weinberg, the Mayerson/Gould/Hauser/Tysoe Group, and Patricia Lambrecht and Jam Theatricals of S2BN Entertainment.

While no castings have taken place, Taymor has been conducting table readings with the young stars of her movie "Across the Universe," Jim Sturgess and Evan Rachel Wood. Sturgess is not expected to join the musical as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, though Wood has publicly said the role of Spider-Man's Mary Jane Watson was hers.