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Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publication date November 18, 2014
Pages 372
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781451684575
ISBN-10 1451684576
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.75 by 8.75 in.
Weight 0.75 lbs.
Original list price $17.00
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: “One of the best literary works of this year” (Miami Herald-Tribune): The true story of a theatrical dream—or nightmare—come true…the making of the Spider-Man musical.

As you might imagine, writing a Broadway musical has its challenges. But it turns out there are challenges one can’t begin to imagine when collaborating with two rock legends and a superstar director to stage the biggest, most expensive production in theater history. Renowned director Julie Taymor picked playwright Glen Berger to cowrite the book for a $25 million Spider-Man musical. Together—along with U2’s Bono and Edge—they would shape a work that was technically daring and emotionally profound, with a story fueled by the hero’s quest for love…and the villains’ quest for revenge. Or at least, that’s what they’d hoped for.

But when charismatic producer Tony Adams died suddenly, the show began to lose its footing. Soon the budget was ballooning, financing was evaporating, and producers were jumping ship or getting demoted. And then came the injuries. And then came word-of-mouth about the show itself. What followed was a pageant of foul-ups, falling-outs, ever-more harrowing mishaps, and a whole lot of malfunctioning spider legs. This “circus-rock-and-roll-drama,” with its $65 million price tag, had become more of a spectacle than its creators ever wished for. During the show’s unprecedented seven months of previews, the company’s struggles to reach opening night inspired breathless tabloid coverage and garnered international notoriety.

Through it all, Berger observed the chaos with his signature mix of big ambition and self-deprecating humor.

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Hardcover
Book cover for 9781451684568
 
from Simon & Schuster (November 5, 2013); titled "Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History"
9781451684568 | details & prices | 370 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.25 in. | 1.20 lbs | List price $25.00
About: From the show’s cowriter who saw it all firsthand, this is the epic story of the most expensive, ambitious, dangerous, and controversial Broadway musical of all-time: Spider-Man.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Simon & Schuster (November 18, 2014); titled "Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History"
9781451684575 | details & prices | 372 pages | 5.75 × 8.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $17.00
About: “One of the best literary works of this year” (Miami Herald-Tribune): The true story of a theatrical dream—or nightmare—come true…the making of the Spider-Man musical.

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