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Free Book Friday – Song of Spider-Man


Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History

by Glen Berger


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.


ISBN 9781451684575, Paperback

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61 Responses to “Free Book Friday – Song of Spider-Man”

  1. Joseph L. says:

    I enjoy reading the behind the scenes stories of films and theater plays.

  2. Tanya W. (TanyaW) , says:

    Looks like a good read!

  3. Kathleen D. says:

    This one looks great!!! I love paperback swap!

  4. Elisabeth M. says:

    I love paperbackswap and I love free books

  5. brooklyn11218 says:

    I liked the show when I saw it

  6. Shari S. (lavendercow2) says:

    looks interesting

  7. Karen B. (iambusyreading) says:

    I’ve never gotten a fee book before, even though I read, on average about 10 books a week. I use PBS, trade with friends, purchase ( a lot!!) and use my local library : – )

  8. Marianna S. (Angeloudi) says:

    Looks like it should receive a Tony award!

  9. Vicky A. (dunnville) says:

    Good luck fellow readers! But of course I hope I win this book!

  10. Angel S. (chocoboninja) says:

    I’d love to be able to see a Spider-Man Musical it sounds Amazing! I’m sure the book is too of course 😉

  11. Betty V. (bettyv) says:

    A fun blast from the past!

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