Ah . . . the glory of seeing something you didn’t really care much about implode in a $65 million dollar boondoggle. The gloriously disastrous musical that is Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark, now the butt of every Broadway joke, has decided to drop back and punt by bringing in  Broadway veteran Paul Bogaev. Hired to “help improve the performance, vocal and orchestration arrangements,” Bogaev has his hands full. Bono and the Edge are currently writing new music and the musicals producers are talking to, but have not signed, Spider-Man comic book writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa to re-work some of the book (That’s Broadway for “script” . . . Now you know as much as I do about Broadway). Contrary to blog reports, the production has not hired a new director. Three weeks to go before the show’s fifth scheduled opening on March 15.

Fifth times the charm! I’m sure of it!
Just click those ruby red shoes and say,
“There’s no musical like Spiderman,
There’s no musical like Spiderman!”


Now for the salt that’s gonna get rubbed into Julie Taymor’s and Bono’s $65 million dollar wounds. Justin Moran, humorist and playwright, has launched “Spider-man Smackdown”, a guerrilla theater project to write, compose, choreograph, cast, rehearse, and perform a complete musical based on the character Spiderman in New York City before the March 15th opening date of the fifth attempt to open Spiderman: Turn of the Dark on Broadway.

You can check out Moran’s blog for updates and videos about the project like the one below.

“How important is $65 Million in making good theatre?” jokes Moran. “We’re going to develop a story, write a complete musical score and script, design sets and costumes, cast, rehearse, advertise and ultimately mount the production on March 14th, 2011 at the The People’s Improv Theatre in NYC.”

That $65 million is very important, without that you can’t buy enough doughnuts to keep the Unions happy. There are many theatre unions, Actors Equity Association (for actors and stage managers), the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE, for designers and technicians). Many theatres require that their staff be members of these organizations.

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Wednesday is here and with the release of our 19th podcast episode comes the ever-popular question of the week! Question of the week is a question we ask you, our readers and listeners, and you answer it by either commenting to this post, or telling us your answer on facebook or twitter (@nerdbastards)! We choose the best answer on the Podcast and the winner will have their answer read aloud on the air, as well as the ability to shout-out or plug anything they want to. You will also see your answer written here on the weekly question post.

Last week’s question was: What is the biggest nerd fight you’ve ever had?  The winner was Ekey and he won a free t-shirt from Bustedtees.com.  Ekey, contact us at contest@nerdbastards.com with the style of shirt you want and the size so we can set you up nice.  Ekey’s answer was: Biggest nerd fight I was in involved a complete psychological and moral deconstruction of BatmanSuperman. My argument was that Batman was better since he was driven morally to be a vigilante for good by a broken system whereas Superman was merely a product of being an alien with superpowers. His argument was that Batman was only acting out his own self-preservation tendencies using an unlimited amount of money and technology that could have otherwise gone to school reconstruction or infrastructure to help clean up the city whereas Superman was poor and worked only as a lowly journalist and acted solely for the good of the people he saved. The argument got heated enough that the bartender gave my friend and me a pitcher for free and said we either needed to start drinking more or leave. vs.

Good job, Ekey!

This week’s question is: What is the nerdiest way to die? (Make sure you tell us what you’d like us to plug or who you’d like a shout-out to with your answer, so we can say it on the podcast if you win!)