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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Bono & The Edge celebrate 1,000 shows

Reeve Carney, The Edge, Robert Cuccioli and Bono
Reeve Carney, The Edge, Robert Cuccioli and Bono attend the Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark celebration of its 1,000 performance on Broadway at Foxwoods Theatre on May 29, 2013 in New York City.

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Their debut Broadway stage project Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark was plagued with drama from the beginning, but now, after 1,000 shows, it has become a 'must-see' hit on Broadway.

Bono and The Edge, who composed the score for the musical, which, to date, grosses nearly €1m per week and will mark its third anniversary in November.

Actor Jake Epstein, who plays the title role of Peter Parker turned web slinging/singing superhero said he was thrilled with the latest success of the show.  “Everyone wrote it off, but we’re still going strong,” he said. Although Jake wasn't involved in the production in the early days, or original director, Julie Taymor, he loves to chat to the cast about it.

“I love to talk to the cast who were around then,” he added. “And they love to tell their war stories.”

As for the daredevil techniques, which include cast members flying through the audience, he said that he doesn't quite have the physique he was hoping for when he signed up for the role.

"I thought I’d wind up with killer abs, but no, it’s all about your ankles and your core muscles. I’ve got an ankle six-pack.”

 

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