Even those with a cursory knowledge of Spider-Man: The Musical will know that it has been beset by problems for years. There must have been moments when Bono and The Edge -- who are responsible for the music and lyrics -- wished they had never got involved.
And the bad times just keep on coming. This week, several newspapers have broken with Broadway convention and reviewed the previews. Few of them had good things to say, with the music taking quite a battering.
The New York Times -- whose reviewers often have the power to knock fledgling shows dead -- was especially critical. "The songs by Bono and The Edge are rarely allowed to take full, attention-capturing form. Mostly they blur into a sustained electronic twang of varying volume, increasing and decreasing in intensity, like a persistent headache." Ouch.
Meanwhile, the Button Factory is under examinership at present. Here's a statement from the Temple Lane Management Ltd: "Examinership does not affect any gigs, club nights or promoters. It is business as usual. Examinership simply means we have a period of 90 days to make arrangements to safeguard the viability of the business and make the business stronger for the years to come."
Here's hoping they pull through.
Here's what Dublin producer Garret "Jacknife" Lee had to say about the project: "Right from the early stages of recording this song in New Orleans, Michael wanted to share the files with people to hear their different ideas and versions. So here they are. I have bounced some tracks together to make it easier to download and use. We ended up with over a hundred tracks with all the percussion, brass, three pianos, celeste, glockenspiels, vibraphone, eight acoustic guitars, two drum kits, bass synths, banjo, mandolin, dulcimer, electric guitars, bass and all the voices. Enjoy, and be bold."
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