May 30, 2011

Paul Simon Sympathies Over Spider-Man Musical

Singer/songwriter Paul Simon feels sorry for his fellow rock stars Bono and The Edge over criticism of their Spider-Man musical - he suffered the same agony when his 1998 Broadway play was panned.
The U2 rockers penned the soundtrack for Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, but the show has failed to impress critics and was recently put on hiatus following the exit of director Julie Taymor.
It is currently being given a major revamp ahead of an official opening on 14 June (11) - and Simon sympathises with the musicians as his Broadwaymusical The Capeman closed after just three months following a slew of poor reviews.
The Bridge Over Troubled Water hitmaker tells Mojo magazine, "Yeah, The Capeman went through what (the) Spider-Man (musical) is going through now, but in its day The Capeman was the most expensively produced musical to fail, or so they said.
"Back then there was a lot of resentment about people from the rock 'n' roll world coming to Broadway, and I met the full force of that. I didn't choose Broadway people as my collaborators and we didn't court the powers that be. So when we started to stumble and fail, they said, 'Good, you think it's easy to come here and do that?' It's actually pretty hard.' And they were right. Except we didn't have any attitude or sense of entitlement about Broadway."
And Simon has also given a clear hint he's planning to revive his biggest disaster, adding: "The play definitely had its flaws, but it was much harder than they said it was. It will probably be back again in 2012."
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