Bono reportedly agrees with the negative reviews of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, the musical for which he and bandmate The Edge wrote the score, in an upcoming edition of Nightline that will air tonight, May 20, at 11:35 p.m. EST.
“It might have been a little hard for some other people around here to take that, but we don’t disagree with The New York Times. That’s the sort of stuff we were saying backstage,” he said.
Regarding former director Julie Taymor, who was “forced out” according to Billboard, Bono said, “Julie would not accept this . . . She got very close to it, so close, perhaps, that she couldn’t see it. And we were going out and coming back and we could see very clearly what we thought were the problems and she didn’t think they were as big a problem as we did.”
Both Bono and The Edge still praise Taymor, saying, “Julie is an incredible artist, really a very gifted girl. I think it’s — it’s a shame she’s not with us to see it to its conclusion, because a lot of what’s magic about it is hers.”
Even through all the complications and negative press, Bono still holds some appreciation for the previous version of the play. “The last version of Turn Off the Dark had a lot of magic and mysterious stuff. It was beautiful actually, in so many ways. It just, it didn’t cohere.”
“This time you have a really clear story line,” he added.