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Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History
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Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History [Format Kindle]

Glen Berger

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Song of Spider-Man



Revue de presse

"You close Song of Spider-Man knowing two things you didn’t after seeing Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Mr. Berger knows how to write, and he can tell a good story."
(Mark Harris New York Times)

“[A] juicy and entertaining Broadway bildungsroman… a clear-eyed tale of hubris and humiliation.”
(Entertainment Weekly)

“An absorbing…account of one of show biz's more bizarre real-life adventures.”
(USA Today)

"Hilarious and engrossing. . . Despite the fact that the project he is most associated with never received better than mixed reviews, one imagines that Berger surely considers himself first and foremost a dramatist. How inconvenient for his self-conception that he’s written one of the best literary works of this year."
(Nicholas Mancusi Miami Herald-Tribune)

“An entertaining tell-all about this infamous musical that, in the fall of 2010, made headlines almost every day….an accurate and candid account.”
(Michael Riedel New York Post)

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark turned out to be a dud, but Berger’s book is one of the best recent accounts of the making and unmaking of a big Broadway show.”
(Connecticut Post)

“This juicy memoir offers up the requisite dirt to make a satisfying read for Broadway carrions and disaster junkies alike….This book should be required reading for all theater students.”

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 384 pages
  • Editeur : Simon & Schuster (5 novembre 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00BSB2C2O
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Caught in the Web 6 novembre 2013
Par Eric - Publié sur
After reading all those articles about Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark in the newspapers I couldn’t wait to find out what really happened with that ill-fated Broadway musical. Reading Berger's book did not disappoint. On the contrary, it surpassed my expectations. It is highly informative and insightful, especially in regard to all the intricacies, intrigues and complexities that accompanied this high caliber production from its inception to the long awaited opening night. I was fascinated by the many unexpected turns of events, which made me wonder if, in fact, there is such a thing as providence – some divine or nefarious intervention that goes beyond mere luck or chance. Apart from a great story, told with skill and humor, I found Song of Spider-Man full of life lessons which gave me pause to ponder. It’s an important discourse on Trust and Communication, which holds true in any situation where human beings have to work together, whether it’s in the theater, in business, politics or in the grand institution of life. I couldn’t put the book down.
6 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Five star book about a one star musical 17 novembre 2013
Par Hal Jordan - Publié sur
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
Glen Berger is the co-author of the "book" -- the words other than the song lyrics -- for the Broadway musical, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. He stuck with the play through more than six years of drafts, rewrites, the firing of superstar director Julie Taymor, the complete revamping of the show, and -- finally -- the relative success of the new version.

I saw the original version of Spider-Man and it was, by far, the worst experience I have ever had in a theater. The plot was incoherent, the music (by Bono and The Edge of U2) was mediocre -- and the lyrics were often unintelligible because of the muddy sound system -- the attempts at humor fell flat, and the attempts at transmitting a message fell even flatter. Berger was clearly responsible for some of these problems … and yet, he has written a terrific book about his experiences.

I'm not sure what I was expecting -- probably a hatchet job laying all of the blame on Taymor -- but what I got was a funny, insightful, candid, honest, even-handed attempt to make sense of his long experience with this play. Sure Taymor comes off as a bit of an inflexible egomaniac -- and her tendency to blow up at the expense of assistant set directors and the like, is very unappealing -- but Berger bends over backward to play it straight, and, at least as far as I can see, he succeeds.

Clearly, Berger should be kept far away from writing Broadway musicals, by the use of machine gun nests backed up by drones, if necessary. But he should be encouraged to write more first-person nonfiction. I don't know what else he has done in his life that he can write about, but on the basis of this book, I would be happy to read his account of walking his dog and brushing his teeth. If you have an interest in Broadway musicals, the theater in general, or just this particular, much discussed, show, you will love this book. I would give it 10 stars if I could.

Final point: The book is remarkably free of glitches. There are a couple of minuscule things: He changes someone's age within a couple of paragraphs and he apparently doesn't know the difference between an editorial (written by the editors of a newspaper) and an op-ed (written by an invited contributor). But the book is mercifully free of the typos, omitted words, repetitions of whole paragraphs within a few pages, and other problems that plague modern publishing. Maybe he had a good editor, but given the sorry state of modern publishing, I would guess he actually took the time to proofread the book. Who would think we would have gotten to the point that doing so would merit praise?

Final, final point: His last name is Berger; his wife's last name is Almquist. Their kids have the last name of Bergquist. How neat is that?
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Better Than It Has Any Right to Be! 9 novembre 2013
Par C. Gaines - Publié sur
I have never seen Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. The first person I knew who had seen Spider-Man was actually present during the infamous December 20, 2010 preview performance when an actor fell 30 feet into the pit in front of the stage during a botched stunt. Like most people, I followed the weekly horrors of our favorite neighborhood Spider-Man in those early days with a nearly sick since of delight and a large helping of schadenfreude. Who thought this would be a good idea in the first place?

Glen Berger's book, honestly, is about a million times better than it has any right to be. I mean that in a positive sense, because after all, he's writing about a show (as he astutely points out in the first chapter). That's it. Just a show. However, through his narrative style (which, I will admit, took a bit of time to get used to), his frequent, but significant, diversions and allusions, as well as his almost frighteningly specific recollections of every thought and feeling he must have had during his six year long chronology with the musical, I am presently more interested in seeing this show than I had ever been! The fact that the show is still running three years after it's first flawed preview performance is a testament to something -- or, perhaps more accurately, a lot of somethings -- and since I missed the first iteration of the show, I am now looking forward to not missing the current one.

Having never seen the musical, I wasn't sure how accessible the book would be. Luckily, it was extremely. Additionally, all of the early buzz on the book was that it was a "tell-all" (perhaps, sure, it is...) and that Julie Taymor was raked over hot coals in the book (she will probably feel that she was, but I, however, didn't really feel that way). However, the book isn't quite as sensational as some journalists would like you to believe. It's an "airing out the dirty laundry" book, sure, but it's presented fairly by Berger for what it is: one man's account in the eye of the storm. Reading it through that lense, and knowing that others in the eye might have their own perspectives, made it easy for me to digest this narrative. These are Berger's facts (heavily corroborated with emails and journalistic reports sprinkled throughout), and I sincerely found myself captivated while reading them.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Must Read for Any Broadway Fan 7 décembre 2013
Par Jason S. Wrench - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
First, and foremost, I saw Spiderman twice when it was under Julie Taymor's control. From the moment I heard that Taymor, Bonno & Edge, and Spiderman were going to be intertwining with each other, I figured this would be an amazing theatrical event or a giant train wreck. I saw the 6th performance and then again the night the critics showed up to review Spiderman 1.0 (before Taymor was released from the show). As such, I've been a huge fan of this piece from the beginning, but not always for the right reasons.

In this book, Berger does an amazing job of letting you see inside the minds of the various personalities and decisions that were made in the creation of Spider-man: Turn off the Dark. This book helped to clarify some of the rumors I'd heard, correct some of the misconceptions I'd had about the musical, and let me in on some of the secrets I didn't even know about.

If you love Broadway, then this book is a must read. Probably the single best book written by an author of a major musical (Berger was co-author for the musical's book) about all of the problems this musical faced along the way. Honestly, this book was actually more interesting than the second act of the show in its original form.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An insightful, pleasure to read page-turner 14 novembre 2013
Par Heyace - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Everyone's heard the story in the press. Here's the story from an insider who saw it all go down.

Reasons I enjoyed it:

First off, Mr. Berger writes an entertaining story. We already know what's going to happen because we all saw it play out in the press, so he concentrates on the little details that keep you hooked, like a little quip from Bono, or an insightful moment from Taymor, or his own willful disregard of his better instincts. Each one catapults you to the next.

Second, he doesn't come off as the hero. Far from it. I think when he "mealymouth"'s his support for Plan X (the third or fourth plan to fix the musical from Taymor's initial staging) he comes off as the polar opposite of the Tony-winning Taymor who can make snap decisions that are 95% of the time brilliant. He comes off as one of those people who bitch behind the scenes but don't have the courage of their convictions.

Third, he's funny. There's some laugh out loud moments in this book. It's not the content that makes you laugh (unless you find disaster funny) it's his style and references. I was thinking how his situation was so like "Bullets Over Broadway" just seconds before he pointed out how his situation was just like Bullets Over Broadway. There were dozens of these moments in the book.

Fourth, if you've ever done theatre, at any level, you'll appreciate what's going on here. Dictatorial direction, sudden deaths, pushing changes right up to curtain time, egos that run rampant, temperamental actors, yearning for transcendence but not able to transcend, it's all here, writ large, as large as it gets. He couldn't have had a bigger canvas, and he covers it all.

Fifth, although this may have been his own way of creating sympathy for himself (who knows?) I found his self doubt and introspection a nice counterpoint to the narrative, which moves right along with no breathers. Perhaps this was all in his head, or in retrospect. Doesn't matter, it worked.

Finally, the book-long tension on the subject of loyalty was the real prize here. No spoilers, but it plays all the way through the epilogue, so be sure you read it all. If you've ever had the opportunity to work with people who are truly brilliant (like Taymor, Bono, Edge) imagine what would happen when the boat splits in half and you have to figure out where your loyalties lie. It's enough to make you depressed, ill, or worse. To the author's credit, it hurts but it never makes you want to put the book down.

Awesome read. Fun subject, great characters, a happy ending (sort of). If you're the kind of person who enjoys watching train wrecks or disaster videos, this is for you. But it also has redemption in it, in a way that isn't simple or compartmentalized or predictable, so there's more depth here than you might expect.

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