After being savaged by the critics last week, the producers of the Spider-Man tuner are hoping to plug the holes in the plot with a rewrite by Roberto Aguirre-Sacas. The reviews that skewered “Turn Off the Dark,” which is still in previews after almost three months, all made mention of the weakness of the book by director Julie Taymor and Glen Berger.
Aguirre-Sacas has had success in a variety of venues, with 10 off-Broadway plays, three seasons of “Big Love,” and a range of comic books, including several “Spider-Man” titles. He also revamped the book for the 1966 musical “It’s a Bird … It’s a Plane … It’s Superman” for a well-received run last year in Dallas.
Also new to the show is the British record producer Steve Lillywhite who has worked with novice Broadway composers Bono and The Edge and the rest of U2 on eight albums. Lillywhite won the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Producer of the Year, Non-Classical for his work on U2’s Album of the Year “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.”