'Spider-Man: The Musical' Open Call Seeks Vocally Gifted Peter Parker Types

A little over a year ago, we noted that celebrated director/visual-flourishist Julie Taymor would be tackling perhaps her most challenging source material yet. This project would afford no opportunities for portentous lion births, or soldiers lugging Lady Liberty across a model Vietnam in an extremely literal interpretation of a Beatles lyric. Rather, Taymor set about adapting Spider-Man into a Broadway musical. Helping to sell audiences on a hovercraft-enabled lead villain whose big showstopper, "Everything's Coming Up Pumpkin Bombs," closes the first act is none other than U2's Bono and The Edge, who came on board as composers. Now all that's left to round out this spider-shit insane idea is you, triple-threat Tobey and Kirsten types!

OPEN SINGERS/ACTORS CALL FOR SPIDER-MAN A NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL Directed by Julie Taymor, Music and Lyrics by Bono and The Edge of U2
WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR: Peter Parker: male, 16-20's, great Rock voice, can be nerdy with understated sex appeal, good sense of humor Mary Jane: female, 16-20's, beautiful girl next door, strong pop/rock singing voice Principal Woman: female, 25-35 years old, Amazing Rock vocals, think Sinead O'Connor with a Middle Eastern /Bulgarian/Greek/ twist. Foreign, world music types are great, foreign accents are great! All ethnicities.

JULY 28, 2008 10:00am-5pm THE KNITTING FACTORY NYC

Please prepare 16 bars of a pop/rock song that shows range. Please bring sheet music. Also a photo/resume stapled together, IF YOU HAVE ONE. IT'S COOL IF YOU DON'T! spidermancasting@gmail.com

We take their lax headshot requirements to mean that they are fully prepared to pluck a spider-in-the-rough from obscurity if they feel he's the right Peter Parker for the part. That said, there's no shortage of nerdy, understatedly sexy young men currently vying for roles on the Great White Way. Rather, it's the Bulgarian Women's Choir defectee they're hoping will fill the "Principal Woman" slot that might prove to be the bigger casting challenge. Once Bono gets a look at the available talent pool, he might ultimately have to settle for a Bashkortostanian throat singer to play villainous voodoo priestess Calypso instead.