Hope never dies for ‘Spider-Man’

Spidey drops in on New Dramatists

Tuesday’s New Dramatists luncheon honoring Julie Taymor featured a much-anticipated performance: The band Carney, with singer Reeve Carney playing Peter Parker, performed “The Boy Falls From the Sky,” a Bono/the Edge-penned anthem from Taymor’s long-gestating musical, “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.”

Gotham confab, held at the Marriott Marquis, included glowing encomia for Taymor from collaborators like Disney Theatricals’ Tom Schumacher, who recounted the business of getting “The Lion King” approved by the higher-ups at his company.

“We followed the rule of all jungle predators,” Schumacher said. “We had to separate Michael Eisner from the pack.”

Regarding “Spider-Man,” co-writer Glen Berger set the scene for the song by saying, “I don’t want to give too much away, but Peter Parker has screwed up, and now he has to get his love Mary Jane back — he has to get his powers back, even — as he runs this gauntlet of supervillains.” –