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

“Mr. Berger knows how to write, and he can tell a good story.” (New York Times)

“Juicy and entertaining…” (Entertainment Weekly)

"Hilarious and engrossing. . .” (Miami Herald-Tribune)

“Self-deprecating, funny, wise… and more than a little wistful…” (American Theatre Magazine)

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 book should be required reading for all theater students.” (TheaterMania.com)

“This juicy memoir offers up the requisite dirt to make a satisfying read for Broadway carrions and disaster junkies alike….” (TheaterMania.com)

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

“[A] captivating new tell-all….a fascinating conflict between art and commerce, ideology and reality, and friends-turned-enemies….If you only know Turn Off the Dark for the countless jokes it spawned, illuminate yourself to the true story of what happened. It's more funny and strange than you could have possibly imagined.” (Topless Robot)

“[Berger] packs six years’ worth of unbearable turmoil into 384 vastly readable pages. The result should be required reading for not only theater majors, but business majors in colleges nationwide….SONG OF SPIDER-MAN is an eye-opener, even for those who followed the press closely.” (Bookgasm.com)

“An addictive tell-all… [Berger’s] a damn fine story-teller." (Word and Film)

"A truly remarkable book." (Reviews Gate)

About the Author

Glen Berger cut his teeth at Seattle’s Annex Theatre back in the ’90s. His plays since then include Underneath the Lintel, which has been staged more than two hundred times worldwide, been translated into eight languages, and won several Best Play awards; and O Lovely Glowworm, a 2005 Portland Drammy Award Winner for Best Script. He is a New Dramatists alumnus. In television, Glen has won two Emmys (out of twelve nominations), and has written more than 150 episodes for children’s television series including Arthur (PBS), Peep (Discovery/The Learning Channel), Big and Small (BBC), and Fetch (PBS), for which he was the head writer for all five years of its run. Glen spent six years cowriting the script of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (November 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451684568
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451684568
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #517,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Eric on November 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Hal Jordan VINE VOICE on November 17, 2013
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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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Gaines on November 9, 2013
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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).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Heyace on November 13, 2013
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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?
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