Comics, Miscellaneous, Nerdery

The Spidey Project Is the Best Thing Ever



?I cannot thank Adam T. enough for bringing The Spidey Project to my attention. From the press release:

Smackdown’ Project Aims to Launch Original Spiderman Musical on $0
Budget One Day Before $65 Million Broadway Production

16 2011, New York, NY: ____ Veteran humorist and playwright, Justin
Moran, launches “Spiderman Smackdown”, a guerilla theatre project to
write, rehearse, and perform a fully realized musical based on the
character Spiderman in under 30 days with a budget of $0. Set to open
one day before the $65 Million Broadway musical “Spiderman: Turn Off the
Dark”, Moran’s musical will be the first Spiderman Musical to
officially open in New York City.

Moran has launched a blog
( and YouTube page to promote the project
and to enlist a troupe of volunteer writers, designers and actors. “How
important is $65 Million in making good theatre?” jokes Moran. “We’re
going to develop a story, write a complete musical score and script,
design sets and costumes, cast, rehearse, advertise and ultimately mount
the production on March 14th, 2011 at the The People’s Improv Theatre
in NYC.”

Moran is collaborating with writer Jon Roufaeal on the
story and book, based on the “Spiderman Origins” comic book, and has
brought on composers Adam Podd (Pope the Musical, ImgineOcean) and Doug
Katsaros (Broadway’s Aida; Grammy nominated Footloose; TV’s The Tick) to
write and arrange the score. “The outpouring of volunteers in these
first 4 days has been overwhelming,” says Moran, “and I am extremely
confident in the level of talent that is going into creating this
completely original Spiderman Musical.”

Justin Moran is no
stranger to new thinking in creative theatre production. He is a
resident writer and performer with two improv comedy groups at The
Magnet Theatre in NYC, and his original musical, “Pope! The Musical”
(Fringe Festival NYC 2010 Winner: Outstanding Music and Lyrics) which he
wrote the book and lyrics for played off-Broadway at the Lucille
Lortell Theatre in 2010. The Spidey Project will open at the People’s
Improv Theater (the PIT, 123 East 24th St), March 14th, 2011.

To find out more on the project or volunteer your creativity, visit


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