U2 Album Producer to Work on ‘Spider-Man’ Music

New York Times by Scott Heller (2011-01-13)

Steve Lillywhite, the Grammy-winning record producer who counts U2 as among his most frequent clients, has come aboard “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark,” the $65-million Broadway musical featuring music by Bono and the Edge, the band’s chief songwriters.

Mr. Lillywhite, who has been at the Foxwoods Theater this week working with the actors on the show’s music, will also produce the original cast album. After an unusually lengthy preview period marked by several delays, the show is due to open February 7.

A spokesman for the show confirmed Mr. Lillywhite’s work with the cast, which was first reported by Deadline.com. Among the U2 albums produced by Mr. Lillywhite are “October,” “War,” and “How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.” He also produced songs on the band’s most recent album, “No Line on the Horizon,” in 2009.

While technical staging issues have preoccupied the “Spider-Man” creative team during previews, and the show’s book has come in for criticism on blogs and in chat rooms, the musical’s score — Bono and Edge’s first venture on Broadway — has not emerged unscathed. Some patrons have remarked about a muddy sound mix as well.

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