The Spider-Man musical “Turn Off The Dark,” coming to Broadway in 2010, is not a “musical” but an “opera”… so say U2, which wrote the music and lyrics for the Julie Taymor production.

The band spoke to BBC radio:

“It touches on opera, it touches on rock ‘n’ roll. There are some real character driven songs as well, very unusual song types for us. . . . It is a new challenge. The thing is we don’t really like musicals. Most musicals are really pants. They’re really not very cool. It is much more like opera than a straight musical. We’re actually not calling it a musical for that reason because we don’t want to put people off.” — The Edge

“Our Peter Parker is much more…not Kurt Cobain, but a kind of slacker, a more kind of shy sort of guy.” — Bono.

“We made one rule for ourselves though that we would never have Spider-Man singing. A guy singing in tights can’t happen.” — The Edge.

“We’ve got a new villain, it’s a girl. It’s a very extraordinary role. We’ve taken it to a much more dizzy place than you’d expect. We’ve got big tunes. We’re very proud of it.” — Bono

“She’s [Evan Rachel Wood, who will play Mary Jane] the greatest actor of her generation, she’s the one to watch. She happens to sing like a bird, it’s like a true voice She’s a very pure spirit and a very bright mind and she brings the part of MJ to life really.” — Bono