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Books Inc. and The A.C.T. present GLEN BERGER at Books Inc. in the Castro

Books Inc. and co-sponsor The American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) proudly present Emmy Award-winning television and theater writer Glen Berger author of Song of Spider-Man:  The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History, his first hand account of a theatrical dream or nightmare come true.

Renowned director Julie Taymor picked Glen Berger to cowrite the book for a $25 million Spider-Man musical. Together along with U2 s Bono and Edge they would shape a work that was technically daring and emotionally profound, with a story fueled by the hero s quest for love and the villains quest for revenge. Or at least, that's what they'd hoped for.

But when charismatic producer Tony Adams died suddenly, the show began to lose its footing. Soon the budget was ballooning, financing was evaporating, and producers were jumping ship or getting demoted. And then came the injuries. And "then" came word-of- mouth about the show itself. What followed was a pageant of foul-ups, falling-outs, ever-more-harrowing mishaps, and a whole lot of malfunctioning spider legs. This circus-rock-and-roll-drama, with its $65 million price tag, had become more of a spectacle than its creators ever wished for. During the show s unprecedented seven months of previews, the company s struggles to reach opening night inspired breathless tabloid coverage and garnered international notoriety.

Through it all, Berger observed the chaos with his signature mix of big ambition and self-deprecating humor. Song of Spider-Man records the journey of this cast and crew as a hilarious memoir about friendship, collaboration, the foibles of hubris, and the power of art to remind us that we re alive.


Save up to 50% on Glen Berger’s Underneath the Lintel at A.C.T.
Academy Award nominee David Strathairn (Lincoln; Good Night, and Good Luck; Scorched at A.C.T.) returns to A.C.T. in the captivating solo drama Underneath the Lintel. In this riveting mystery, an eccentric librarian finds a weather-beaten book in a return bin—and discovers that it is 113 years overdue. Sparked by a message left in its margins, he sets off on a quest to unravel the secrets of the book and the person who borrowed it. Hailed as "a theatrical miracle . . . a cosmic puzzle that makes The Da Vinci Code seem like a game of hide-and-seek" (Variety), Books Inc customers are invited to save up to 50% off select performances now through Nov. 20.

To Save: use code OVERDUE when ordering tickets online at www.act-sf.org/lintel or by phone at 415.749.2228. Tickets must be ordered by November 5. All tickets subject to availability. Discount cannot be applied to previously ordered tickets.

Event date: 
Friday, November 15, 2013 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
2275 Market Street
94114 San Francisco
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Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451684568
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Simon & Schuster - November 5th, 2013