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U2's Bono agrees with 'Spider-Man' critics

U2's Bono and The Edge, who wrote the music for "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," say they agree with theater critics who called the first version of their beleaguered Broadway musical among the worst ever.

But they also praised the unique vision of their now-departed collaborator, Julie Taymor, the original director and co-writer.

"The last version of 'Turn Off the Dark' had a lot of magic and mysterious stuff," Bono told Cynthia McFadden on ABC's "Good Morning America" Friday. "It was beautiful, actually, in so many ways. It just didn't cohere."

The devastating reviews were "sort of things we were saying backstage," Bono conceded. "It might have been a little hard for some other people around here to take that. But we don't disagree."

The hugely revamped show, which began in previews last Thursday to good initial buzz, is at roughly 80 percent of where he wants it to be by opening night June 14, Bono said.

Tony Award-winner Taymor ("The Lion King") had rejected the mounting criticisms, Bono added. "She got very close to it -- so close that perhaps she couldn't see it. And we were going at it and coming back and we could see very clearly what we thought were the problems. And she didn't think they were as big a problem as we did. And sometimes at a point like that you've just got to say, 'Look, you are too close and we're eating up more and more time [and] people's money and we've actually got to stop now and fix this.' "

Bono also told McFadden that he and The Edge still consider Taymor one of theater's great creative talents and that whatever success the show may see is due in large part to her.

The duo has not spoken to Taymor recently, Bono noted, but they are inviting her to opening night.


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