Writer of ‘Spider-Man’ Musical Signs a Book Deal

By CHARLES MCGRATH


Reeve Carney, center, in a promotion for “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.” Photo: Chad Batka for The New York Times

Glen Berger, the Off-Broadway playwright whose plum assignment to collaborate with Bono and the Edge of U2 on a Broadway musical turned into the media circus known as “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” has signed with Simon & Schuster to write a book about his experience, the publisher said on Tuesday.

“Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History” was acquired by Jonathan Karp, the publisher and executive vice-president of Simon & Schuster, who has a particular interest in musical theater, having written an Off Broadway show of his own in 2004.

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