After Glenn Beck gave a teen-girls-at-a-Beatles-concert-like review of the new Spider-Man musical on his radio show yesterday, he went back to the show last night to see it again. While watching, he received an invite to go backstage after the show to meet the show's musical mastermind, U2's Bono. Beck agreed, and then explained the meeting to his radio listeners -- much to the chagrin of his jealous co-host, Stu.
Beck has even become so enthralled with, and connected to, the show that he felt bold enough to offer Bono and the show's producer some advice -- advice he says ticket holders can expect to see soon. He explains:
Beck's website offers a partial transcript:
So anyway, we went downstairs and somebody is facing me and Julie Taymor comes up and she was the one who did the Lion King and she’s now done this. Brilliant. The producer is there. Brilliant. The guy who did the set is there. Brilliant. All of them, just brilliant. And the guy standing with me, he’s facing me and he’s like, behind you. And so I kind of start to turn and there’s Bono. And he’s just kind of like hanging out, just listening to what we were talking about. And I said, "hey."
Even the Associated Press has picked up on Beck's Spidey love. They published a story today on Beck's rave reviews. Like the New York Times, the AP confirmed that Beck is not an investor in the show -- which is meant to allay fears that Beck's cheering could just be a money-making scheme. It's not. That's better left to rapper 50 Cent.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Spider-Man musical on Broadway has a big-name cheerleader with a big megaphone — Glenn Beck.
The conservative commentator has seen the $65 million "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" twice, and he's giving it glowing reviews both on the air and on his Twitter account.
"This is better than 'Wicked!'" he raved Wednesday on "The Glenn Beck Program," which has an estimated 6 million listeners.
Beck saw the show for the first time Saturday and returned Wednesday, when he gave it a standing ovation. He went backstage to meet director and co-story writer Julie Taymor and U2's Bono and The Edge, who supplied the music.
The show was "even better tonight," he tweeted Wednesday. "This show will rock."
After catching the stunt-heavy musical the first time, Beck called it the 21st-century equivalent of "The Phantom of the Opera" and joked it would be worth donating a kidney to snag a ticket.
"This is history of Broadway being made," he said on the air.
The Fox News personality also mocked theater critics who are grousing about the show, which officially opens Feb. 7 at the Foxwoods Theatre and has been plagued by technical glitches, cancellations, money woes and injuries.
"I mean, you've got two kidneys. Don't give both kidneys up — go see 'Wicked' before you give both kidneys," Beck said. "But give a kidney to go see 'Spider-Man.' I'm telling you, mark my words, it's being panned right now, nobody's saying good stuff about it. I'm telling you, you go buy your ticket — you buy your ticket now, if you're thinking about coming to New York, because when this thing opens and it's starting to run, you will not be able to get tickets to this for a year."
Rick Miramontez, a spokesman for the show, said Beck paid for his tickets and is not an investor.
Beck adopted a fake French accent to mock the "New York elite" and theater purists displeased with the music style of the rock 'n' roll musical. "It's music by Bono! Who is Bono? Of course he does a lot of charity, which I like, I think he was down in Haiti, but he's still rock!"