SPIDER-MAN, Green Day, and Alex Trebek. It's All Here Today.

spidey-idiot-trebeckYesterday my iPhone decided to take control of Turn-Back-Thursday by putting my playlist into New York City, 2010. Broadway to be precise. Show tunes from that year replaced the Stones, Bruce, and The Who as the soundtrack of my late morning workout.

But those shows had a definite connection to rock'n'roll. First came the song "Rise Above."  Remember it? I doubt that you do. It was one of the songs written by my buddies Bono and The Edge for the musical SPIDER-MAN-Turn Off the Dark. That show was going to be the "swingiest" on Broadway. Barb and I had tickets for October of 2010...but it was not to be.

The show had problem after problem, financial and technical. The official opening kept getting pushed back and back and back, and the performance we were scheduled to see was one of the many cancellations. We wound up seeing "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" instead. It came highly recommended, had a great cast (Sherie Rene Scott, Patti LuPone, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Laura Benanti,) and was thoroughly awful.

Barb and I never saw SPIDER-MAN, though Laury, who at the time was teaching in New York City, saw the show several times with her students. The only remnant I have is "Rise Above," jostling for a place on the iPhone with some 100 real U2 songs.

When my iPhone was done with Spidey, it swung into a series of songs from a rocking Broadway show that we DID see in 2010, American Idiot. Based mostly on Green Day's album of the same name, and featuring the title track,  plus "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," "21 Guns," "Holiday," and many more, the show was bright, loud and louder. The music director funneling the Green Day material into the theater was Tom Kitt, who at the time was also busy at the time winning heaps of awards for Next to Normal.

On occasion, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong goosed the Idiot box office by performing in the role of St. Jimmy, though Barb and I were not fortunate enough to see one of those shows.  Maybe that's where The Boss got the idea for Springsteen on Broadway, another show we passed on seeing.

After Idiot my playlist went back to its regularly scheduled selection of Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac, and the Moody Blues. No more show biz memories for the day.

In other news, my thoughts go out to Alex Trebek. As my family knows, pancreatic cancer is a terrible disease. I am sure Alex will have the most advanced of medical care and will fight with all he has. For the record, my application to become Jeopardy! host was made a while ago when the rumor was that Mr. Trebek would be retiring. I would hate to take over because of his illness, but SONY, I am still available. Just give me a buzz.

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