To celebrate the end of "Amazing Spider-Man" the cast of Broadway's "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark" took some time at the end of a recent performance to pay tribute to its comic book roots by asking the crowd to give Peter Parker a big "THANK YOU" for 50 years of wonderful stories because as Robert Cuccioli (The Green Goblin) says: "'Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark' would not be here today - obviously - without the comic books to inspire us." So take a bow, Peter Parker!

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If you've been waiting to get out and see "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark" on Broadway, now is the time because we've got some exclusive discount codes for tickets for a bunch of upcoming performances.

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Save the date for some Broadway web-slinging/singing because we're giving away 2 tickets to an upcoming performance of "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark"!

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Wanna catch Spidey slinging webs across the boards on the Great White Way? Well MTV Geek has got ya covered with our latest Twitter Giveaway!

One lucky retweeter can nab two tickets to see Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark on Broadway during the month of SEPTEMBER on a WEEKDAY performance.

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Will a "Marvel Monster Trucks Live" show be a reality? Marvel.com has the info:

"We, here at the House of Ideas, have a question for you: WHAT IF Marvel created the greatest Marvel live event of all time with the MARVEL MONSTER TRUCKS LIVE show at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium in July of 2012?

Imagine Marvel Super Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Spider-Man and Wolverine roaring to life as carnage-causing 10,000 lb monster trucks!"

It might be the best mix between comics and technology since the iPad!
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When you think of comic books and theater, you think of two similar, yet highly fractious groups of nerds and geeks, both totally into their own disciplines, with no patience or respect for the other, right? Okay, that may just be me. But imagined separation or not, the wall between the two has slowly been breaking down, from live comic book talk shows on both coasts, to a big budget Spider-Man musical, to, er, three other Spider-Man Musicals.

But the biggest theater/comics collabo is yet to come, as this Summer, the Brooklyn based theater company The Brick will present an entire Comic Book Theater Festival. To find out what the heck is going on, we chatted with Jeff Lewonczyk. The Brick’s head comic geek. Oh, and threw our own hat into the ring, while we were at it:

MTV Geek: Tell us a little about the comic book theater festival. First, how’d the idea come about?

Jeff Lewonczyk: Well, we’re all geeks at The Brick, and we also have a history of producing themed festivals, so in a sense it was inevitable. It all started on a lark with a The Hell Festival in 2004 – a tongue-in-cheek concatenation of infernal-themed shows – at which point we realized that a festival is a great way to cram as many artists into our small space during a single month as possible.

We’ve done summer festivals broad satirical themes (e.g., the Moral Values Festival, the Pretentious Festival, etc.), other annual festivals highlighting a specific genre or discipline within theater (the New York Clown Theatre Festival and Fight Fest, devoted to stage combat) – and, most recently, a performance series called Game Play, which presents shows based around video game themes.

This last one has proven to be a particular success, both as a reflection of The Brick’s unique pop-meets-profound chemistry and with the gaming community at large. There seems to be a hunger these days for work that explores roots or themes dear to geeks, and, since we love work like that, the circumstances just seemed fortuitous. Read More...

There was a time when a musical version of everyone’s favorite web slinger seemed like a far off possibility, a joke maybe even. But this month, New York audiences can not only enjoy the Broadway stylings of Julie Taymor, Bono, and the Edge, in the eternally in previews Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark (the latest happenings of which you can read on MTV Splash Page); but also The Spidey Project, which seeks to spend $0 to the Broadway version’s $65 million, and open one day before Turn Off The Dark; Spidermann, a transplant from Seattle which will open two days before Turn Off The Dark; and a fourth, mystery show.

No, we’re not joking.

To find out more about exactly what’s going on, we chatted with John Osebold from the theatrical band Awesome – and one of the creators of Spidermann – as well as Justin Moran, the brains behind The Spidey Project.

MTV Geek: So you're doing a Spider-Man musical... What's the big idea, huh?

Justin Moran: More appropriately: “what’s the small idea?” The idea behind The Spidey Project is to show people that bigger isn’t always better, and good theater can be created with little to no resources as long as you have the passion.  While not only Spider-Man fans but ridiculous musical theater fans too, it became increasingly frustrating to see Turn Off the Dark get as much money as it did only to be delayed so many times because the focus was on the spectacle rather than the story.  The hope behind what we're doing is to have people think “Wouldn’t it be better to have sixty-five different one million dollar musicals that open and are good and creative and forward theater in interesting ways, rather than one sixty-five million dollar musical that can’t get off the ground?”

John Osebold: Since the biggest musical in history is being made, its tiny, scrappy, art house opposite should also exist.

Geek: At what point did the idea come to you for this? Have you always wanted to do a Spider-Man musical, or was it after Turn Off the Dark was delayed for the umpteenth time?

JM: The idea came after the last round of delays was announced for Turn off the Dark. While I love Spider-Man, I had never planned to make a musical in that vein.  But it was frustrating to watch the resources poured into one show, that could have easily supported several shows for an entire season.  My first thought was “how could they be having THAT much trouble telling this story?” I’m the kind of person that hates to criticize someone else’s work if I don’t know what they’re trying to do, and assuming that is ‘to create a musical’ I figured I’d put my money (which happens to be zero dollars) where my mouth is.

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Today is a high-holy day for Geekdom, as Screech from "Saved By The Bell" was born on this very day. Before there was Sheldon on "Big Bang Theory," before there was McLovin, there was Samuel "Screech" Powers. Maybe not the most evolved portrayal of a nerd ever conceived, but I loved his late-80s/early 90s colorful geometric shirt patterns, and I could tolerate him a little bit more than Urkel.

On This Day In Geek History: "SAVED BY THE BELL'S" DUSTIN DIAMOND BORN IN 1977. IS THERE ANYTHING MORE TO SAY?!

Uh, apparently yes. Also on this day in Geek history: Two of the first adventure comic strips, "Buck Rogers" and "Tarzan," debut (1929); another classic strip, "Flash Gordon," debuts (1934); soon-to-be Hawkeye Jeremy Renner born (1971)

An upcoming episode of "Batman: The Brave and the Bold" will be written by Paul Dini and be called "Bat-Mite Presents: Batman’s Strangest Cases!" "Batboy and Rubin," from the classic MAD magazine parody, will apparently make an appearance in the episode, based on the art below (DC Comics Blog):

 

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