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Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

Songs by Bono and the Edge


The beginning of the cast recording for Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark-the Broadway musical featuring songs by Bono and the Edge, which, as of press time, was finally scheduled to have its official opening June 14 after all the hullabaloo-echoes the start of “In God’s Country.” But that’s about where any evocation of The Joshua Tree ends for those hoping for that classic U2 sound. Considering the high-flying expectations, it’s as if Bono and the Edge have lost their songwriting superpowers. How else to explain a limp rocker like “Bouncing off the Walls”-led by the show’s star Reeve Carney, frontman of the band Carney-or an unmemorable ballad like “No More”? Still, there are bright moments, like the Bowie-esque “Boy Falls from the Sky” (the only number with music credited to U2) and two versions of the soaring “Rise Above”-one blessed with vocals by Bono himself.

Jackie Evancho

Dream with Me |


It’s surely a dream come true for 11-year-old Jackie Evancho-who rose to fame while finishing second on America’s Got Talent last year-when she gets to sing with Barbra Streisand on a rendition of “Somewhere.” That she holds her own with Babs says a lot about her prodigious talents. On another duet, “A Mother’s Prayer,” the soprano outclasses another TV talent-show sensation: Susan Boyle. With David Foster producing her full-length debut, this little lady is clearly in the big leagues.