Glenn Beck is no fan of bloated budgets and out-of-control spending--except, it seems, when they result in a Broadway show for the ages. How else to explain his enthusiastic praise for Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark, despite a troubled $65 production history and well-documented dropping-actors-from-the-sky problem.

None of this seemed to faze Beck as he recounted the experience of seeing the production--still in previews--on his radio show Wednesday.

This is better than Wicked!...After you couldn’t get a ticket to Spider-Man and you’ve offered a kidney for it, go see Wicked. I mean, you’ve got two kidneys. Don’t give both kidneys up — go see Wicked before you give both kidneys. 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. This is one of those shows, this is the Phantom [of the Opera] of the 21st century. This is history of Broadway being made. I sat next to the casting director, by chance, and I said, ‘You, sir, are part of history.’
In a faux French accent, Beck confusingly attributed the show's toxic buzz to French snobs pining for the golden age of the American musical. "'Well, it’s not, well this isn’t theater!" declared Beck's hypothetical French Rodgers & Hammerstein-phile.  "'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!'"

(Major H/T to Patrick Healy at The New York Times)