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"Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark" is not as awful as one is led to believe. It's not awful at all.
It's just not good.
"Spider-Man" is a spectacle, and visually arresting. And therein is the $75 million question: Is it worthy of Broadway if the musical has no show-stoppers, not one great song despite Bono and The Edge, such insipid dancing it's forgotten immediately and a script that neither has dramatic tension nor funny lines?
Sadly, the answer is yes. It's worth it if people are willing to pay for it. This could have a long run judging by the school buses lining up on 42nd Street on the show's official third night Thursday (June 16). Given the name recognition, the unending hype and that everyone knows Spider-Man, it's a fair bet this could go indefinitely.
The show begins with incredible energy, fueled by school kids thrilled to be at The Foxwoods Theatre on a Thursday night. »
Despite some positive reviews, epically troubled musical remains as divisive as ever.
By Eric Ditzian
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
Photo: Don Emmert/ Afp
We're as surprised as anyone that the folks behind have been able to transform their epically troubled musical into a satisfying piece of Broadway entertainment. In January, as news of the show's creative and safety issues turned the then $65 million production into one of the Great White Way's most spectacular disasters, we admitted that while there were some enjoyable aspects, you were better off popping in a DVD of a Tobey Maguire "Spider-Man" flick than trekking to New York to see the musical.
What a difference a few months — and a new creative team — makes. Out went Julie Taymor, in came writers like comics vet Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, and the results are just what the web-slinging wonderboy needed. We're not the only ones who feel that way. »
HollywoodNews.com: “Spider Man: Turn off the Dark” will shut down for four weeks, from April 19th to May 11, for retooling. Performances will resume on May 12th. A new opening night (maybe you never know…) is set for June 14th, two days after the Tony Awards.
The show will not be eligible for the Tonys, which is too bad for Patrick Page, who plays the Green Goblin so well. Julie Taymor remains a mystery credit wise. A press release says she will not be with the show on a day to day basis. Right now performances will continue through April 17th. Will the show come back with the same cast? Who knows? I sure hope that Jennifer Damiano, TV Carpio, Patrick Page and Michael Mulheren all return. It could very well be that Reeve Carney leaves, but the answer, like so much of “Spider Man” remains hanging in the air. »
- Roger Friedman
HollywoodNews.com: Well, well. “Spider Man: Turn off the Dark” has actually improved. I saw it on Friday night, and there were no glitches or stops of any kind. The flying and all the special effects were absolutely thrilling. After about 100 performances, the aerialists actually seem comfortable and are having fun with the show.
Of course, past mistakes led to yesterday’s three fines from Osha amounting to $12,500 apiece. But those fines were for old business. “Spider Man” now looks like it never had a problem. And now it has an actual ending–a pretty cool one, in fact, that brings the audience to their feet. The ending is going to be a big deal because it’s what people remember about a show.
Let’s face it: “Spider Man” has a weak book. That is never going to change drastically, although there have been lots of tweaks, »
- Roger Friedman
4 items from 2011
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