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For the sixth time, Spider-Man will be missing his cue. On Friday, producers officially announced that their now infamous musical, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, would be shut down from April 19-May 11 before reopening with all eyes set on a new opening date of June 14, a three-month delay. This is the culmination of several weeks of rumors and whisperings surrounding new creative voices influencing the show as well as the recent departure of director Julie Taymor, who had been working on Spider-Man for the better part of the decade. According to a press release, the delay is to rehearse and insert “significant and exciting revisions” into the show. Read more after the break. Read More »
What a strange beast Julie Taymor‘s Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has become. Despite scathing reviews and the negative publicity from injuries suffered by cast members, the show is doing huge business even as the official opening date has been pushed multiple times.
We’d heard recently that the show’s book might be reworked by a new writer (Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who has written Spider-Man for Marvel) and that additional work was being done on the music and other aspects. but now it seems that more drastic measures could be undertaken. The New York Times reports that the show’s producers are talking with Julie Taymor and music writers Bono and The Edge about extensive overhauls to all the major aspects of the show. One option going forward may be that Julie Taymor steps down as director. Read More »
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After the critical bashing endured by the yet-to-open $65 million musical Spider-Man: Turn of the Dark, the changes began happening quickly. According to the New York Times Broadway vet Paul Bogaev has just been hired to “help improve the performance, vocal and orchestration arrangements,” Bono and the Edge are currently writing new music and producers are talking to, but have not yet hired, veteran Spider-Man writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa to re-work some of the book (Broadway speak for “script”). However, contrary to reports, the production has not hired a new director. And don’t forget all of this is going down just three weeks before the show’s fifth scheduled opening on March 15.
Also, in almost the biggest slap in the face yet, humorist and playwright Justin Moran has launched the Spider-Man Smackdown, an initiative to write, choreograph, compose and perform a Spider-Man musical for nothing and open it a day before Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark. Read details about all of this after the break. Read More »
The Julie Taymor show Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is the most expensive Broadway production of all time, and one of the most troubled. It has been delayed multiple times, beset by injuries and subsequent investigations and union issues, and met with a scathing critical response. And yet, because reason rarely triumphs over curiosity, tickets are selling like crazy. The official opening date has been pushed back to March 15, and now in the three weeks before that date producers have reportedly hired Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa to rewrite the book originally created by Julie Taymor and Glen Berger. Read More »
With a traditional Broadway show, critics hold their reviews until the show officially opens. They let the production iron out all the kinks during preview performances and then, once the show is ready to officially open, critics can have at it. But nothing has been traditional about Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. Several delays, injuries, a ballooning budget and more have made it into the most infamous show to ever open on Broadway. The show has now had about two months worth of previews and though the official opening isn’t scheduled to happen until March 15, the critics have all banded together to run their reviews to coincide with the original opening of February 7. And these reviews are beyond scathing. An example:
The sheer ineptitude of this show, inspired by the Spider-Man comic books, loses its shock value early. After 15 or 20 minutes, the central question you keep asking yourself is likely to change from ‘How can $65 million look so cheap?’ to ‘How long before I’m out of here?’
Ouch. Read more excerpts, and see a video montage, after the jump. Read More »
I hope someone is building an appropriately detailed scorecard for Julie Taymor‘s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, aka the Most Expensive Broadway Production Ever. The show has been delayed, rewritten, gone over budget, and seen far more than the usual share of injuries. Now, the most recent injury, which was endured mid-performance by Christopher Tierney, may be a factor in the departure of Natalie Mendoza, who was also injured during a performance.
Ms. Mendoza played Arachne, the new villainess created for the show by Julie Taymor, and for the last couple weeks has worked through the aftereffects of a concussion caused by an accident in the show’s first preview performance. Her last performance was on December 20, and she will likely be replaced by understudy America Olivo. Perhaps not coincidentally, December 20 was the same day that a line holding Christopher Tierney broke, causing the actor to fall and suffer “a hairline fracture in his skull, a broken scapula, a broken bone close to his elbow, four broken ribs, a bruised lung and three fractured vertebrae.” [NYT]
If you missed it in the week before Christmas, hit the jump to see the great Taiwanese TV recreation of the disasters befalling Broadway’s Spider-Man. Read More »