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 »
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This weekend’s edition of Saturday Night Live featured a sketch which takes aim at the troubled Broadway production Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark.
The law firm of Gublin and Green will represent anyone injured watching or acting in ‘Spider-Man’ on Broadway
If you missed it on Saturday night, you can watch the clip now embedded after the jump.
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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 »
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The behind-the-scenes ups and downs of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark are well-documented and could make a pretty insane story in its own right. But despite all its delays, injuries and money problems, it’s currently the most popular musical on Broadway, grossing $1,588,514 last week playing to full houses even in its huge 1,900 plus seat Foxwoods Theater in Times Square. Oddly enough, the financial success of the show happens as it simultaneously gets slammed both on College Humor and, more importantly, on the cover of The New Yorker.
Staying in the movie musical category, it seems that the Oscar-winning film Once will finally be coming to Broadway this fall. We reported as much back in 2008 so it’s excited to see it finally come to fruition.
See the full Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark New Yorker cover, brand new College Humor video and read more info on Once: The Musical after the break. Read More »
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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 »
The U2/Julie Taymor Spider-Man musical, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, has been running in preview showings for about two weeks now with generally mixed reactions. Most people who’ve seen the show, which wasn’t set to officially open until January 11, agreed it had some major story problems but was visually stunning. For a musical that cost $65 million, even a small problem is bad news so the New York Times is reporting the opening of the show will now be delayed for the fourth time.
Producers feel pushing the opening back to February will “provide more time for the creators to stage a new final number, make further rewrites to the dialogue and consider adding and cutting scenes and perhaps inserting new music from the composers, U2’s Bono and the Edge, who will resume working full-time on the show in late December.” Read more after the jump. Read More »