'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' cast performs on Letterman

Tickets for a preview performance of Broadway’s endlessly delayed, accident-riddled, critically savaged, ever-changing Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark are still going for upwards of $275. But Late Show viewers got a free peek at the show last night, when cast members Reeve Carney (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), T.V. Carpio (the villainess Arachne), and Jennifer Damiano (Mary Jane) stopped by Letterman’s set to sing “Rise Above,” one of the numbers penned for the show by U2’s Bono and the Edge. Taken out of its context from the story — the song comes right after the death of Peter’s beloved Uncle Ben — the performance came off as a strangely angsty advertisement for the musical, whose TV ads have mostly spotlighted high-stakes acrobatics and surreal set pieces. Check out the clip below, and then let us know: Does it make you want to see the musical? 

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  • KS

    Not so much, no.

  • Chris


  • wendeeloo

    Their voices are so unimpressive – The second girl who sang was so flat!

    • Andre

      I don’t think you know what that means, because none of them were off. It was simply a horridly boring song.

    • Caryn

      I saw this on broadway and it is a great show. Reeve Carney will blow you away. This may not have been the best choice but it showcases three singers instead of one. I don’t understand why this musical is getting so much bad press. I realize actors have been injured, but it is very entertaining and a great show for all ages.

      • Jess

        I know! I saw it too it it was quite good. I feel like people are going in expecting it to be musically equivalent to shows like Wicked when it’s Spiderman. It’s strong point is action, and that alone is enough to have me dying to see it again. Plus, some of the songs really are good.

  • jack

    lol well it looks alright but why not a fun song for advertising?

  • CalebT

    What are these haters talking about? This looks incredible. It’s always looked incredible. I’d give my 275 left arm to see it.

  • jay

    Oh dear, that does not bode very well for the show…

  • meek

    I thought it would be lame, but I actually liked it!

  • Quirky

    I like the song. The whole time I listened I pictured Bono singing it instead. Don’t like these three singers though.

  • Helena

    Why don’t they just change the title to “Spider-Man: Pull Out The Plug”? They’ve rewritten everything else in the show.

  • C

    Ha! I like how they didn’t attempt to perform a scene with any stunts whatsoever. If somebody had wiped out that video would have been a viral hit so fast.

  • Kay

    Not the best song to showcase. It’s tough if you’re not Bono. I’ve heard all 3 of them sing before and I know they can sound better.

  • Lisa H

    It’s a shame bc Jennifer Damiano–the second girl who sang–actually has an incredible voice! I saw her in Next to Normal and Spring Awakening. But she does not sound very good here! I hope this isn’t what they always sound like bc none of them sounded great. but I liked the song!

  • TJ

    Im sorry…..but I liked it!

  • Major

    Where can I get that jacket?

  • sam

    The song and the performances were terrible. I was really disappointed and I would not want to see the show.

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