'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' reportedly nixes Geek Chorus


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The “Geek Chorus” in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has reportedly been cut from the show, according to the New York Times. The four-person group — modeled after the chorus in classical Greek drama — consisted of three comic geeks and a young woman who explained plot points in the musical. The chorus was widely panned by critics, leading some to predict its removal after the departure of ex-director Julie Taymor earlier this month. “The production will not comment on any substantive changes to the show,” said spokesperson Rick Miramontez in a statement.

The $65 million Spider-Man will go on hiatus beginning April 18 and is expected to undergo a drastic overhaul before reopening on May 12. On March 22, the production faced another setback when T.V. Carpio, the actress who took over the role of Arachne after Natalie Mendoza was injured, was forced to leave the show due to an injury sustained during a performance.

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  • Geo

    Well, that’s one improvement in the right direction, with about 1,284 more to go.

  • Andre

    Know when to walk away…know when to run.

    Time to consider folding and taking lessons from this endeavour.

  • Cait

    Stop trying to make this happen!

  • Psac

    I was hoping some of them would get mauled in a stage mishap of some sort. No such luck. This change is a good thing.

  • vincenoir

    A friend of mine is a member of the geek chorus and he has worked incredibly hard (for about 2 years thank you very much) to give the best performance for all of you seeing it. It’s incredibly disrespectful to wish the geek chorus harm or insult their roles in any way. They’re young actors trying to their best and now after having given up so much to strive in this production they have been cut. Show some sensitivity please.

    • kagato23

      While I’m sure your friend was a hardworking talented individual, they were in a horrible horrible role.

      The geek chorus as presented made the entire story metafiction. It was 4 dopes sitting around making the story (The female in the chorus even admits she’s making up original characters).

      Even if the focus isn’t on them, what that means is that this isn’t a story about spiderman, it’s a story about people making up a story about spiderman. And that’s bad.

      Your friend was in a bad role that needed to be cut. For what it’s worth, I hope he finds better work in better scripts in the future.

  • A

    GOOD! I watched the show and it definitely was not working… but I think the show is beyond fixing unless the whole plot is rewritten.

  • ahlena

    my little brother he is three years old and he loves spider-man

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