'Spider-Man' asks Broadway critics to wait again -- EXCLUSIVE

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Now that Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is back up and running after a three-week hiatus, the show is going to have to face some of the same theater critics who panned it in February — but perhaps not just yet. The $65 million musical’s producers are asking critics to withhold reviews of the revamped production until its new official opening date of June 14. “We have made it very clear that we are inviting critics to attend just ahead of the June 14 opening night date, once the show is frozen,” said spokesman Rick Miramontez in an exclusive statement to EW. “Everyone at Spider-Man is delighted that the critics remain so excited and anxious about this production, but we implore them to exercise some degree of restraint over the next few, short weeks leading up to opening night.”

In February, a third opening-night postponement prompted some of the nation’s top news outlets to run reviews of the accident-plagued musical, with some claiming the show was purposefully trying to evade critics by remaining in previews indefinitely. At least one newspaper, The Kansas City Star, has already run an advance pseudo-review of the retooled show.

Read more:
‘Spider-Man’ reboots on Broadway: What did they change?
Julie Taymor breaks silence on ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’
‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’: Which review is the harshest?

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  • banana

    The Kansas City Star? Yeah, b/c that just screams Broadway!!

    • Tom

      What is your point? The critic traveled to Broadway and watched the show (he liked it). What does his being from Kansas have to do with anything? Should people from Kansas not go see the show? What are you on?

      • Emma

        I agree. A review took the trouble to go and see it, it only makes sense for him to run the column. The only thing producers have a right to claim is that there may be many changes between the show reviewed and the one every one will go see.

      • pietime

        No one should see this show.

      • werenotinkansas

        You tell him Tom. I always check the Kansas City Star first for Broadway show reviews because I’m sure they attract the top flight talent, what with their enormous budget and subscriber base.

      • D’s Advocate

        The Kansas City Star is one of the top 30 newspapers in the US by circulation, and has won 8 Pulitzers. I’d say that they are a valid enough news source to run a review of a Broadway musical.

  • Psac

    The original was a BAD show with very good elements. If they purged all the bad cr@p, it might be a good show after all.

    • orNot

      We saw it – it is SOOOO bad

  • Molly

    I hear the revamped show is much better than the original show. I hope so. I want this show to succeed.

  • Oh come on.

    This is getting ridiculous. It’s highly unlikely that the show has improved enough to turn a bad review into anything more than a marginally good one—which is certainly no reason for people to plop down hundreds of dollars for tickets. Most of the theatre-goers have already seen it merely for the spectacle and the drama that surround putting ON the show, not the spectacle and drama IN the show. So quit pretending you’ve made it into some work of art—and let the damn critics do their job. You’ve had plenty of time to do yours.

    • John

      You don’t know what you’re talking about.

  • Sara

    FYI – the Kansas City Star is based out of Missouri, not Kansas.

    • mmmhmm

      Oh, that’s much better

  • JJ

    It’s not the critics fault they vocally called out Spider-Man for it’s shortcomings and story challenges painfully obvious to anyone except Julie Taymor. Bono and The Edge need to know that their songs dont’ resonate with audiences.

  • Brett

    Did they get rid of the Arachne character? If not, critics, feel free to simply reprint your previous reviews.

    • WT

      They didn’t get rid of Arachne. But they diminished her role. She’s no longer the lead villain. The Green Goblin is.

  • tiavro

    I went and saw the show back in March, and I actually really enjoyed, as did the rest of the audience (who gave a standing O at the end). I think the critics are being really unfair to it and honestly their critiques did not seem to correlate with the audience’s clearly pleased reaction. I hope this show succeeds. It wasn’t bad in the first place, and I’m sure it won’t be bad now. Good luck to it.

  • RobNJ

    If you want to spend your money wisely on B’Way go see “The Book of Mormon.”

  • kevininphx

    I’ll be furious is this opening turns into an anticlimatic “it’s OK.” Come on, after all this, I’m dying to see scathing reviews.

  • Brandon

    Saw it last night and was actually pleasantly surprised. At intermission I wasn’t sure how I was feeling about it, but the second act is breathtaking. Best musical ever? Certainly not, but it’s worth it to see just for the spectacle. That stage and the aerial feats are awesome, I want to see it again. My biggest criticism – the music, especially in the first half. However, the voices themselves are excellent, and I was actually really impressed with Reeve Carney.

    • emt

      Bono? Is that you?

  • Blair Brown

    No.

  • jrb45

    My wife and I saw this show on Sunday, I wasn’t expecting much. Spiderman was Amazing.

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