After months upon months of preparation, rehearsal, previews, and epically bad press, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is finally opening on Broadway tonight. Reviews (including EW’s — read it here) appear to be roughly 50 percent less scalding than the acid-tipped notices of the incomplete version of the show that hit last February, but you’ll still be hard-pressed to find anything close to a rave not penned by Glenn Beck. Still, the show is finally, officially finished, and finally, officially open for business. So can we just cool it with the Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark jokes for a while?
I mean, even Sesame Street debuted a parody of the Spidey musical this week, in which Grover, playing the lead role of SpiderMonster, repeatedly falls upon a poor, mustachioed patron. I’m loathe to criticize anything Sesame Street does lest I squelch what is left of my childhood heart, but watching this clip (which you can as well, below), just made me sigh, not laugh (or even smirk). I mean, look, this show has been roasted on not one, but two successive Tony Awards. Even The New Yorker got in on the Spidey-bashing action. We get it. Actors keep getting stuck (or worse), and Bono doesn’t know what he’s doing, and it’s sensationally expensive, and still not really that good. That poor horse is dead, and has been for quite some time.
Or maybe there is plenty of humor still to be mined from the show and I’m just not seeing it. Check out the Sesame Street clip below, and then tell me — are Spider-Man musical jokes so over?