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Even Sesame Street is poking fun at 'Spider-Man' musical. Has this show suffered enough?

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. READ FULL STORY

Bono and the Edge talk 'Spider-Man' troubles

Promoting tonight’s official opening of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark – the long-delayed, $70 million musical –  composers Bono and the Edge talked openly with The New York Times about the troubles that turned their show into one of the most notorious productions in Broadway history. In an interview with Patrick Healy, the U2 band mates reveal that original director Julie Taymor exited after refusing a simpler script referred to as “Plan X.” READ FULL STORY

At long last, 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' is a 'frozen' show

In anticipation of its official, no-really-we-mean-it-this-time opening night this Tuesday, June 14, the long-delayed, much-beleaguered Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is officially a “frozen” show, according to a New York Times report. That means no more changes — to lyrics, choreography, etc. — after a record-setting 177 preview performances.  READ FULL STORY

Bono on 'Spider-Man' musical: 'We were way out of our depths'

Shrill. Insipid. Flop. Worst ever. “What is Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark?” Ding-ding-ding. Correct. That is how critics received previews of the accident-plagued $70 million Broadway musical, which finally opens up on June 14 after a significant makeover that did not include its original co-writer/director Julie Taymor. But those unflattering assessments were nothing that its music and lyrics team, U2′s Bono and The Edge, weren’t whispering to each other. “That’s the sort of stuff we were saying backstage,” Bono tells Nightline‘s Cynthia McFadden in an interview that will air tonight. “It might have been a little hard for some other people around here to take that, but we don’t disagree with the New York Times.” READ FULL STORY

'Spider-Man' draws Broadway crowds after reboot

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is once again a top competitor at the Broadway box office. Since re-opening on Thursday after a three and a half week hiatus, the newly remodeled show has grossed $809,941, making it the week’s twelfth highest earner — despite the fact that it skipped Tuesday and Wednesday night performances. Before its self-imposed break, Spider-Man was reliably earning upwards of $1.3 million a week despite cold reviews, vying with Wicked for the top spot.

Read more:
‘Spider-Man’ reboots on Broadway: What did they change?
‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’: Director Julie Taymor leaving day-to-day duties, Bono and The Edge writing new music
‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’: Which review is the harshest?

'Spider-Man' reboots on Broadway: What did they change?

Will the new Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark fly with Broadway crowds and critics? That was the question last night when the show swung back into the Foxwoods Theatre for its first preview performance after a three-week hiatus. (Opening night is now set for June 14.) Since its debut last fall, the $65 million-plus musical has become a pop culture punchline thanks to a series of cast injuries, technical malfunctions, and production delays — not to mention a some of the most scathing reviews in Broadway history. Then, in an unprecedented move last month, producers shut down the show for retooling following the departure of original director Julie Taymor. Composers Bono and the Edge remained on the creative team, bringing in director Philip McKinley and writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa to help reconfigure the production.

So what’s different about the show now? Plenty. READ FULL STORY

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

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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Another ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ actor sidelined due to injury
‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’: Director Julie Taymor leaving day-to-day duties
‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ faces sixth delay and possible exit of director Julie Taymor: Report
Julie Taymor breaks silence on ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’
‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ cast performs on Letterman
‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’: Which review is the harshest?
‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ actress says ‘major changes’ are under way — EXCLUSIVE

Another 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' actor sidelined due to injury

Another day, another piece of bad news for Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Producers announced today that actress T.V. Carpio, who plays the enigmatic villainess Arachne, was sidelined from the show for two weeks after an onstage injury during the March 16 performance. She has been replaced by America Olivo. Carpio herself was a replacement for the original actress playing Arachne, Natalie Mendoza, who withdrew from the show after sustaining a concussion in November. The nature of Carpio’s injury was not immediately known.

Read more:
‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’: Director Julie Taymor leaving day-to-day duties
‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ faces sixth delay and possible exit of director Julie Taymor: Report
Julie Taymor breaks silence on ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’
‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ cast performs on Letterman
‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’: Which review is the harshest?
‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ actress says ‘major changes’ are under way — EXCLUSIVE

'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' sets new premiere date

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has set a new date to turn its lights back on: The troubled Broadway musical announced today that it will officially open June 14. But bad news for those who hoped to see the show this spring — performances scheduled between April 19 and May 11 have been canceled in order for the musical to rehearse the $65 million show’s revisions, which will be implemented with the help of The Boy From Oz director Philip William McKinley and Spider-Man comic book writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. (Director Julie Taymor is no longer in charge of day-to-day directorial duties; Bono and The Edge also plan on writing additional songs to the show.) Previews for the show will resume May 12 at Broadway’s Foxwoods Theatre.

Read more:
‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’: Director Julie Taymor leaving day-to-day duties
‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ faces sixth delay and possible exit of director Julie Taymor: Report
Julie Taymor breaks silence on ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’
‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ cast performs on Letterman
‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’: Which review is the harshest?

'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark': Director Julie Taymor leaving day-to-day duties, Bono and The Edge writing new music

Spider-man-Broadway-TaymorImage Credit: Joan MarcusAfter days of reports speculating on the fate of the embattled Broadway production of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, the show’s producers Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris officially announced today that Julie Taymor will no longer be continuing her day-to-day duties as the director and co-book writer. The $65 million show will under go “significant” revisions, and the opening night has been pushed from March 15 to a non-specified date in “early summer, 2011.” As such, the producers stated that “Julie’s previous commitments mean that past March 15th, she cannot work the 24/7 [schedule] necessary to make the changes in the production in order to be ready for our opening.” Cohl and Harris are clear, however, that Taymor “is not leaving the creative team.” READ FULL STORY

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