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 »
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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 »
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? READ FULL STORY »