PopWatch Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch Blog

Tag: Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (41-49 of 49)

The New Yorker spoofs 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark'

Looks like Spider-Man might be adding New Yorker mascot Eustace Tilley to his list of arch-enemies: The magazine’s Jan. 17 cover features a cartoon skewering the seemingly jinxed Broadway show Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. The drawing imagines a hospital wing populated by convalescing Spideys — presumably inspired by the mishaps that have injured multiple Spider-Man castmembers over the past few months, most notably Christopher Tierney, the dancer who fractured his skull and several vertebrae in a terrifying on-stage fall that became a highly watched YouTube video. Of course, the cartoon — drawn by Barry Blitt, the artist behind the infamous Obama fist-bump New Yorker cover, which was parodied by EW in 2008 — is as much a compliment as a taunt. While it mocks Spider-Man‘s misfortune, it also proves that the musical has become part of the nation’s cultural conversation, a rare feat for a Broadway show. READ FULL STORY

'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' exclusive: Producer says injured actor can rejoin the show 'anytime he wants'

Spider-man-Broadway-TierneyImage Credit: Jacob CohlNow that dancer-stuntman Christopher Tierney is on the mend after suffering fractures of his skull, ribs, and vertebrae in an accident at a Dec. 20 performance of Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, producer Michael Cohl tells EW exclusively that Tierney is welcome back on the show whenever he’s ready. “Absolutely, there’s always a spot for him any time he wants,” says Cohl, who remains hopeful that the show will be accident free by its Feb. 7 official debut.

Cohl also admits that Tierney’s injury and departure made an impact on the entire cast and crew. “It definitely had an effect on all of us. You always feel for anyone who’s injured, especially Chris, who’s such a great guy,” he says. “You have to steel yourself and understand what we’re doing and move forward.”

More Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark:
‘Spider-Man’ stuntman set to be released from rehab center

‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ exclusive: Bono and The Edge will be in NYC next week to attend all preview performances
‘Spider-Man’ stunt double injured after crashing to stage

'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' exclusive: Bono and The Edge will be in NYC next week to attend all preview performances

Bono-Edge-Spiderman_320.jpg Image Credit: Insidefoto; Jill Bednar; Beth Wagner (All PR Photos)Audiences at next week’s previews of Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark might spot a few familiar faces in the theater — namely director Julie Taymor and U2 rock legends Bono and The Edge, who wrote the show’s score. “Julie and Bono and Edge…will be in the theater next week and for all of the preview performances leading up to the opening night working on the show,” production spokesman Rick Miramontez tells EW exclusively. The creative team is assembling to continue the fine-tuning process as the show heads toward its new official opening date of Feb. 7, 2011. Miramontez confirms that the show will undergo changes, though he declines to specify any particular tweaks. (Unconfirmed reports have identified the show’s music and second act as target areas.)

Miramontez also spoke out against the early critiques of the show that have surfaced in a few news outlets earlier this week. “I think it’s disrespectful, especially to Julie Taymor,” he says. “And that’s what makes all of us crazy.” Despite the Dec. 20 accident that sent stunt actor Christopher Tierney to the hospital and forced the cancellation of several performances, Miramontez says both cast and crew remain enthusiastic. “They’re very upbeat. I think they were extremely proud to have given the performance they did when they came back last Thursday. If anything, this has created a [sense of] solidarity.”

More Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark:
‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark': The first (unofficial) reviews are in
‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ loses a lead actress: report
Exclusive: ‘Spider-Man’ musical’s new opening date set for Feb. 7

‘Spider-Man’ stunt double injured after crashing to stage

'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark': The first (unofficial) reviews are in

spider-man-turn-off-darkWith buzz about the troubled Broadway production Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark reaching a fever pitch online, a few news outlets have decided to publish unofficial early reviews of the show more than a month before its current slated opening on Feb. 7. Breaking a longstanding tradition of withholding judgment until opening night, the critics for Bloomberg news service and Newsday have both posted quasi-critiques of the show — and neither paints a flattering picture.

Jeremy Gerard of Bloomsberg (who paid $292.50 for an orchestra seat) calls the musical “an unfocused hodge-podge of story-telling, myth-making and spectacle that comes up short in every department.” He also blasts the “incoherently executed” character Arachne, a new villain invented by director Julie Taymor. READ FULL STORY

Exclusive: 'Spider-Man' musical's new opening date set for Feb. 7

spider-man-turn-off-darkThe unconfirmed reports that big-budget Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark will push back its opening night are indeed true, and EW has exclusively learned that the new opening night is now set for Feb. 7. “The creative team is implementing truly exciting changes throughout the preview process,” said producer Michael Cohl. “Due to some unforeseeable setbacks, most notably the injury of a principal cast member, it has become clear that we need to give the team more time to fully execute their vision. Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is an extremely ambitious undertaking, as everyone knows, and I have no intention of cutting a single corner in getting to the finish line.” The much-delayed show, which has been in previews since Nov. 18, had most recently been slated to open Jan. 11.

'Spider-Man' producer Michael Cohl on last night's messy preview: 'It went much better than I expected.'

Spiderman-Turn-out-the-LightThe much-anticipated, much-delayed stage spectacle Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark held its first public performance last night at NYC’s Foxwoods Theater on 42nd St., and — as you could have guessed, judging from the years-long development of the most expensive musical in Broadway history — there were a few problems. Reports indicate that the $65 million show started 24 minutes late, stopped at least four times in the first act due to technical snags with several of the aerial stunts, and ran more than three hours long. (On the plus side, it also garnered a mostly favorable piece on last night’s 60 Minutes.)

The show, directed by Tony winner Julie Taymor (The Lion King) and featuring the music of U2’s Bono and The Edge, is clearly going through a very public birthing process before its official Jan. 11 opening. “It went much better last night than expected,” says producer Michael Cohl, a former Live Nation executive who’s worked on concert tours with the Rolling Stones and U2 and produced stage shows from Spamalot to La Cage aux Folles. “As far as the show is concerned, I’m ecstatic. We came within just inches of getting through the entire second half without a stop. In your first preview, I think that’s quite extraordinary. It is a preview. It is a look inside the process of creating what will be the final live show, and that show will be shown to the world on Jan. 11. Last night was by no means an opening.”

The show doesn’t have another public performance until this coming Wednesday, Dec. 1. So how will the producers fix the show’s problems? READ FULL STORY

'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark': New video features Bono, Julie Taymor, gorgeous-looking nonsense

A new behind-the-scenes video for Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has just hit the internet. If you’re like me, you’ve been confused but fascinated by everything you’ve seen about the Broadway superhero show, with music by the more famous half of U2. Now, the production has posted a new behind-the-scenes video. There are mostly just a few glimpses of the insane stage design, but the really fun thing is seeing the creative forces behind the project struggle to explain just what, precisely, this thing is.

Julie Taymor — the woman who turned The Lion King into the awesome Broadway show that gave your kids nightmares for weeks — wins for her description: “We can’t really tell you what this is. But it has rock ‘n roll, it has drama, and it has circus.” (Pause to picture a dramatic rock ‘n roll circus.) Bono says the Bono-iest thing I’ve heard all week: “They’re modern myths, these comic book heroes.” The Edge, meanwhile, takes a jaunty Everyman approach that Stan Lee himself would appreciate: “He got bitten by a spider! It could happen to anyone!”

PopWatchers, I have no clue if Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark will be good-crazy (like Maximum Carnage) or bad-crazy (like the Clone Saga), but man, I’m stoked to see it! What do you think? Is the world ready for a dance-fighting superhero?

Read more:
‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ images
Spider-Man musical delays opening until January
Spider-Man musical faces safety inspection

'Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark' images: And you thought Emo Spider-man was bizarre!

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark seems like a lunatic proposal– are any fanbases more distant than comic book geeks and Broadway mavens? At best, it could have been a Shrek: The Musical!-style cash grab. But director Julie Taymor is known for dementedly twisted theatrical visions. Also, Bono and the Edge are writing the music, and there aren’t any iPods in sight! (I don’t even think Bono knows who Spider-Man is. I’m convinced that the Edge just told him they were writing a musical about Abraham Lincoln or Jesus or something.) Now, Annie Leibovitz has taken some photos for Vogue of the cast and set, which seem to confirm that this might very well be the most bizarre take on the Spider-Man mythos ever. (Crazier than Spider-Man: 2099. Crazier than that time Peter Parker went crazy and didn’t take off his costume for five months.)

Just how insane are we talking about? Cripes, look at that picture up there! The Green Goblin looks like an actual flying goblin, Mary Jane is dressed completely in red, and the overall aesthetic suggests Hieronymus Bosch crossed with a Pink Floyd album cover. Other pictures introduce a bizarre metallic villain named Swiss Miss (purely invented for the musical). These pictures make me wish that I was still a kid, so I could go see Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and have nightmares about it for the rest of my life.

PopWatchers, have these pics made you more excited for Turn Off the Dark? I’m pretty stoked to see that Taymor is so set on putting her own spin on the material. (Although… Swiss Miss?)

Follow me on Twitter @EWDarrenFranich

'Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark' musical details revealed: Are you getting drawn into its web?

spider-manPerformances of Spider-Man Turn Off the Darkthe most expensive musical, and one of the medium’s most anticipated shows, in Broadway history — begin Sunday, Nov. 14, with the show’s opening set for Tuesday, Dec. 21. And, as if the din around the impending show hasn’t been huge for the past few years, now that an opening date has been announced and rehearsals are ramping up, the fervor for the musical is only getting crazier. Just look: The New York Times did an interesting look at Spider-Man, through the lens of its producer Michael Cohl.

Here’s a juicy tidbit from that story about the acrobatics-laced show’s rather out-of-control budget: “The cost of the musical, widely reported to be $50 million, will have grown by an additional $10 million when all expenses are accounted for, Mr. Cohl said,” writes Patrick Healy. “He expected the running costs of Spider-Man to be slightly under $1 million a week — meaning that the show would need to have blockbuster sales on the scale of the top-grossing musical Wicked if he and his investors were to see a profit from the Broadway production alone.” To make sense of that, I’ve heard that a way to imagine how much that means in terms of Broadway math (which, as you might expect, is very different than television or movies) is that Spider-Man needs to sell out its theater at full ticket price for five years. That, my friends, is a feat that’s nearly unheard of on the Great White Way.

But there’s more! Bono and The Edge — who did the music for the show — and director Julie Taymor, as well as star Reeve Carney, appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America today to talk about the show. The interviews, which you can watch below, reveal storyboards that show what the sets of the show will look like. In short, the sets look expansive and complicated. And the costumes for some of the villains, like Green Goblin and a new baddie Swiss Miss (yes!), were also shown by Taymor. Check out the videos here:


Latest Videos


From Our Partners

TV Recaps

Powered by WordPress.com VIP