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Julie Taymor's SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK 'preview' not a disaster - needs a little tweaking? Amazing Aerials!

Hey folks, Harry here and Darth Dooku is so lucky. I really wish I could have been there to check this out. I know the whole geek world has been sharpening their knives to take this down... but frankly, I'm really quite fond of the various elements that were being put together. U2, Julie Taymor and frankly SPIDER-MAN. Reading this review and learning that the story is told from the perspective of New York City youths telling stories they've heard about Spider-Man... well that's awesome. I love those types of stories, because seriously... If SPIDER-MAN were real, kids would spend hours looking out the window hoping to catch a glimpse. And they'd live to hear the various stories. For me, this also explains the style of the show, as it represents the fevered imagination of a child. But... apparently the story is fairly weak at this point, but the reviewer seems to be hopeful. Let's see what happens with the show between these previews and the formal presentation of the FINISHED affair... but this doesn't at all sound like the catastrophe that folks were breaking out the cutlery for. And that's very good news. Here's the review...

Hey Harry, I saw a preview of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark today, and decided to write a small review (with spoilers). If you use this, call me DarthDooku. Thanks! Today was the first day of previews for Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, the new broadway show by Julie Taymor (The Lion King) with music by U2's Bono and The Edge. I was happy to get tickets to see the first show, but I didn't quite realize it was a preview. Apparently, this means that the show is basically putting on a dress rehearsal, and using the audience to help see how to fine tweak and change things for the actual show. SO this show actually opens in January, so they do have about six weeks to fix things. And yes, there are quite a few things that need fixing, but a lot of good things as well. The story basically follows the typical story of high schooler Peter Parker getting his spider powers, saving the day from the Green Goblin, and romancing Mary Jane. A few extra details were added this time around, however. First off, the story is told by these four kids, who seem to be creating the plot in their minds. As they come up with various elements of the story, we see these acted out on stage. Also, they incorporate an element of greek mythology, a lady called Arachne, throughout the story. More villans are also there, and they form the Sinister Six: Carnage, Kraven, Swarm, Electro, Lizard, and a new creation called Swiss Miss. The story was by far the weakest element of the production. There was not much explanation between scenes, and I felt like to truly understand it, you needed to have seen the first two Spider-Man films. For instance, Peter likes Mary Jane, but she's with some other guy in high school. Later on, they're together and dating, and we don't really see the bridging scenes there. Likewise, we have Peter lose his powers later, and then gain them when the world needs spider-man again. This was explained decently, but I felt like I understood it more because of the movie. They need to work on having a more coherent plot. The music was totally not catchy, at least not to me. I thought all the songs were from Bono and The Edge. However, on the playbill song list, only one song has that little asterisk, with a note on the bottom saying music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge. Makes it kind of dubious that the other songs are theirs, which may explain why they don't really sound too hot. The acting was decent, with the best work being Norman Osborne, played by Patrick Page. They also made good use of these long, vertical screens on stage, which displayed spider webs, newspaper headlines, close-ups on the Green Goblin, and more. It really helped the mood of the various scenes of the show. The best part, by far, were the aerial stunts. Spidey swang all across the audience, and up to the balcony. During the fights with Green Goblin, they were both swinging, and fighting, and it's something I haven't seen in a broadway show before. I feel like they hit this part just right. Arachne also flies through the audience. However, one drawback was that I was in a balcony seat, so for one scene she flew over the audience, but had to be prepped from the balcony. And she has a really big costume. So while watching the events on stage, we see four crew set up a platform and bring Arachne on stage, which was rather distracting. But I suppose there's no other way to avoid this. Basically, I think this show has potential. It needs to work on the plot. And I understand that this was a preview, and the first one no less, but there were long breaks during the show. I believe these should be fixed by the end, and once the are, this can be a good show. The plot seriously needs the most work, and they should consider cutting down on the Arachne scenes, as they often were drawn out and unnecessary. Also, those kids telling the story later interacted with the characters in the story, which doesn't quite make sense. Once these things are worked out, this should could be stellar, just for the aerial work alone.

Harry here again - take a look at the 60 MINUTES piece on the show! I'm curious.





Another review came in, this one from a fella I know. Here ya go...

Hey Harry. I was at the first preview last night and wrote this review for my friends, but I thought you might find it interesting, or do with it what you will. You can call me JonnyTheater "The Show That Fell From The Sky…" "Spiderman- Turn off the Dark' First public preview, November 128, 2010 at The Foxwoods Theater, New York So, I should preface this by saying I had purchased tix for the show November 18th, and the show was postponed, due to tech problems and the show not being ready (actually I heard they had not even gotten through a full run through of the show a few days before, so the decided to cancel the first 2 weeks of previews). There were also several injuries reported including broken wrists and ankles by stuntmen/dancers due to the flying stunts involved with the show. The stuff they were attempting to do with this show were new for Broadway, and they were going to have to adjust to what was possible to do 8 shows a week. So, they cancelled the first two weeks and pushed back the opening date to January. By this time, I was intrigued enough to want to see what the hell this show was gonna be… What was $65 million dollars going to look like onstage? The most expensive show ever mounted on Broadway… Would it be horrible? Or would it be brilliant? People said the same thing about "The Lion King"(also directed by Julie Taymor) and look how that turned out. I had to see for myself. There was also the very real possibility that a 'Spiderman" would land in my lap or crash into the orchestra or fly off into the balcony, and I didn't wanna miss that. So, that is what brought me to the Foxwoods Theater on November 28th at 6:30 for the very first public performance of "Spiderman-Turn off the Dark". Also joining me in the audience were several producers, theater people, actors (including Matthew Broderick and Sara Jessica Parker and Sean Hayes) and one of the writers of the book, Glen Berger, who looked like he was about to have a stroke. He was right to be worried. I had no idea what I was in for, but I knew it would be memorable. I was eavesdropping on an older gentleman who was sitting directly in front of me, and he was telling a companion how they had only gotten approval from the safety inspectors on Friday night, having requested changes Wednesday night. "He described it as the show being 'balanced on the head of a pin"… Hmmm… The show began with Michael Cohl, one of the Producers, thanking us for being there, saying he was "Hellishly excited", and explaining that they may need to call a hold once or twice during the show for tech reasons, which was understandable. Apparently, they also cancelled the invited dress rehearsal the night before, so this was really the first performance in front of an audience. The show began with 4 young teenagers debating on a Spiderman origin story. They being to discuss the legend of the girl who was "Arachne" the most gifted of weavers who bragged of her gifts and angered the Goddess Athena, who challenged her to a dual at the loom, with the song ('Behold and Wonder"). Arachne won, but Athena destroyed her work and caused Arachne to hang herself. Athena took pity on her and transformed her into the worlds first spider, who would "live and weave forever". I loved this sequence, a gorgeous and stunning segment that featured several women hanging on long strips of fabric, swinging back and forth, and actually creating a woven pattern across the entire stage. I hoped this was going to be a unique and visually stunning evening of theater. It was, but not always in a good way. We then immediately fast forwarded to present day, and we meet Peter Parker in class, where it is apparent he is not well liked by any of his classmates, who take pleasure in taunting him in a pantomimed fight sequence "Bullying by numbers". We are also introduced to Mary Jane, his next door neighbor, and the unique set design that evoked a pop-up book folding out and in on itself, and we learn their respective home lives are unhappy("No More"). "I can't live like this no more" they sing over and over… and over… We then meet Norman Osborn and his wife in his lab, which the students from the high school are visiting. The lab set is very stylized and visually interesting, going for a comic book graphic novel look and the students sing ("DIY World") with Norman… The song seemed only to serve as a reason to mention DNA and and the idea that eventually we could possibly live "To a thousand years"…Then Peter gets bitten by an escaped spider, blah blah, blah… Ok… I am not loving the music at all at this point… It is all monotone and does not move the story along, and as much as I like Bono and the Edge, I am beginning to wonder if they should have stuck to playing with U2, and avoided composing Musical Theater music… The street kids, who have been watching all of this unfolding from far stage left begin to argue why and how Peter was chosen to be bitten by the spider, and that "Anyone could have been Spiderman", leading into "Bouncing off the walls', a number that has Peter literally doing just that, with him walking and flying around the set in a cartoony way. This was the first time they called a hold on the show for a tech problem. The show literally stopped for about 3 minutes while they set up a change that had Peter beating up his enemies in a stylized cartoon style with "Pow", "Bam" signs popping up as he was beating them down. Some of the choreography was clever and unique, doing slow-mo flips and lifts with the assistance of other dancers doing complicated lifts and falls while other dancers held then up or they laid on top or over them. Peter then enters a wrestling match, and adopts his first use of disguise, fighting Bonesaw McGraw and winning 1000 bucks, wrestling a giant blow-up Bonesaw, in a kind of funny scene. He arrives home to find Uncle Ben has been hit by a car, while someone was stealing it. He realizes he is powerless to save his Uncle, but we don't get that great scene between them, losing an emotional connection that Peter has with his Aunt and Uncle. Distraught, Peter then sings what was the most beautiful song from the show "Rise Above" : "And you said "Rise above, Open your eyes above, and you said rise above", I cant… I cant…" and is then joined by Arachne who descends from above to sing along with him: "And every heart that bleeds will color your world red And the sorrow in the night will be the blue you cannot shed And your strength with be a vision beyond visibility And the gift you have before you will give you new eyes to see, That you can rise above, swing through the skies above, And you shall rise above yourself…" And you will rise above open your eyes above and you can rise above yourself... in what was meant to be a touching emotional moment is killed when they call for another hold of the show due to the second tech problem. Fuck. What was, for me, an emotional highpoint, was completely destroyed by another problem. The person on the God mike then asks us to "Give it up for Natalie Mendoza" the one playing Arachne, who is hanging 20 feet off the stage singing the song. After an almost 5 minute break, they come back to complete the song, not from the beginning, but where they left off. Arachne gives Peter his costume, then we see an elaborate sequence where Spiderman flies all over the stage and beyond, across and over the audience to the second balcony, swinging over the orchestra, and flying across the stage. fighting bad guys and being Spiderman. It was cool to see the high tech setup they had and there were several Spiderman's doing the stunts. I can understand how people got hurt. It seems very dangerous and risky, and I hope I will not hear about any accidents happening, because it seems likely that something may go wrong. There were so many wires and so many crew trying to keep them out of the way. I don't know how they will do it 8 times a week. At that point, I checked out of the show. We meet the newspaper editor and the reporters, who adopt the fast talking 1940's style dialogue, matching nothing that has come before it, as they start to ask "Who is Spiderman?" Then Norman Osborn becomes Green Goblin in a transformation sequence that kills his wife, and he becomes comic relief for the show, of which there seems to be about 3 different versions going on. I think this cartoon approach would have worked if there was some connection to reality, like there was in the movies. It would have been like if they had dropped Jim Carrey's "The Riddler" into the mix. It just didn't work, it didn't match the tone that was set by the music and what had come before. They called for a third hold on the show, and then a few minutes went by and then the act was over, and people filed out into the lobby wondering what the hell we just saw. I could go on, but why? I don't know what else to say. It was pretty to look at, the sets were unique and gorgeous. The actors did their jobs and are doing what they can with what they have to work with. But a terrible script by Julie Taymor and Glen Berger, and an awful convoluted story that makes Peter Parker a boring and wooden character, kills what could have been a unique and interesting theatrical experience. It is a case of the theatrics and technical glitz getting in the way, even obliterating whatever story about a conflicted young man who feels a sense of responsibility to those he loves and his fellow man behind. I was underwhelmed and disappointed. Too many villains, when just one would have been sufficient. Arachne was an interesting enough villain, and she provided conflict and interest, and her songs began to take a "Bjork" like feel in the second act. Oh, they called a 4th hold on the show during the second half, prompting one woman to loudly state "I didn't pay $150 bucks a ticket to watch a dress rehearsal". Some of us applauded. The show, as it is now, ran over 3 hours and much could be cut and pared down, starting with the teenagers that opened the show. It added nothing, and the device of having them essentially narrate the show disappeared halfway through the second act, never to return. The ending of both the first and second acts seemed like an afterthought. I heard from someone involved with the show that they were rewriting the ending that day. The whole book needs to be rethought. I wish they had let the simple moments shine more. indeed, the best moments were the ones that were not about flying and theatrics, but the human emotional moments that made you feel what Peter felt. When he sings "The Boy Falls From The Sky" alone, with virtually nothing onstage with him, it is one of the most touching moments. The show needs so much more of that if they expect to have any kind of future. I don't mean to pee all over what they presented onstage last night, but how could no one have seen what direction it was going and helped it back to where it needed to be? They have a month and a half of previews to fix things, and I hope they are able to make it work. $65 million dollars is a lot of money, and I cannot understand how it could have gotten here. I can see where the money went. I just don't know why they bothered.

I'm madly curious and hopeful that I'll have an opportunity to check this out. I'm fascinated.

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  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:02 a.m. CST

    indie film Hero Tomorrow = Spider Man meets Taxi Driver

    by Daniel_S_Duvall

    Milo Miller (co-writer of the critically-acclaimed indie superhero film Hero Tomorrow) says he thought of the project as "Spider Man meets Taxi Driver." That's apt. Why look forward to this new Spider Man project when you can enjoy Hero Tomorrow on DVD today? www.herotomorrow.com

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:09 a.m. CST

    Wires are going to break and people will fucking die

    by Tall_Boy66

    Saw the preview on 60 Minutes today, while the swinging is impressive with Spidey landing on balconies and so forth I think the style is a little too overtly impressionistic to take seriously. But, yeah, wires will break in these high flying stunts, the goblin glider will go flying into some Broadway high roller and impale them and Spidey will break his neck. Like a certain wise paranoid android once said, "This will all end in tears, I just know it."

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:10 a.m. CST

    This guy seems a bit confused.

    by CoursinLarry

    The songs are by Bono and The Edge. Maybe Bono did the lyrics, and The Edge did the music. Except for the one song where they both worked on each? I don't know. Fact of the matter is that they did more than one song. Another fact of the matter is "swang" is not a word.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:10 a.m. CST

    Also I doubt they'll change the plot/script in a month

    by Tall_Boy66

    Knowing how long it took to set up, this is basically just a month of dress rehearsals with them trying to speed the show up so it goes without a glitch. Don't expect any major changes to the story, it is what it is.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:10 a.m. CST

    Bono and The Edge

    by mrbong

    did some music for the stage production of A Clockwork Orange. only two tracks ever made it out, b-sides to The Fly single. that sounded good, hope this one turns out to be equal.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:11 a.m. CST

    if you gotta do major tweaking during previews

    by brabon300

    you are royally fucked<p>from what i am hearing...the kids in the audience loved it<p>prob is...kids cant afford to buy 250 dollar theater tiks<p>bad enough when hollywood (who was saved by the comic genre) thinks it can do better and disses the genre<p>now here is broadway, and the hack that made "across the universe", basically saying they understand spidey better than anyone<p>kids telling over spidey stories?<p>turning the spider that gave pete his powers into a full blown character?<P>creating a new female character when there are tons from the comic to choose from...and then calling her "swiss miss"? you gotta be fucking kidding me<p> and the goblin outfit in spidey 1 was bad...this one is rediculous<p>oh, and julie....SPIDEY DOESNT FLY<p>what we have here is a 65 mil "up, up and away"...at least in that one, the audience could follow the story...and the songs were catchy ditties<P>65 mil in this economy could give alot of people jobs<p>in this case, it will give a group of actors, stage hands and techs a few weeks work<p>show will close by xmas

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:11 a.m. CST

    RIP Leslie Neilsen

    by The_Ritty

    WELL it had to go somewhere. I just watched Dracula 3 days ago to... Now no Naked Gun 4. "Frank, when Nodberg said I "Love You", he was telling you the name of the ship!" "I see that...now..."

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:11 a.m. CST

    Worst. Idea. Ever.

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    what part of this sounded good? A Spider-Man musical?? By Julie Taymor, of all shitty people??? and with costumes and scenery like we've seen pictures of?? Egads, what a pile of shit!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:13 a.m. CST

    Yes Ritty theres already an article/talkback about that

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    seriously, i hate people that spam multiple talkbacks actig like theyre the first to hear of something.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:18 a.m. CST

    damn my eyes

    by The_Ritty

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:32 a.m. CST

    nice of cbs to give the show a free 14 minute commercial

    by brabon300

    cuz that is what the 60 minutes piece was<P>if you are in nyc, and are thinking of catching a show...go see promises, promises...cheno is in it

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:34 a.m. CST

    Am I the only one...

    by Daremo

    Am I the only one who is disgusted by the Sinister Six choices? SWARM? Are you fucking kidding me?

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:40 a.m. CST

    McWeeny pointed to a great piece

    by Kammich

    His "Morning Read" column on HitFix recently forwarded a great NYMag piece about this production. I've never personally seen a musical, stage production, or any Broadway material(no interest, personally)... but I found it to be a captivating read about Taymor's dedication to the project despite its many stumbles(budget-related and otherwise). I don't know if I'd ever pay to see it, but I personally have no problem with a comic book property being transferred to a medium like this, despite the liberties taken--the more that geek properties get exposed to outside-the-box mediums, the better, in my book.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:43 a.m. CST

    According to a Kinsey Institute study...

    by Subtitles_Off

    about 10% of you are going to love this.<br><br><br><br>Yeah, I stole that line from a BURLESQUE review blurb on Rotten Tomatoes. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:49 a.m. CST

    Spider-man's not real?

    by BenBraddock

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:51 a.m. CST

    Kammich

    by brabon300

    its been done 3 times already<p>up, up and away...a failure<p>your a good man, charlie brown...twice a success<p>annie...huge success<p>and who cares if taymor is dedicated to the project?

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:55 a.m. CST

    Is this the new Christopher Guest film?

    by GWARHOL

    Because that video sure felt like one.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 2:01 a.m. CST

    Bono & The Edge

    by Subtitles_Off

    have NEVER been worth $60 million bucks. Even with "Achtung Baby" on their resumé.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 2:11 a.m. CST

    Turn off the dark?

    by Crooooooow

    What a fucking pretentious name.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 2:22 a.m. CST

    What was the running time?

    by jenkis

    Seeing it next week but have SNL tickets after.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 2:30 a.m. CST

    Scripts change all the time during previews!

    by Lenny Nero

    This seems like a loaded question that will only succeed in getting about half of you to mock me, but doesn't anybody here know how professional theatre evolves?

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 2:59 a.m. CST

    Leslie Nielsen is dead.

    by King_Knut

    Where's the eulogy/thread?

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 3:01 a.m. CST

    Did Elliot Goldenthal do the score?

    by syn_flood

    He's done all of his wife's other recent projects... it would be interesting to hear his take on Spider-Man

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 3:04 a.m. CST

    I meant partner

    by syn_flood

    for they are not married

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 3:06 a.m. CST

    PLANT!!!!

    by 3D-Man

    Kidding. This actually looks quite interesting.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 3:06 a.m. CST

    So it's "Tales of the Dark Knight" except with Spidey...

    by Mike_D

    lame.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 3:17 a.m. CST

    First off, the story is told by these four kids..

    by Uridium

    Um, batman - Gotham Knight, several anime shorts, in the first one, "Have I Got A Story For You", 3 kids tell wildly different stories about Batman during a fight through Gotham. Ficking hacks, hope it flops on its ass.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 3:22 a.m. CST

    Everything Bono touches turns to shite in the end...

    by BiggusDickus

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 3:28 a.m. CST

    Lenny Nero

    by DrManhattansTaint

    scripts do change all the time during previews, but if the script/story are a mess AND they're stopping the show four or five times for technical problems during these first performances, then something's going to get the short end of the stick. i'm betting the story gets the shaft, and here's why: the script/story is the easiest, least expensive part to get right as long as you do it early on in the rehearsal room. you make sure all of those elements work without any of the flying and the giant screens and all of the spectacle. if it doesn't, you don't have a musical. if you can't do a staged reading of the show and have people emotionally impacted and understanding the story, then you're not to the point you should put tens of millions of dollars more into building sets. you may have a perfectly awesome piece of performance art, but you may not have a satisfying, crowd pleaser of a hit musical. it sounds like they dropped the ball hard from the beginning, creating new characters, adding in Greek mythology...the too many villains disease...i have to wonder if they really ran any of that shit by Stan Lee? there's a reason Spidey's so iconic, and it looks like they missed it entirely. what does look great is the flying, which tells me they put a lot of work into that element, and rightfully so. what's the point of making a Spider-Man musical if he can't sling a web and swing around the theater? if it's not working a hundred per cent, i imagine that's mostly what they'll be smoothing out and rehearsing over the next few weeks. also, the visual aspect is the whole ball game with Taymor, but the design of this show looks like Joel Schumacher era BATMAN. not a good sign.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 3:31 a.m. CST

    I don't like broadway anyways

    by GornPirate

    but this looks like a great big WTF?

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 3:31 a.m. CST

    Uridium/Lenny Nero

    by brabon300

    in gotham knights, each kid told the story in a different way, giving us a different perspective on bats...it was brilliant....they arent doing that here...its all the same spidey, just with different kids telling a different part of his story<P> and lenny, yes...we all know how pro theater is developed...and most productions start far off broadway and the producers make changes before bringing it to the great white way...there is a diff here<P> the production is already a good year behind, they are already on broadway, and they have a month of previews before it opens<p>they cant change the acts, as that would change the stunts<p>they cant change the stunts, cuz that is where all the money has gone<p>taymor sees comics the way ang lee did...in other words...she doesnt get it<p>she took parts of burton's bats, and her own perspective on comics...and lets face it...chicks dont get comics<P>spidey's original core fans werent kids...they were teens and college kids...and his universe was grounded in reality<p>in the 60 minutes piece...she goes on and on about "taking chances"...doing an origin story and throwing in the goblin and the new sinister six aint taking chances<p>doing the second issue, with an octogenarian vulture and coming up with a great take on that, would have been<p>they are hoping that people will come to see amazing real time fx...but i highly doubt that people are gonna shell out 250 bux to see a live action stunt show with music...maybe im wrong...dont think so

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 3:54 a.m. CST

    brabon300

    by DrManhattansTaint

    yeah, i doubt she's going to cut major sequences that they've spent hundreds and hundreds of thousands of dollars on. cutting or adding songs, rearranging sequences and scenes...all of those things have been done in previews of Broadway shows to great effect. but it sounds like they started so far off the mark that isn't going to work. nothing i've seen in any of the videos looks like Spider-Man to me except for there's a guy in a suit.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 3:55 a.m. CST

    edit

    by DrManhattansTaint

    when i say "hundreds and hundreds of thousands of dollars" i'm talking about something that ends up onstage for three or four minutes. i know the show as a whole cost 65 million.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 4:02 a.m. CST

    Style over substance... the Taymor effect

    by recantha

    I didn't _love_ The Lion King, but had a lot of respect for it being a huge spectacle for children to enjoy. The music was good enough, and at least had cohesiveness with the African influences. The story, however, (and I include the movie), was rubbish. With Spiderman, they had so much raw material to work with - comics, cartoons, TV series, books, movies - that you'd have thought they could have managed better story-wise. The whole 'children narrate' thing has been done before (Starlight Express among others) and, it seems, better. Haven't they learnt from other people that narration isn't what people want? Show, don't tell. The aerial effects just sound like an accident waiting to happen. That amount of money? That amount of risk? It ain't worth it.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 4:08 a.m. CST

    Ezxpensive flop

    by Le Phantom

    My Spidey sense predicts that this will be one big, expensive Broadway flop! Would have worked better as a Cirque show in Vegas!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 4:12 a.m. CST

    This will close in six weeks after opening

    by elgato73

    or run for the next fucking decade or longer. I can't decide which. Seems by bringing in the whole Arachne mythology arc plus the four kids trying to come up with a kick ass origin story (ala "Have I Got A Story For You" from Batman: Gotham Knight), they just make it too damn complicated or pretentious. But Hell, Broadway musicals are nothing but pretentious or melodramatic theatrical bullshit (I stopped giving a shit about musicals when I ran screaming from my college theatre company and started putting all my time and effort into the study of film). Musicals really get on my nerve but the comic book geek in me would like to see this.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 4:19 a.m. CST

    WTF??????

    by elgato73

    The tickets are $250 to this? FUCK THAT!!! I could buy a shitload of Blu-Rays for that or go to a lot of films for the price of one ticket to this Spiderman musical. Yeah, this shit will close in a month and never return. Could end up as being like the Ishtar of Broadway.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 4:28 a.m. CST

    My biggest question: Why Spider Man?

    by IndustryKiller!

    No one even mentions why they feel the least bit passionate about the source material, or the story they feel like they needed to tell. So then it's JUST about spectacle. Who fucking cares about that? I mean really you're going to spend 100 bucks to go see two hours of crazy wire work? How exactly is that different than Cirque De Soleil other than it's more fake? If the story really is just a hodge podge of nonsense that doesnt connect then how could this possibly be a proper emotional experience? And again, why is this story Spider Man specific? They couldnt just make up their own thing with crazy costumes and wire work? I just straight up dont believe telling the story of Peter Parker had anything to do with the decision to put on this show and until Im convinced otherwise why would I care?

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 4:29 a.m. CST

    The 60 Minutes Report On The Show Was Amazing!!!!

    by Media Messiah

    Wow, how very impressive was that???!!!! Now, this is true virtual reality, as the Spiderman Broadway Musical breaks the 4th wall, and goes into, and over, the audience, even landing an actor on the balchony.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 4:58 a.m. CST

    Even on Broadway continuity Sucks!!!!

    by Monkey_King

    What's with Arachne and Swiss Miss? No Gwen Stacy?

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 5:12 a.m. CST

    Come on, that looks incredible!

    by BenBraddock

    If I was in NYC I'd certainly go see it - the words "awesome" and "spectacle" come to mind. The 15 year-old inside me freaked out watching the 60 MINUTE segment!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 5:16 a.m. CST

    "

    by Autodidact

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 5:17 a.m. CST

    "Web Video" Fucking Sucks Now

    by Autodidact

    That 60 Minutes piece opened with a short commercial. Then I tried to advance the timeline a minute or two to get past the pre-amble, and another ad started. FUCK THAT!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 5:36 a.m. CST

    I believe..

    by Cagliostro

    There was also a Captain America musical long ago that didn't do too well either.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 5:38 a.m. CST

    Gothamn Knights

    by Autodidact

    Hey you just reminded me that I lent this to a friend shortly after buying it. He then lost it, said "sorry" and didn't replace it. My question is: how in the living fuck do you LOSE a DVD?

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 5:42 a.m. CST

    The Cost Per Ticket For The Spiderman Stage Show

    by Media Messiah

    It's worth the cost of the experience. Broadway ticket prices are high anyway, and I think for a special date, it is not unreasonable to go and experience something that has never been done before, live--and not to this extent, at least. Even with the stop-atart, interruptions, this show, win or lose, is making history--for the many techniques that they are employing to realize this show, will be common place in live Broadway shows, and other live productions...elsewhere, 5, 10, and 20 years from now...plus, and when historians, critics, and the public, look back at this moment in time--upon reflection, they will most likely cite this show, as the point of origin for that change. That alone, is worth the price of admission.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 5:48 a.m. CST

    across the universe wasn't crap

    by KevinMuller

    But it was very hit and miss in my book. When it was good, it was just amazing to see what Taymor did with it, but when it was painful to watch certain sequences that fell flat.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 5:48 a.m. CST

    Spider-Man: Turn On The GAY

    by LaserPants

    Better, more apt title. (And no, that's not meant as a homophobic slur; I mean "gay" as in "silly.")

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 5:52 a.m. CST

    Across The Universe = Sgt. Pepper's Hearts Club Band: The Movie

    by LaserPants

    You know, the one with the Bee Gees and Peter Frampton singing disco karaoke versions of Beatles songs? Actually, that's not fair, Across the Universe was EVEN WORSE.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 6:08 a.m. CST

    And What's With People Who Always Lose Their Phone?

    by Autodidact

    I have this other friend who seems to use "I lost my phone" as punctuation. I can think of a half-dozen times in the past two years when he definitely did lose the phone. I'm pretty sure about a half-dozen other times he was lying as an excuse for being so goddamn lazy and disorganized.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 6:21 a.m. CST

    This looks so colossally awful...

    by rbatty024

    that I must see it. The idea looks like a train wreck. My guess is that it won't be up for long.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 6:22 a.m. CST

    Autodidact

    by LaserPants

    Or lying because they didn't want to talk to you / text at you? I do that shit all the time! "My phone went dead." = "I didn't want to talk to you."

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 6:24 a.m. CST

    So they ripped off the plot from an old Batman story?

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    And gayed it up substantially, I assume? Prediction: Epic Fail.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 6:37 a.m. CST

    Irvin Kirshner has died.

    by highfunctioningsociopath

    May The Force be with him.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 6:40 a.m. CST

    WE PREDICTED A YEAR AGO THAT THIS WOULD FLOP HARD

    by Darth Busey

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 6:40 a.m. CST

    GEEKS DON'T DO BROADWAY IN GREAT NUMBERS

    by Darth Busey

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 6:40 a.m. CST

    "I don't mean to pee all over what they presented onstage last n

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ... Oh, like most Broadway types, they probably would've ENJOYED that.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 6:41 a.m. CST

    LARRY MULLEN AND ADAM CLAYTON WERE WISE TO NOT PUT THEIR NAMES O

    by Darth Busey

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 6:41 a.m. CST

    ON THIS THING

    by Darth Busey

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 6:42 a.m. CST

    RIP IRVING KERSHNER

    by Darth Busey

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 6:47 a.m. CST

    I don't think we should use "gay" to describe this...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ..."Gay" is too mild a word. The only thing that can truly describe this particular disaster is "fag". That musical was the lamest thing I've ever seen. It was totally fag. (Of course I mean that in the non-sexual orientation definition of the word)

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 6:49 a.m. CST

    'Pants.... No, Not In This Case

    by Autodidact

    No. He would often be lying, I'm sure. But not to avoid me, as I never rang him up. Usually he was calling me for help with some problem arising from losing his phone!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 6:50 a.m. CST

    Sorry, 'Kershner', not 'Kirshner'.

    by highfunctioningsociopath

    And BTW it's 'Irvin', not 'Irving', Darth Busey.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 6:54 a.m. CST

    What I Mean Is

    by Autodidact

    Using "I lost my phone" as an excuse for me to do something for him like recover his e-mail password or update his website... and a few times I know he was saying "I got a new phone" because he was too embarassed to say "I can't remember nor can I figure out how to do the same thing you helped me with before".

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 6:59 a.m. CST

    $250 a ticket....

    by matchesmalone2380

    really??? Come on. Anyone who has any thought in your head, do this instead with your money: Buy the spider-man movies 1-3. That way you'll save around $220 bucks and get your spidey fix. This show looks terrible. $1 million a week in costs? The bad guys look terrible! I'll wait for the rebooted movie!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:12 a.m. CST

    NY Post review

    by JamesT

    I think the term they used was disaster. Who exactly is the audience for this? I would imagine not your typical Broadway patron.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:18 a.m. CST

    jenkis

    by JamesT

    Well according to the Post review it was 3.5 hours, but hopefully once they get all the technical snafus out of the way, I would imagine it would cut that by a far percentage.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:20 a.m. CST

    Empire Strikes Back director Irvin Kershner dies in LA at 87

    by KilliK

    http://io9.com/5701120/ <p>Crap :/

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:42 a.m. CST

    This theatrical stunt thing works for theme park rides or shows

    by ricarleite2

    NOT for Broadway. I smell the biggest theatrical flop since Carrie the Musical.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Format that second review

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    for the love of Arachne

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Format that second review

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    for the love of Arachne

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:57 a.m. CST

    I know someone who worked for Tony Adams.

    by cookylamoo

    Her job was to convince restaurants and airports that Tony was a VIP.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Goodbye and our thanks, Kersh,

    by SminkyPinky

    So saddened by this news.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Broadway used to be culture....

    by knowthyself

    Now you have Spiderman, Shrek, and PeeWee's playhouse.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Spidey maybe a good Broadway show

    by shutupfanboy

    I mean the wire stunts do look good, but the additions of a Spider God, kids telling a story and re-arranging things to be kid friendly is not a good idea. I am thinking someone went to Circus de Gay and thought "Hmmm all this wire work shit could be good for a Broadway play and as well as a Spiderman movie, lets combine them together." Terrible idea and geeks do have $250 laying around since they don't have girlfriends, rent or other expenses living in their parents' basements. RIP Leslie and now, Kersh, come on, God. Can we at least get some bad guys for once around.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Dr.PepperSpray is right . . .

    by ONeillSG1

    What a missed opportunity by not using Gwen Stacy as the leading lady. You have the romance develop during the entire show until the climax where Stacy dies at the hands of GG. Mourning, and at her funeral, Peter meets Mary Jane Watson, friend of the Stacy family, who consoles Peter during his darkest hour. End the show with MJ putting her hand on Peter's. FIN.<br /> <br /> Oh well. I guess all this emo crap is a better idea anyway.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:46 a.m. CST

    With Leslie and Kersh gone, I wonder who will be the 3rd one?

    by alienindisguise

    Sad indeed

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:48 a.m. CST

    This Spiderman show is as laughable as...

    by alienindisguise

    the Mortal Kombat tour from the 90's when a company tries to cash in on every front and ends up embarrassing themselves which is always something I'm up for seeing, just not paying to say it.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:48 a.m. CST

    "to see it"

    by alienindisguise

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Well

    by phifty2

    at least his death coinsides with the 30th anniversary of Empire. RIP.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:55 a.m. CST

    "Parker's first girlfriend Gwen Stacy"

    by buggerbugger

    Second. His first was Betty Brant.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Looked like amazing dogshit

    by Powerring

    on 60 minutes.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Irvin Kershner has passed away as well

    by eric haislar

    damn!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Across the Universe was crap...

    by gerrit4

    but I can see why Tamor has such a following. She's got a brilliant visual sense - some of the scenes in that movie were pretty genius in terms of visuals, it was just the story, acting and music that were terrible.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Offtopic: James Franco and Anne Hathaway to host Oscars?

    by PennsyDeux

    Perhaps announced as early as the end of this week: http://tinyurl.com/2cl2ncr

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Franco and Hathaway hosting the oscars is one step towards

    by shutupfanboy

    robots hosting the show. By the way, what the hell was Martin and Baldwin doing last year. Are people that terrified to go off the terrible, terrible script?

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Give it a chance!

    by DarthDooku

    Thanks for posting my review Harry! The show ran almost four hours from the intended start time because of that long intermission and multiple holds. Don't plan on dinner afterwards if you're going for an evening show. Tickets were NOT $250 last I checked. I got mine for $80 in the balcony, but I saw orchestra seats for the typical broadway price of $130 or so. Give this show a change guys. It sounds odd and it's not quite the same thing as the comics and characters we love, but it's a new and interesting take on an old story. I'd say to definitely wait for reviews when the show officially opens, but give it a chance.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Train wreck potential!!!

    by A_Die_Hard_Fan

    You want to take your eyes off of it, but you can't! You just want to watch the horror unfold.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 9:48 a.m. CST

    ricarleite2

    by fpuk99

    The 'theatrical stunt thing' worked very well for Starlight Express.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 9:50 a.m. CST

    BomB!

    by CANT_WAIT_TO_HATE

    Titanic failure! "The Most Expensive Broadway Show Ever"

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Love Spider-Man

    by SithMenace

    Have zero interest in this.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 9:58 a.m. CST

    looks interesting visually

    by smudgewhat

    for the most part. staging, aerial work, sets all look really nice. but the Green Goblin was so off-putting and comical that i was taken aback. also i'm not particularly interested in the musical side of this. i don't doubt it will be an interesting experience, but wouldn't pay to see it.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Was that Madhuri from Outsourced??

    by Sans Serif

    In the video at around 4:12 was that Anisha Nagarajan who plays Madhuri from NBCs Outsourced? Shes singing. I could be completely wrong though but it looks like her.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:04 a.m. CST

    A STREETCAR NAMED HARRY OSBORNE

    by Tigger Tales

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:08 a.m. CST

    my dick

    by DioxholsterImperium

    thinks this is a mistake

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Looks like

    by GetMeAn18ManFireTeamIn12Hours

    Shit.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Sixty million dollars. Think they'll make their money back?

    by Royston Lodge

    I vote "no".

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:16 a.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    Hey Bono and The Edge did Goldeneye, so maybe there's a good song or two in there. Underappreciated tune, that one is.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Do Not Want. Fuck U2.

    by milla jovovich

    U2 is easily the most overrated musical act ever. Watched the 60 Minutes thing and the whole thing, every single element had "FAIL" written all over it. Absolute drivel. Die quickly and quietly.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:32 a.m. CST

    I heard

    by chiahead

    that their weekly production costs outweigh a sold out week of shows. Which basically means they'll either never recoup or ticket prices will go even higher. Which, in the landscape of theater is a step in the wrong direction. I truly detest these ego projects. They're ruining broadway.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Denial much?

    by Triple_J_72

    Sorry, but... this IS a catastrophe.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:39 a.m. CST

    DID THEY GO WITH ORGANIC OR MECHANICAL SHOOTERS?

    by BringingSexyBack

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:43 a.m. CST

    I admire Taymor but this could be another Across The Universe me

    by reflecto

    I am going to the show in Jan and I hope not to be killed by falling stuntmen.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:44 a.m. CST

    I hold out hope it will be crazy and weird but good

    by reflecto

    That is all.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:45 a.m. CST

    The Director of The Empire Strikes Back Died!!!!

    by Atkinson

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20101129/ts_alt_afp/entertainmentfranceusfilmdirector_20101129144514

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:47 a.m. CST

    I was thinking about seeing this

    by CherryValance

    after watching the 60 minutes thing but it didn't seem like Bono and the Edge only did one song. That's interesting information. Hmm.... maybe I'll try for the preview myself. *looks it up* Well the show on my birfday is canceled so there goes that. And so are some others. That don't look too good. Uhhh... I'll wait. lol

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:49 a.m. CST

    What the what?

    by the Green Gargantua

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Julie Taymor is the real deal. I hope this succeeds...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...I wonder how many people bashing this have been to a real theater production?

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Irvin Kershner has died

    by professor murder

    I figured with all of the Empire Strikes Back fanboys on this site, this would be posted for all to see. http://scoop.todayshow.com/_news/2010/11/29/5543712-report-empire-strikes-back-director-kershner-dies (delete spaces that are auto generated in weblink)

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:57 a.m. CST

    ANOTHER TOURIST TRAP SHOW

    by BringingSexyBack

    That's what Broadway has become.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:58 a.m. CST

    You mean it's NOT awesome?

    by Rex Carsalot

    My stars, who could have predicted that?

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:05 a.m. CST

    R.I.P. Irvin Kershner - Genius

    by masteryoda007

    Goodbye to THE true genius of the Star Wars saga.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:08 a.m. CST

    IRVIN KERSHNER DIED?

    by BringingSexyBack

    That's crazy wack. They were just showing ESB yesterday. RIP

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Julie Tymor is GILFY

    by InActionMan

    Fuck I'm getting old.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:12 a.m. CST

    It's true. Kershner has gone.

    by Gabba-UK

    http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=29588

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:14 a.m. CST

    REVIEWS ARE IN!!

    by film11

    And this was a disaster. Technical snafus abounded...with people hanging in the air for top minutes, swaying back & forth, unable to get down. Effects not working. Stagehands trying to grab an actor's foot. And much much more! In short...nothing worked!The audience felt like they were guinea pigs for a bad rehearsal. I can't recall ANY show that opened so disastrously. Bye-bye web-crawler.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:14 a.m. CST

    REVIEWS ARE IN!!

    by film11

    And this was a disaster. Technical snafus abounded...with people hanging in the air for top minutes, swaying back & forth, unable to get down. Effects not working. Stagehands trying to grab an actor's foot. And much much more! In short...nothing worked!The audience felt like they were guinea pigs for a bad rehearsal. I can't recall ANY show that opened so disastrously. Bye-bye web-crawler.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:17 a.m. CST

    If Kishner is dead

    by InActionMan

    then Lucas is finally free to RAPE ESB. Look for a cameo by an elderly Jar Jar, scenes of Bobba Fett Crying while looking at pictures of his dead daddy, shots of Lando's henchmen falling down/ bumping into things and cgi Yoda jumping around like a spaz in the EXTRA, SUPER, SPECIAL, LIMITED, 3D addition of "The Empire Strikes Back".

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Such crap! This show will be an epic fail! Ha Ha!

    by Snake Foreskin

    The entire idea was shite in the first place. Bono & The Edge can't write for musical theater. This isn't The Who's TOMMY, we're talking about. My God, Julie Taymor is the most over-rated hack working today. Across The Universe should have been more than enough evidence of that. What's worse, the safety issues will make this show a scandal. I can guarantee that there will be accidents resulting in horrible injuries, death, and of course, lawsuits. They have launched the Titanic. Prepare to witness hubris once again claim its victims.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Someone will fall. Or else meet an untimely end.

    by Snake Foreskin

    I know, I sound like the Phantom of the Opera, but I bet this show will close due to a horrific accident. The producers may have spared no expense for the sake of bringing SpiderMan to Broadway, but you know who else spared no expense? The old man from Jurassic Park. And look where that got him! BEWARE HUBRIS!!! BEWARE HUBRIS!!!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Dead?

    by imagin78

    The director of Robocop 2 and Never Say Never Again is gone?

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:33 a.m. CST

    They always come in three. Now we have #2 Irvin Kershner

    by Orionsangels

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Wow

    by The Alienist

    Gay jokes in a Broadway themed post talkback. You guys are SO original and not at all secretly homosexual.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Bono and Edge songwriting sucks...

    by Planty_McPlant_Plants_His_Plant_At_AICN

    But it could have been worse. Can you imagine a Coldplay Spidey musical?! Or a Killers Spidey musical?!<P>RIP Irvin Kershner. Thank you for making my childhood special. ESB probably means more to me than any other movie.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:38 a.m. CST

    DarthDooku

    by brabon300

    you paid preview prices...and you got your money's worth<p>if the show makes it past the preview stage (doubtful) the avg price will double...with orchestra seats going between 250-500 depending on day and time...bank it

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:50 a.m. CST

    What was your primary diet for this poo Mr. Marsh?

    by IndianaPeach

    A Spider-Woman!!! well that was a sweet pitch...gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaabe

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Swiss Miss?

    by crankyoldguy

    She wants to rule all cocoa?

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:55 a.m. CST

    masteryoda007

    by phifty2

    Rip on Lucas all you want but Kershner wasn't the "true" genius behind Empire. That was Lucas.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Captain America Broadway Show?

    by deelzbub

    @ Caligostro<P> I remember the ad for that in a Marvel comic. How long ago was that? 1985? Would love to hear a behind the scences story on whatever happened to that

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Can "Planet of the Apes: The Musical" be far behind?

    by Royston Lodge

    Too bad Phil Hartman's dead. He coulda made it happen.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:06 p.m. CST

    I love legitimate thee-ater.

    by Royston Lodge

    http://tinyurl.com/34xg8os

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:07 p.m. CST

    alienist

    by jameskpolk

    Let's be fair. I mean the gay jokes write themselves on this one. Besides too, these talkbacks proclaim gayness about almost everything.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:11 p.m. CST

    I had my doubts but

    by kafka07

    I'm starting to be won over. I really like those aerial stunts!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:13 p.m. CST

    "She wants to rule all cocoa?"

    by Subtitles_Off

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:17 p.m. CST

    They're hoping this will be the Avatar of musical theatre...

    by Snake Foreskin

    Instead, it will be the Ishtar. Except in Ishtar none of the cast and crew died in a horrible wire stunt accident. I'm surprised they didn't force the theatre attendees to wear 3D glasses as well. Or sign a liability waiver!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:18 p.m. CST

    We need to stop actually predicting death and mayhem, though.

    by Subtitles_Off

    We're just going to be disappointed now.<P>It might be fun, though, as a nation, to huddle together with lit candles, feigning great sadness over the heroic death of some theater-goer who stood between a shard of flaming Swiss Miss and his Life Partner.<P>I'm sorry. I have bad thoughts.<P>Thank Gawd this isn't Batman by that Meatloaf guy.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Turn Off The Dark? WTF? How about Turn Off The Pretentiousness!

    by Snake Foreskin

    Bono is like Jesus Christ for Democrats. And who says liberals aren't religious?

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Was this a committee of executives' attempt to manufacture

    by soma_with_the_paintbox

    a new broadway fixture? It sure sounds like it. And if so, I'm pretty glad it seems DOA. Lion King is bad enough.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Kershner obit is the new "Daniel Day Lewis is Lincoln" story

    by ricarleite2

    NO OBIT?

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:27 p.m. CST

    This is the Can't Stop The Music of comic adaptions

    by deelzbub

    as in: the death of Disco. Look it up. When it gets to the point that musicals are being done in the name of Spider-Man, the spell is broken. They need the finale to be preformed by the Village People to put the final nail in the coffin. <P> Hopefully this doesn't signal the death of comics as a whole.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:27 p.m. CST

    performed

    by deelzbub

    my bad

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:29 p.m. CST

    "Spidey swang"?

    by The Garbage Man

    Did he get crunk on purple drank first?

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:32 p.m. CST

    JamesT

    by jenkis

    Thank you sir.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Um, speaking as a dyed-in-the-wool Lib...

    by Subtitles_Off

    Bono is a twat.<P>Elton John, also a twat.<P>That doesn't mean I'm not in favor of AIDS research or against the eradication of tigers.<P>We are capable of sharing ideas with people who are enormous d-bags. How else could you get up in the morning, if you were a Conservative? Jebus! Your go-to guys are Rush Limbaugh, Karl Rove, and Glenn Beck.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:36 p.m. CST

    "Did he get crunk on purple drank first?"

    by Subtitles_Off

    ANOTHER winner!<P> BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!²

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Good lord, there will be an obit.

    by Subtitles_Off

    Just be patient. Are you itching to be the first to type "genius" and "my thoughts are with his family"?<P>I beat you to it.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Every single Talkback, over-run by

    by Subtitles_Off

    "no obit"ches.<P>Man, who knew ROBO-COP 2 was such a life-changing event for people.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:48 p.m. CST

    The Edge.....or?

    by Loosejerk

    Is he The Edge or the dastardly villian, "Epileptico: Master of Seizures that will Fuck You Up"!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:48 p.m. CST

    The Edge.....or?

    by Loosejerk

    Is he The Edge or the dastardly villian, "Epileptico: Master of Seizures that will Fuck You Up"!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Phifty2

    by brabon300

    sorry to go ot, but i cant allow that stupid statement to stand<p>empire was the most mature of all the movies<p>lucas had less to do on that flick than any of the others...and it shows<p>no cuddly ewoks, no fucking jar jar dickhead...no wooden acting as directed by lucas<p>lucas made 2 great films in his life...thx 1138 and american graffitti...and then he lost his fucking mind<p>kirshner is the brains behind empire

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:03 p.m. CST

    if i was going to make a comic book related musical

    by brabon300

    i would use the corman version of ff as my source material, and hire either the south park or the venture bros guys to write the book and music<P>and i would camp it up to the max

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:16 p.m. CST

    MY SPI DER SENSE IS TINGA LINNNNGG!

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    Showtunes and Spiderman, this is going to be huge with MILFS and the gay community.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:16 p.m. CST

    MY SPI DER SENSE IS TINGA LINNNNGG!

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    Showtunes and Spiderman, this is going to be huge with MILFS and the gay community.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST

    I used pure logic on one of those tests to see

    by UltraTron

    if you're liberal or conservative. I was so far left of the pope it was hilarious.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:47 p.m. CST

    *sigh* OK so let me give my final two cents over this

    by ricarleite2

    Let me brake this down to a few topics. First, a musical about Spider-Man. Why not? I have no problems with it - and honestly, it's a character that is a bit more dramatic and theater-driven than Superman or Batman (obviously). A Batman musical is a ridiculous notion. A Spiderman musical, not as much. About the plot, and about what I'm hearing, they really took the WRONG approach here: the Gwen Stacy storyline (and a bittersweet ending) would be better. The writting seems a bit off now, but hey, that's how those previews go. It takes some tweakening. And I'm fine with it. Regarding Swiss Miss, well, it's really a bad idea. Not too late to drop her off the show, though! Regarding the aereal stunt work, this is where the whole thing gets messy. They will open this at January. From what I read here, there's no time to make this safe and 100% error-proof. I would expect more improvisation and even haults on the next performances. This could either work as a mild success based on it's extravaganze (not on music or story quality), or could be a huge, HUGE flop. I'm talking the musical version of Heaven's Gate here. And if I had to bet on one, it'd be on the flop.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Captain America Musical @Deezlbub

    by Cagliostro

    I'm thinking it was 70's. My mother was a huge Broadway nut and I remember hearing about it through her. Might have even been '60s, unless I'm just hallucinating the memory all together. I'd swear that I saw photos in a Playbill or something.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Correction

    by Cagliostro

    It apparently never premiered. Maybe photos were from previews or rehearsals.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:57 p.m. CST

    brabon300

    by ricarleite2

    Then you would end up with the 60s Superman musical. Which was exactly what you described. And it flopped.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 2:02 p.m. CST

    a shard of flaming Swiss Miss and his life partner

    by Tall_Boy66

    Heh. Gold. That is totally how this show will end if it doesn't get pulled the plug due to the gigantic losses (but they haven't already). But Swiss Miss will be flying in the air, go haywire, hit a chandelier, get electrocuted in mid-air and jiggle like a puppet, erupt into flames, explode, and pieces go flying all over the place until one guy stands out and says, "No! Eduwardo!!!" and jumps in the way of Swiss Miss' flying, burning head which impales into his chest. He goes out as a hero, people write long-winded articles about how spectacle and the need to be gigantic has overrun common sense. The youtube cellphone video of the accident gets like a billion hits in a single day.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Spiderman, drinks in the Chelsea, and anal. What a night!

    by AzulTool

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Spiderman: Turn Off the Lights, This Show's Cancelled.

    by WickedJester

    What's the over/under on the closing date? I'll take 2/15/11.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Gilfy?

    by MikeTheSpike

    She's not even 60. Milf, for sure. Where you from, Appalachia?

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Its oh-so-cool to bash Bono

    by Keeper Of Chimps

    Why? Because U2 has been the only band to maintain constant success (both critically and commercially) since the early 80s? Or is it because he likes to do good things with his money and time? Because THAT is fucking reprehensible!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 2:18 p.m. CST

    "Maybe They Can Fix the Book"

    by cookylamoo

    Don't count on it. They haven't really changed the book in five years. All the elements were in the original pitch. Besides, if they try to change anything now, it's going to cost millions.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Amazing areolas!

    by deelzbub

    That's the play we want to see!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 2:21 p.m. CST

    ricarleite2

    by brabon300

    not if you use the people i have chosen to do the book and the music<P>and it could be done for 30 mil

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Cagliostro

    by deelzbub

    Would love to see those promo pics. What's funny, the ad marvel ran had Cap onstage with jazz hands going on, if I remember correctly. They could use that same ad (as a poster) for Cap in his USO scene in the movie.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Is Vegas taking bets on this?

    by Snake Foreskin

    I'd like a ten spot on "Someone will die within the first 50 performances", and a cool benjamin on "The show will close before it reaches 100 performances". I personally think it won't last more than that, but hey, we'll see. ABC kept the Geena Davis show on the air for almost a season before it admitted its mistake and yanked it.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Bono?

    by jasper Stillwell

    He lost touch with reality a long time ago. This looks exactly like the kind of vanity project that people with too money and not enough sense get involved with. "Comics? How hard can that be...? I've seen one or two of those..."

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Deezlbub: They don't call him the Star Spangled Avenger for noth

    by Cagliostro

    JAZZ HANDS!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Spiderman has a zipper up his ass for easy access.

    by AzulTool

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Jeez

    by 2LeggedFreak

    What comes across is the total lack of any feel or respect for the source material.<P> <P> It just looks like 3 self indulgent tosspots creating a musical loosely based on a famous comic book character.<P> <P> U2 are the Dire Straits of their generation, a band that won't last with time and in their own way are a bland load of toss that have got lucky because people think its "cool" to like them.<P> <P> What a crap-fest this looks.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 3:12 p.m. CST

    They should make an AICN musical

    by Johnno

    We'll collect all the best posts and make them rhyme. There'll be a large gargantuan animatronic Harry Knowles. There'll be cast members seated in the audience who'll rise up a bunch of times during the show to interrupt by announcing random things like "so and so died..." or "Fuck you Michael Bay" or "Where's my DVD column?", in fact, the show should open with a bunch of guys running hurriedly towards their seats piling over and trampling other members of the audience, until one guy gets there and yells, "FIRST!" and that will signal the orchestra to perform the opening number 'Excitable Harry' that will take us on a whirlwind journey through Harry's most famous reviews and one liners throughout the years. The music will be composed by the same people who did South Park and Team America. Just hire me to produce this thing for a million dollars, I'll guarantee you a winner and maybe even throw in a couple of wire-fu stunts for good measure.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 3:19 p.m. CST

    In fact...

    by Johnno

    I'm thinking the show should open with a song called 'FIRST!' as excitable geeks dance and prance across the stage in an effort to see the latest bit of news on AICN. The sets will be designed to be a faithful recreation of the Talkback. There'll be a giant overhead screen to which audience members can text/tweet messages to that will display them throughout the course of the show thanks to the good folks at T-Mobile. Other screens will even pop up static ads for products/films, with a little in-show advertising there that'll help supplement the costs to keep this ging for a week. But it all adds to the authenticity...

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Johnno, you obviously didn't see "FIRST!"

    by Snake Foreskin

    But I can't blame you. It was off-off-off-Broadway.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 4:08 p.m. CST

    No, ChimpKeeper, it's because he's

    by Subtitles_Off

    a preening ponce who never really does anything except show up for benefits holding his Versace bag up for the camera so they'll send him a new one. Geldof, Elton, George Harrison, Neil Young, Mellencamp --- those are the music guys who actually stand up for something.<P>Bono's the biggest poser this side of Springsteen.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Johnno, the big production number for

    by Subtitles_Off

    "Obitback" will have them leaking unleveed from the eyeholes.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 4:12 p.m. CST

    And the big dance show-stopper?

    by Subtitles_Off

    A buncha homos in leotards jazz-handing to "Bale...Professsshional!"

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 4:13 p.m. CST

    That Asian Mary Jane girl can seriously sing

    by mistergreen

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 4:14 p.m. CST

    That's right.

    by Subtitles_Off

    I'm leotardphobic.<P>I'm working on it.<P>Sha. Sha. What the FUKK are you doing? Sha. Sha We're turning off the dark. Sha. Sha. You're in my line of sight. Sha. Sha. Do something about this prick! Profess-shashashaaaaa-nal. Professional.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 4:16 p.m. CST

    "Turn off the Dark" = pretentious CRAP

    by Big Dumb Ape

    The very fact that they didn't simply call this SPIDER-MAN, but felt the need to give it a subtitle like "Turn off the Dark" should have been the immediate tip-off that this was going to be pretentious crap that would be...to use the vernacular of the day...an EPIC FAIL.<p>And I also call a bit of bullshit on the two sample reviews here, which seem a bit too fan geekish. Sure, they mention the preview's technical glitches, but they really don't go into them NEARLY to the level that the current NY POST review cites. And going by this review, from an actual Broadway reviewer, this show is a fuck-up of truly monumental proportions...<p>http://tinyurl.com/2wvl3es

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Live theater, including musicals, remains the one art-form

    by Subtitles_Off

    that professional critics can kill. Not tweeters or fanboys rushing to the internet to type "First!"<P>If the pros are calling the preview a disaster in the making, you can bank on it being a disaster.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 4:20 p.m. CST

    What's even MORE pathetic about this show?

    by Big Dumb Ape

    The fact that it cost $65 million (and has a $1 million per week operating cost) and yet for less than HALF the money and only using fucking puppets TEAM AMERICA is probably an infinitely more enjoyable experience, not to mention it had musical numbers that actually make you smile and were hummable!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Sounds a lot like having

    by 420 Boylston St

    your cake and eating it too. I think Disney would have been more in tuned to this kind of production. Lending a hand to the mold of the heroes journey and the mold of the antagonist. I would like to see the performers a lot younger and create a more vibrant world that is unique to the audience than something that appears to be the trademark of Sony Pictures.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 4:24 p.m. CST

    But puppets aren't IMMERSIVE, Ape!

    by Subtitles_Off

    The public demands the thrill-ride experience EVERYWHERE they go, right? I mean, come on. We gotta be more VISIONARY, here.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 4:32 p.m. CST

    What the fuck does Elton John stand for?

    by Monolith_Jones

    He'd do a song with anyone.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Fukk Elton John's post-70s music, but

    by Subtitles_Off

    in the late 80s, when hemophiliac Ryan White was suffering widespread school discrimination in my home state of Indiana, Elton John stood by that kid and his family and made sure they had every-fukken-thing they needed.<P>I don't care if Elton John moves in with Rush Limbaugh and has neo-con babies, he has my respect for that. It might seem like an obvious, little thing for some of you, but I was there.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 4:51 p.m. CST

    See, Rush Limbaugh can bear little neo-con babies.

    by Subtitles_Off

    'Cause he's a gash.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Subtitles_Off , that is a great thing.

    by Monolith_Jones

    I just hate that he did that performance with Eminem. It was so cynical on both parties part. The look on Eminem's face told you exactly how excited he was.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 5:07 p.m. CST

    What do you expect from this audience?

    by JulietsTeet

    You post a fucking review on a broadway show (albeit Spider-Man) and you expect glorious reviews? People complaining about $150 tickets obviously have no clue about Broadway. This same people complaining about it will be dragged there by their wives/girlfriends/mothers when they visit NY. It's the internet, everyone bitches.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Wolverine: The Musical!

    by Term66

    Songs by Lady GaGa and staring Glenn Danzig as Logan. It could work....

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Bono+The Edge+Taymor+Spider-Man = +300 Courics

    by workshed

    More crap. Again.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Corporate entertainment trying to substitute spectacle for story

    by BurnHollywood

    ...And getting burned again, just in a different medium.<p> Record foreclosures, 9.6% unemployment (actually 17% underemployed), and the elite are blowing $65m on this stupid shit for $150 tickets. Bread and circuses, anyone?

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 5:35 p.m. CST

    ...professional critics should be able to smother...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...any piece of art in the cradle...not just theater.<P> Everything should be run top down by full-time jawless eunuchs on the sidelines.<P> This show in particular needs to be stifled as soon as possible. The director of FRIDA needs to be taught a hard lesson in humility, homophobic comic book fans are the perfect instrument of instruction.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 5:38 p.m. CST

    ...uh, Burn...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...you realize that money ends up going to set designers, technicians, designers, choreographers, carpenters etc...right?<P> Just consider it a stimulus package.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 5:48 p.m. CST

    FlickaPoo

    by BurnHollywood

    It's "stimulus" to the already wealthy, entrenched and connected, which is the problem with all the so-called stimulus going around these days...if you want to make a difference, hire the existing unemployed, not feather the nests of the status quo.<p> And I don't know if you caught the NYPost review, but the grumbling wasn't all "top down".

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Jonesy, you think Eminem was bad?

    by Subtitles_Off

    You should hear how Elton has turned Leon Russell into an over-produced middle-of-the-roader on their latest album.<P>On second thought, no you shouldn't. It'll make your ears cry.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 6:03 p.m. CST

    We are dangerously close to the Lucas-approved SW musical.

    by AzulTool

    Just don't dedicate to Kershner you fucking penis!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Besides, Eminem?

    by Subtitles_Off

    That Butthole was born with a poo face.<P> Mommy Eminem to Granny Eminem: "Isn't he sooo cute? He's just like a bag of candy-covered chocolates! Oh yes he is! Mommy, just wuvs him sooo much."<P>Granny Eminem: "Oh, he looks just like your father."<P>Baby Eminem: "Shut yo hole, Ol' Lady. I am not no goochy-goochy fag! I wear my diaper around my junk. I'm gansta, bitch! I'll smack you!"

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Still no Goldblum obituary?

    by Subtitles_Off

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Jeff Goldblum's dignity 1979 - 2004

    by AzulTool

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 6:34 p.m. CST

    "The audience felt like they were guinea pigs"

    by slone13

    That's exactly what a preview audience is. A theater full of guinea pigs.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:09 p.m. CST

    I can't wait for "HULK! The Musical"!

    by L.H.Puttgrass

    125 million dollars of Amazing! <p> The Hulk will end a dramatic rendition of "It Ain't Easy Being Green" by slamming both his fists down into the stage and sending the entire audience 50 feet into the air in hydrolically activated seats! <p> BOOOOOMMM!!! <p> WHHHHEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! <p> Damn! I wanna pay some cash money for that!!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:52 p.m. CST

    EEK! I need an edit function.

    by L.H.Puttgrass

    It must be the tryptophan. <p> Hydraulically. It's a woid.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:15 p.m. CST

    And this is why I don't see Broadway musicals!

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:16 p.m. CST

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:20 p.m. CST

    J. Jonah Jameson was right! SPIDER-MAN is a musical menace!!!

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:46 p.m. CST

    LOl nah Eminem looked like he just got cooties.

    by Monolith_Jones

    Like he thought gay was spreadable through prolonged contact.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Bob Dylan to write Batman Production

    by seansarto

    Is Ireland's economy invested in this production?.....Yeah an dwhat is with the revisionism? The Clockwork Orange Production was also a huge bomb and U2's foray into theater..and yet, this is their first time doing theater productions?...Bono and Edge have become awful shills of pop heroism and bluster...

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:08 p.m. CST

    And this is why that Highlander musical never happened.

    by Paul T. Ryan

    Thank God.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:41 p.m. CST

    Jonnytheater

    by jonno333

    Thanks for posting my review, Harry, which I wrote directly after seeing it and still too tired to spellcheck. I am someone who goes to the theater a lot and really wanted to give the show a chance. Julie Taymor cowrote the book, which is never a good thing, because who's gonna tell you the story and dialogue are shit? They had months to work on this show, and it should have been awesome. Visually it was pretty cool, but without any emotional connection to the characters, who cares? There was no thought put into the Peter/ Mary Jane relationship, and the ridiculous villains that appeared in the second half were there to showcase Taymor's costume designs and goofy oversized head masks. The villians dissapeared as soon as they were introduced, and the whole show took on a campy "Batman Forever' feel by the end. I stupidly paid $140 bucks a ticket to see that piece of crap, and today I went to the box office to get my money back, because even though I saw a 3 hour and 15 minute show, it was interrupted 5 times for tech probs and both the first and second act finales were ruined either with tech glitches or crappy endings. Julie Taymor was sitting behind my friend and seemed confused why people didnt think it was brilliant and became furious when the heckler made that remark. For a show that will cost nearly 1 million a week to run, I dont think this will last for very long. Too bad. I think it could have been great onstage. What I saw last night was more like a Theme Park Live show. When I returned to the box office today to attempt a refund I was referred to the production manager, and was baffled to see lots of people their buying tickets to future shows. I guess bad press has made some people morbidly curious at how bad it could possibly be. In any case, I will be trying to get my money back, and although I doubt I will, I would advise any of you who do want to see it to wait at least till after it opens. They may be able to fix some of it, but with a script and story as bad as that, I don't know how much can be corrected now.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 2:21 a.m. CST

    You have gone insane yeap its ofitial

    by pauduro

    "not a disaster - needs a little tweaking? Amazing Aerials!" Sir you have lost al credibility with this remember when you were a real critic??? yea me nether

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 2:27 a.m. CST

    U2 playing an extended version of Boy Falls From the Sky

    by Oski

    http://tinyurl.com/2ayfkv2 Here is a vid of the star singing it a while back: http://tinyurl.com/3942r6r

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 2:34 a.m. CST

    This is why terrorists hate the US

    by Tall_Boy66

    Because of excess and gluttonous crap like this. Multi-millionaires piss away 100 million dollars on a fucking Spider-Man musical.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 3:43 a.m. CST

    jonno333

    by brabon300

    are new yorkers so flush with caishe, that they would be willing to shell out dough to see something that is so bad...it is good?<p>as has been noted by a few on here, the "death of gwen stacy" arc, could easily be made into a brilliant broadway show...as it has everything<p>personally, i like the original vulture one shot...extended into "what makes an octogenarian want to become a super criminal"<p>seems taymor spent no time researching into the original source material, and used the cartoons and live action films as her source material....big mistake<p>and do they refund previews if there are tons of glitches? cuz i thought the audience understands that the show is in flux, and you get what you pay for

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 7:30 a.m. CST

    BrainDrain

    by MrMysteryGuest

    Oh, I can afford to go to a Broadway show if I bought discounted tickets through TKTS. I just tend to avoid musicals (in general, not just SPIDER-MAN) that take the original source material and twist it to its own bizarre ends! I had a bad feeling about this musical when it was first announced, and I'm still having it now! I don't recall Greek mythological figures in the original comic book; does anybody? Really?!?

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 7:31 a.m. CST

    BrainDrain

    by MrMysteryGuest

    Oh, I can afford to go to a Broadway show if I bought discounted tickets through TKTS. I just tend to avoid musicals (in general, not just SPIDER-MAN) that take the original source material and twist it to its own bizarre ends! I had a bad feeling about this musical when it was first announced, and I'm still having it now! I don't recall Greek mythological figures in the original comic book; does anybody? Really?!?

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Oops! Double post! Sorry!

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 8:03 a.m. CST

    t off the d

    by mrsheldrake

    reminds me a little too much of a Rod McKuen title like "Listen to the Warm". Turn on the taste.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Will Todd McFarlane

    by HapaPapa72

    Try to cash in on his "Rise Above" theme that they put into one song? This whole thing is weird, but hey---nice to see someone trying something different. And it's nice to see a living breathing Spidey swinging around(sort of) rather than some rubbery CGI Spidey.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 9:36 a.m. CST

    60 Million dollar TURD. Too GAY for my gay pals, lol

    by the Green Gargantua

    serious, this should be a mokumentary

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 10:21 a.m. CST

    This show will close after the premiere performance...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...wherein one of Swiss Miss' boots flies off during a dance number, creating a catastrophic chain of increasingly disastrous events that ends up slaughtering the entire cast, crew and audience, not unlike the dance contest episode of South Park where a similar fate happens to Butters.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Who the hell pays to sit through a preview? Idiots!

    by Snake Foreskin

    People paid big bucks to sit through three and a half hours of broken sets, wire work problems and a plethora of other issues. This should've been a FREE showing. When things are running so poorly, you don't expect the public to pay for the privelege of watching your incompetence. At least that is what a sane person's expectations should be. Taymor and the others are apparently not members of the human race any more.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 11:26 a.m. CST

    "duel", not "dual" (in JonnyTheater's review)

    by jawsfan

    really.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Natalie Mendoza's in this? NOW I'm interested

    by jawsfan

    She a hottie. She was in the two "Descent" films. She's limber as hell, cute as hell, fit as hell, and I'd sit at the stage door of the Foxwoods to see her.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 3:38 p.m. CST

    1 mil in tickets sold since preview

    by brabon300

    guess people are willing to pay to watch a spectacle

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 1:47 a.m. CST

    Zorro: The Musical

    by Mosquito March

    Saw it in London in 2008, and it was fun as hell. Great fight scenes and whip-swinging, great performances, a soundtrack by the Gypsy Kings, and a smoking hot lead actress who got butt naked on stage. Bring THAT to Broadway.