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SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK Opening Delayed Again

Published at: March 8, 2011, 8:38 p.m. CST by Nordling

Nordling here.

Apparently all the critical reviews, the injured cast members, the hiring of a new creative team, and various other problems behind the scenes have ensured that SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK will move its opening date yet again, at least three months more, according to the New York Times.

The press representative of the show, Rick Miramontez, said in a statement that "Opening night remains scheduled for March 15th," but I went to the Ticketmaster website and the status of the show for that night says Canceled.  So in this instance I think the New York Times has it right.

There's also a real possibility that Julie Taymor may be replaced as the director, according to the article.  There may be conflicts with her, the producers, and the new creative staff behind the scenes.  A lot of money has been spent on this so far and it doesn't look like it's going to end soon.  Still the show is selling tickets hand over fist, if for nothing else possibly morbid curiosity, or maybe the show is striking a chord with the audience, something the critics may have not expected.

I really hope the show gets its problems worked out.  I want to see a terrific adaptation of the Spider-Man story.  I'm still going next week, unless the show gets canceled, and will report back on what I see.  I have high hopes for it.  Maybe the musical will be awful, but it'll be an experience worth having, in my opinion.  I also hope Julie Taymor remains as a director.  I think as a director she has an uncompromising vision and I don't care, I love Bono and the Edge too.  Again, I may be overly optimistic, but that's my nature.

Nordling, out.

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  • March 8, 2011, 8:39 p.m. CST

    End this thing..

    by SwedishChef

    just ...wow...

  • March 8, 2011, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Finally

    by SwedishChef

    I am first....Finally...hahahaha

  • March 8, 2011, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Looks like I better go soon...

    by Blanket-Man

    Not sure how long this train wreck is gonna run. I love all things Spidey, so I've gotta see him swinging over my head in a Broadway theater, no matter how awful the surrounding story, acting, songs, and costumes may be...

  • March 8, 2011, 8:45 p.m. CST

    I agree...just end it.

    by Darth_Kaos

    It was a stupid concept from the get-go, and Julie Taymor knew nothing about the characters, yet she co-wrote the book and Directed. I've said it once and a thousand times, Taymor is the Bret Ratner of the Theatre. She sucks, she's overrated....style over substance. Good riddance! CLOSE THE SHOW, FOR CHRIST SAKES!

  • March 8, 2011, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Keep Julie ...

    by oatmeal2348

    But only as artistic director. I have a good friend who went to see this. She told me it was visually amazing, but the story was confusing and the songs unmemorable. Bring in Menken and Elton John to smarten up the songbook and there might be something salvageable.

  • March 8, 2011, 8:47 p.m. CST

    It's obvious that this productio..

    by JZM

    was not meant to be, it's time for the people who invested in this to cut their losses and move on.

  • March 8, 2011, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Someone will die because of this shitshow.

    by DiscoGodfather

    Either by accidental injury, or suicide of an investor who lost his/her ass on it. Mark my words.

  • March 8, 2011, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Just stick a fucking fork in it

    by lock67ca

    This thing is never going to be seen as anything more than a punchline to a bad joke. A very expensive bad joke.

  • March 8, 2011, 8:51 p.m. CST

    This whole thing will make a great movie in 10 years.

    by Sardonic

  • March 8, 2011, 8:51 p.m. CST

    The calls to "just end this thing"...

    by Blanket-Man

    Are going to fall on deaf ears as long as it keeps selling tickets like it has been. Imagine how sales would be if it were any good! Maybe they'll hire a replacement director who actually knows something about Spider-Man, do some major tweaking, and put out a decent product in June. It could happen!

  • March 8, 2011, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Will someone please stick a fork in this thing...

    by Toruk_Makto

    A Spider-Pig musical would be more entertaining. Oh, and Peter David...I don't have to see it to know it sucks.

  • March 8, 2011, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Bono and Edge are Egotististical

    by D o o d

    and not that good! Overhype is the word I'd use!

  • March 8, 2011, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Wait,WTF,you guys are reporting on plays? WTF?

    by frank

  • March 8, 2011, 9 p.m. CST

    Ok seriously,WTF,I hear CATS could make a come back

    by frank

  • March 8, 2011, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Make it a burlesque instead of a broadway play

    by KilliK

    at least it will guarantee butts on those seats.

  • March 8, 2011, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Spider-man, Spider-man

    by Fuzzyjefe

    Does whatever a spider can! Spins a web any size! This thing won't close 'til someone DIES! He-ey-ey.... I gots tickets to SPIDER-MAAAAAN! Two! Two here for SPIDER-MAN, ALL BETS ARE OFF! Anyone for two.....?

  • March 8, 2011, 9:10 p.m. CST

    They can afford to tweak it longer as opposed to a movie

    by Terrence

    You only get one shot with the latter, but Broadway shows, those things can run for a long ass time.

  • March 8, 2011, 9:11 p.m. CST

    Who's funding this thing?

    by YackBacker

    I'd be interested to know.

  • March 8, 2011, 9:13 p.m. CST

    ughh

    by elsewhere

    Every god damn time I see Spider-Man posted on AICN, I assume it has to do with Mark Webb's movie only for it to be about this train wreck.

  • March 8, 2011, 9:21 p.m. CST

    I agree - make a movie about this whole fiasco

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    Seriously, who thought this thing was good even from the first concept? Spider-Man: The Musical? It was a punchline then, and now it's the world's biggest joke! But they could totally turn this venture into a great farcical comedy a la The Producers. I'd say the idea of Spider-Man: The Musical is right on par with "Springtime For Hitler"

  • March 8, 2011, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Too much $$$ has been invested for them to just "end it"

    by Dr. Egon Spengler

    I am, however, getting my wish to see this thing fail. FAIL! FAIL! FAIL! Every hack involved deserves to fail. Next time, try respecting the character and source material a little more, and you won't end up with such a clusterfuck.

  • March 8, 2011, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Opening would be 'cancelled' to the public

    by GimmeABreak

    On any ticket site, the official opening night of a Broadway show would not be sold publicly, therefore the 8pm (or whatever time) March 15th time would yes, have been canceled, then replaced with an invite-only 7pm Opening night performance.

  • March 8, 2011, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Conan O'Brien's Spiderman musical was better anyway.

    by JudasPriestly

    So much better than the last three movies...

  • March 8, 2011, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Why not get . . .

    by Nick

    Sam Raimi to direct it? He's proven his love for melding both Spiderman and musical numbers into one effort in the past.

  • March 8, 2011, 9:35 p.m. CST

    It's kinda sad that no matter how much they improve it

    by Jet Jaguar

    It's likely that the song audience members most likely will be humming as they leave the theatre won't be anything from the production, it'll be the 1960's cartoon theme. Up your game, guys. Try to come up with a song more iconic than that.

  • March 8, 2011, 9:36 p.m. CST

    half assed article

    by Phategod100

    Is it post poned or not was the point of the Article that the play might be postponed because ticketmaster didn't have tickets? Cause some shoddy reporting.

  • March 8, 2011, 9:38 p.m. CST

    And yet, this thing is the highest-grossing show on Broadway.

    by D Ropaela

    I say let it keep running as is. Let it be the most glorious catastrophe running.

  • March 8, 2011, 9:53 p.m. CST

    This thing isn't happening

    by Transhuman

    not looking good for Bono

  • March 8, 2011, 10 p.m. CST

    Inside info...

    by corplhicks

    I know someone whose significant other is one of the stars-- basically the problem is that the first half is very good, while the second half is very very weak. The second half needs to be re-written. The safety issues are OK now, it's the actual script. It is going to take a significant re-tooling of half of this show which will take months to write and choreograph etc... It has excellent potential.

  • March 8, 2011, 10:01 p.m. CST

    No one is going to "end it" at this point

    by corplhicks

    No, that won't happen, but it will take a significant effort to get it ready.

  • March 8, 2011, 10:01 p.m. CST

    meanwhile, enough of this crap....

    by corplhicks

    I want a real, detailed, spoiler-rich review of Battle: LA

  • March 8, 2011, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Don't you guys see?

    by Benovite1

    This thing takes The Producers concept one step further! Instead of making more money as a flop, it'll make even more loot by not even opening! Duh

  • Make some money off of this fiasco and you can reach a much wider audience too

  • March 8, 2011, 11:25 p.m. CST

    You know, some formats just cannot be adapted to certain other formats...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...superheroes-to-lavish Broadway musical being a prime example of that universal artistic law.

  • March 8, 2011, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Battle: LA I think is one of those projects down the memory hole here at AICN...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...Maybe I'm wrong, but there's been nary a mention of it in awhile. Maybe I'm wrong, whatever. I'm sort of getting a nagging "suck alert" on it lately the more trailers I've seen.

  • March 8, 2011, 11:54 p.m. CST

    Have you seen "Spider Man: The Musical"

    by Gozu

  • Just curious.

  • March 8, 2011, 11:59 p.m. CST

    face fucking stunt men

    by CT1

    on wires

  • March 9, 2011, 12:09 a.m. CST

    This is just a joke at this point.

    by the_patriot

    This idiotic mess of a show makes the production troubles on Exorcist: The Beginning look like a professional production. People aren't paying to see the show at this point - it's like NASCAR. They're going in the hopes that they'll see another accident, disaster, or just outright meltdown.

  • March 9, 2011, 12:15 a.m. CST

    Charlie Sheen: The Musical...

    by The Dum Guy

    I'd watch it.

  • March 9, 2011, 12:57 a.m. CST

    Julie Taymor is a genius!

    by darth_hideous

    I'm just not sure at what

  • March 9, 2011, 1:16 a.m. CST

    At least these are real stunts and not CGI

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    Lame as the story was, is, or will be, haters have to give them some credit for having real people doing these stunts. I'm not quite against all the CGI we're seeing in movies today (I do that kind of work) but the visceral thrill is waning (the parkour scene in Casino Royale notwithstanding). It's refreshing to know that there is a show that is going to this extreme and an audience that is appreciating it. Would I see it? I'm on the west coast but would if I could.

  • March 9, 2011, 1:23 a.m. CST

    they might as well really go dark

    by john

    if what is going to happen is going to happen...they will be rewriting most of the songs (sorry bono, you aint no danny elfman), rewriting most of the book, restaging most of the stunts shut down for two months with a brand new production, they will get great repeat biz so who are the geniuses that bankrolled this pos

  • March 9, 2011, 1:24 a.m. CST

    Agree with one live satellite show, then to disc

    by justmyluck

    The life you save may be your own.

  • March 9, 2011, 1:26 a.m. CST

    can i explain what the biggest problem with the show is?

    by john

    most broadway shows make most of their money with touring companies this show can never tour....unless they create a special cirque du soleil kind of thing so no matter what they do with it...it will ultimately be a bust

  • March 9, 2011, 2:04 a.m. CST

    Doctor Doom was interviewed about the show in this week's Entertainment Weekly

    by CHRISTIAN_BALE_TRASHED_MY_LIGHTS

    Surprisingly, he believes that the show is "Dooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooomed".

  • March 9, 2011, 2:30 a.m. CST

    How about a Wolverine musical?

    by eveelcapitalist

    Wolverine: Snikt, Bub! The story of a man bitten by a radioactive Canadian and gaining the proportional strength and agility of a lumberjack and hold down twice his body weight in whiskey.

  • March 9, 2011, 2:40 a.m. CST

    Combine This With "Carrie: The Musical"

    by bobbyjoe

    Scene One: Spidey: My show's flopping. And in high school, I got bitten by a radioactive spider. Carrie: Poor you. My show flopped, and in high school I got a bucket of pig's blood dumped on me at the prom. Spidey: Oh, boo hoo. My Uncle Ben was killed by a robber. Carrie: Oh, yeah? Well, I killed my mom with flying, telekenetically propelled knives. [Music begins, as Spidey and Carrie begin to sing the show's first song, "I Can Top That."]

  • March 9, 2011, 2:42 a.m. CST

    There is no fixing this mess.

    by spicy-mag.com

    I saw it. The show BLOWS. The writer has no fucking clue what Spider-man is about. The first act is based on the first Raimi movie, which was a watered down version of the comic to begin with. Then it just gets worse and worse. A Spider goddess named Arachna is the main villian, gives Peter his costume, and powers? wha !? The music SUCKS. Not memorable at all. Kind of important when YOU MAKE A MUSICAL. And the stunts are a joke. It's a guy in a harness doing laps over the audience. The worst Cirque De Sole number is better then this.

  • March 9, 2011, 2:49 a.m. CST

    The best thing for Taymor

    by kwisatzhaderach

    would be for her to be fired. This thing is tanking her career.

  • March 9, 2011, 2:57 a.m. CST

    SHUT UUUUUUP! SHUT UP!

    by William

    Oh my GOD I don't care!!!

  • March 9, 2011, 3:25 a.m. CST

    Fuck You Nordling What are you thinking

    by skrullking85

    Fuck You Nordling...fuck you so hard. I am SO sick of people giving this play the benefit of the doubt. This is not something that is just opening, this has been out for months, gotten the worst reviews of any show ever, almost KILLED several actors...what the fuck are you expecting?? Personally I am so sick of hearing about this stupid play and reading about it. You want Julie Taymor to stay on although you clearly know nothing about the production...why? so she can finally go through with it and achieve her goal of actually murdering someone onstage in what I can only assume to be some Satanic ritual? This is just insane that you have this bizarre, naive, pre-pubescent optimism about the show. Your blindlessness to EVERY FUCKING REVIEW EVER shows a HUGE journalistic failure. This is a bizaree puff piece for the biggest disaster in theater. I'm ashamed to have read this.

  • March 9, 2011, 3:33 a.m. CST

    Springtime... for Spidey... in the Cityyyyy!

    by JackPumpkinhead

    Oh, Max, you crazy rogue, you.

  • March 9, 2011, 3:39 a.m. CST

    It's Obvious This Writer Knows Nothing About Spider-Man

    by Kristar229

    Is Nordling serious? From the tone of his review, he has never done the following: 1) Read a Spider-Man comic 2) Seen the Spider-Man movies 3) Seen a Broadway play in his life 4) Seen, heard or read any piece of television, movie or literature ever. Is THIS journalistic integrity at its best? Why does this article exist? Is he sucking Julie's cock or something? I also think it's hysterical and sad he is not responding at all to the comments in the talkback. I seriously hope this job is a volunteer basis and he isnt paid for this. What an embarrassing display of how people try to finagle free tickets. Hope it worked! Watch out for any actors who might fall on you during the production! Jesus...

  • March 9, 2011, 5:14 a.m. CST

    C'mon guys!! Lets give it a chance!

    by BookhouseBoy

    Having said that...Fuck this play!

  • So that we can all discuss it. I'm dead serious. Post an article about your time in the Big City.

  • March 9, 2011, 5:50 a.m. CST

    Of course they'll tour it, THAT ALSO WHY ITS DELAYED

    by quantize

    As if they won't tour it...they'll work out a way to make that money back, you can be sure of that

  • March 9, 2011, 7:23 a.m. CST

    ZOMG!!! Say it AIN'T SO!! O.O

    by LargoJr

    This abominable piece of shit is STILL getting page space on this site? Seriously.. WTF???

  • March 9, 2011, 7:31 a.m. CST

    Still have tickets for April 16th...

    by tonagan

    Wondering if I get my money back or have to sit through a buggy, potentially dangerous, preview. I don't want my obituary to say I was killed by a prop from Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.

  • March 9, 2011, 7:36 a.m. CST

    gozu

    by fpuk99

    You sir are a moron. Someone doesn't have to experience something to have a valid opinion about it, that's why we interact, and share, with others. If you got out a bit more and actually had some friends / opened your eyes / embraced the views of others, you would realise this.

  • March 9, 2011, 7:49 a.m. CST

    by lunalu

    I have been following this debacle since the beginning because I am a huge Broadway junkie and a comic book geek. The thought of putting the two together made me shudder. Not only are they cancelling 2-3 weeks of performances, the show is now opening in June. I seriously doubt that this show, if it ever does open, will last very long. Right now people are going to see it because of all the hype, not because it is good. When the New York Times calls you the worst musical in history, you need to listen. Instead, Julie Taymor's inflated ego controls everything. Management is trying to work out a deal to keep the show going, but get rid of Taymor. At this point, she is detrimental to the production. They are also trying to bring in a new director and someone to rewrite the book. I really hope the whole shoe sequence gets the ax. It's an insult to women to think that the only way we would be interested in something comic book related is if there was shopping involved. Apparently no women could possibly like something on its merit alone. As for touring, that is the ultimate goal, but the problem lies in not being able to get it set in one theater much less make it an active travelling show.

  • I don't care how long it takes! I don't care how much it costs! I don't care how many actors, actresses, and audience members get hurt! We will take as much time as we need to get this show ready! We will work 24 hours a day, and 7 days a week! I don't care if it takes 3 more months, 6 more months, or even another fucking year! THIS SHOW WILL GO ON PERFECTLY! DO YOU HEAR ME?!?!?!

  • March 9, 2011, 8:28 a.m. CST

    brilliant marketing

    by Rupee88

    It's working the show and the snow is breaking box office records..how is that a "fiasco" or a "catastrophe"? Since when does it matter if it is good or not, to you, or anyone else. Spider-Man the brand, marketed this way, brings in big box office and the people behind this show are apparently smarter than you...because you are all fooled.

  • March 9, 2011, 8:31 a.m. CST

    his show is already making a lot of money

    by Ye Not Guilty

    It is selling tickets like hotcakes. Not going tone shut down, I think. Still, I wonder why it has all these problems when Cirque du soleil puts on dozens of shows every day in Vegas? They should have this shit figured out by now.

  • March 9, 2011, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Chuckwalla, that was REAL parkour in Casino Royale

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    The guy Bond chased was played by Sébastien Foucan, one of the founders of l'art du déplacement though his philosophy later went in a different direction and grew to be called "freerunning".

  • March 9, 2011, 8:40 a.m. CST

    ahole ramirez, watching Battle: LA in LA would be awesome...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...even if Battle: LA sucks. If it succeeds though and there's sequels, like Battle: NYC or Battle: Atlanta or Battle: Moscow or even Battle: Schenectady, maybe you can see them all in their corresponding cities, too.

  • March 9, 2011, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Has anyone seen the show?

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    Just wondering if it's even lamer and gayer than what "500 Days of Amazing Twilighter-Man" is probably going to turn out to be.

  • March 9, 2011, 8:44 a.m. CST

    I'm left with a fly swatter from the Fly opera

    by Brannagins Law

    wonder what household memorabilia they'll have for this

  • March 9, 2011, 8:45 a.m. CST

    cnn is reporting taymor has been fired.

    by vulturess

  • March 9, 2011, 8:58 a.m. CST

    i will file this one under "n" for....

    by VonThunderballs

    not giving a shit. honestly, i like stage productions, but wtf are they making so much fuss over a spiderman musical for? i like the source material and all, but i just don't get it.

  • March 9, 2011, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Nordling! Bono will be at one of the shows this weekend...

    by Shut_the_Fuck_Up_Bruce

    What day are you going? My wife and I are going on Sunday, the 13th.

  • March 9, 2011, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Will this show ever open?

    by AsimovLives

  • March 9, 2011, 10:12 a.m. CST

    this is the broadway equivalent of the Bradley fighting vehicle

    by spidercoz

    over designed and under thought, destined to go down as the most successful failure in history

  • March 9, 2011, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Remember, Taymor basically conceived this show on a dare.

    by jawsfan

    Someone she was talking to (or someone she was reading about) basically said that a Broadway musical about a comic book superhero would be unstageable. So she took it upon herself to wring her hands together and say, "Oh yeah, well watch me try!" Now whoever thought Bono and The Edge would be good songwriters for a Broadway show should have his or her head examined. Rock music and theater music are completely different animals ("jukebox" musicals notwithstanding). An earlier poster was right -- it will continue to do boffo box office so long as there is a perceived element of danger to the show and/or so long as the mere mention of the show is scandalous or elicits giggles. Once the show is "locked" the morbid curiosity will die off. This show is doomed.

  • March 9, 2011, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Just put it out of its misery whydontcha

    by kafka07

  • March 9, 2011, 11:12 a.m. CST

    RESPECT FOR FIXING SHOW

    by BranMakMorn

    No worthwhile creative talent is going to listen to the frightened responses of "end this now", they have heard that cry all their lives. Usually from mediocre wannabe lesser talents who are too scared to go out on the limb themselves. Sticking it in their pieholes is part of what fuels great talent. Secondly, no investor will kill a show that is MAKING money. All we get is squirrelly anxiety fueled responses rather than at the very least giving the show the respect that for once they are still willing to fine tune it even if they really do not have to at the moment. They can just keep ca$hing in. Seems the masses are fine with the previews, they just want to see Spider-Man live. How times do we get that attention in films or tv? TV execs cancel shows that are actually GOOD and never give them the chance.

  • March 9, 2011, 11:47 a.m. CST

    New York Times just reported Julie Taymor has quit the production.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    Apparently she's fed up and wants to distance herself from this trainwreck at this point. Of course, there's a fine line between quitting and getting fired. The producers/investors want this work no matter what they have to do since they stand to lose a lot of money if it finally fails. I'm also hearing that Bono and the Edge might bail too since they were so closely united with Taymor, so the all the music might be changed as well. Look for a delay of at least six months instead of three if all of this is true.

  • I think Fergie and Will-I-Am would be a better fit for the Spider-Man musical anyway. Since all of the music is being changed, they might as well change the entire show too and start over from the beginning. Expect a delay of at least a year, maybe two...

  • March 10, 2011, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Someday a movie will be made of this whole trainwreck.

    by Yamato

    Should have just gotten Roger De Bris to direct and make Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark as gay as possible.

  • March 10, 2011, 6:15 a.m. CST

    Oh, Puh-LEASE!

    by ninpobugei

    Who cares what these Broadway-types think or produce. They're a bunch of artsy-fartsy primadonnas trying to hone in on a market for which they haven't a clue. The only reason people are seeing this train wreck is for the same reason that people rubberneck at accidents - the voyeuristic need to see the dead body. This one is - rightfully so - D.O.A.

  • March 10, 2011, 4:28 p.m. CST

    benovite1 you got the right idea...

    by Ruester

    I would rather explain how I got shot as opposed to how I not only got talked into, but seriously injured myself doing a performance for a bunch of rich, pseudo artsy assholes who think if Bono is involved, it has to be good. People who would rather watch a terrible Broadway musical interpretation of something they could have spent 4 bucks at a newsstand or wikipedia to experience and at least be able to understand what the fuck is going on. Yet, SyFy is still peddling this fucking thing like its the greatest thing since Cats. Fuck em. Train wreck? Try coat hanger aborted 9/11.

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