A couple of days ago I went to pick up a paper (yes they still exist) low and behold on the front page was a Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark review. Now I was under the impression that it wasn’t coming out until March. I guess if you were lucky enough to go see it early you got tell everyone about it. Well that got me thinking. What were people saying about it. So here are a few reviews from the major outlets around us.
The New York Times: Nothing looks truly new, including the much-vaunted flying sequences in which some poor sap is strapped into an all-too-visible harness and hoisted uneasily above the audience. (Aren’t they doing just that across the street in “Mary Poppins”?) This is especially unfortunate, since Ms. Taymor and her collaborators have spoken frequently about blazing new frontiers with “Spider-Man,” of venturing where no theater artist (pardon me, I mean artiste) has dared to venture before.
NY Daily News: What I saw is a big production going in too many directions and in need of a lot of work to make it entertaining, satisfying and understandable.
New York Post: A breathtakingly beautiful scene is followed by a laughable one. The flying sequences can be thrilling, as when Spider-man first takes off over the orchestra; other times, they look barely good enough for Six Flags, the harnesses making the movements clunky. Here, as impressive as the flying is, the wires are all too visible. They’re meant to make the character s soar, but they keep the audience tethered to the ground.
They weren’t all bad. Just most of them but here are a few that actually liked it.
USA Today: The $65 million collaboration between US’s Bono and The Edge and celebrated director Julie Taymor has seen its opening pushed back several times. Injuries also have made news, not to mention comic monologues. What has been less widely reported is this: Beyond the offstage drama and lavish budget, and all the feats and flash accompanying them, lies an endearingly old-fashioned musical. For more, tune in again in March. But know this for now: Spider-Man’s creative team is trying to bring musical theater back to the future. And that’s a mission worth rooting for.
IGN: There’s plenty that’s wrong with Julie Taymor’s Spider-Man Broadway show, but for the fanboys of the world there’s even more that’s right about it. That is, if they’re willing to look past their comic books and games and Blu-rays for a spell in order to partake in Taymor’s beautiful interpretation of our beloved wallcrawler.
It seems as though all of this hoopla surrounding this production hasn’t slowed down demand for tickets. With so many bad reviews, is Spider-Man’s name enough to keep viewers coming? Hearing all of that I find myself more intrigued then ever. Go figure. Good or bad this show is almost a must see now.
Spidey on Broadway
Spider-Man – Green Goblin – Mary Jane