Previews for Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark are scheduled to begin this Friday but, if you can believe it, the big budget Broadway musical was *still* dealing with safety issues just last weekend! The official opening night of the show has already been pushed back to January but, ready or not, the show will go on this week … or so they say. The New York Times brings us our first real look at the show with the release of new photos from the production. We may have gotten our real first look at the show back in August but today we get to see some of the players, Spider-Man included, on the actual stage:
Nine years in the making, the moment came on Saturday to try running through the first act of the new musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” without stopping … In the last week, the nervous creators of the show, the most expensive in Broadway history, have begun to see the hand-drawn sketches, the digitally animated videos, the comic-book-inspired costumes come to life — to see “Spider-Man” finally, literally, take flight. “Creating art that has never been done before is the reason I get out of bed in the morning,” said Bono, leaning forward in Row A on the aisle, as Reeve Carney, playing Spidey, rehearsed onstage. “This feels like it.” Yet time is running out. At the creators’ last dinner on Friday night before Bono and the Edge left for a U2 tour in Australia, Bono said bluntly that the show “won’t get out of the gate” and have a chance to catch on with audiences if technical problems persist, as they have in rehearsals … Every week’s delay eats up to $2 million in lost revenue and, especially, higher expenses for technical rehearsals that require additional crew members. But Ms. Taymor said she hoped that those who bought tickets to preview performances, many of which have been offered at reduced prices, will “get to enjoy the art of making theater, as well as the magic of it.” Ms. Taymor has shielded that magic, as well as most other details of the show, from public view for years now … “What I really wanted to do, and what the ‘Spider-Man’ movies and comics haven’t done, is go to this absolutely fantastical, mythic place that is out of time, somewhere between reality and the dream world,” she said. And where the fits and the starts have occurred. At the Act I run-through, as Ms. Mendoza’s Arachne began descending, her spider-legged costume came undone because of a malfunction. Ms. Mendoza was hoisted back aloft; about 20 minutes later, the scene unfolded without incident.
The rest of this excellent NYT article can be read HERE. For the most part, the show sounds amazing … but if they cannot get the technical aspects down pat AND ensure the safety of the players and the audience, then the show is DOOMED. I suspect once the show opens to previews, there will undoubtedly be some technical problems (after all, all Broadway shows have technical problems). But Spider-Man‘s problems will sound even more severe because of all the hype … which could, eventually, sink the show. I want to see it. I’m hoping they manage to keep the show going long enough for me to be able to see it for myself. After the jump, check out a newly released preview video that shows behind the scenes footage from Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark … More »