Here at ComicsAlliance, we've been eagerly anticipating the release of Broadway's Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark musical since we first heard that amazingly terrible title, and this weekend the moment came that we've been waiting for: The very first preview performance.
Opening night is still a few weeks away -- barring any further delays like the ones that kept it from opening as planned last February, it'll hit the stage for real on January 11 -- but yesterday's preview was open to both the public and the press. Sadly, I wasn't able to attend, but as is always the case with headline-making events, The New York Times was there with an article that might just end up being a late favorite for the funniest thing to hit newspapers all year.
Seriously, this thing paints a picture of a theatrical train wreck so amazing that it might as well have been written by J. Jonah Jameson himself. If you're a fan of schadenfreude, and believe me, I am, the whole thing's worth a read, but for the high points, here are my ten favorite quotes:
Through all of its problems over the past year or so, Spidey fans have been champing at the bit for just a little hope that Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark will be ANY good. At this point previews of the show's cast, music and costumes have all proven nothing short of polarizing, but could the $60
In what is certainly not a PR move designed to deflect attention away from the horrific injuries and other safety concerns surrounding Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, producers of the insanely expensive (a record-setting $60 million) Broadway musical have released to Vogue magazine a series of fairly pricey-looking images by renowned bankrupt photographer Annie Liebovitz. The pictures feature the main cast in elaborate costumes and surreal environments, and contain our first look at the
For comics fans, it's bizarre enough that there's a Broadway musical about Spider-Man with music by U2. But for U2 fans, that the biggest band in the world has written a Broadway musical about Spider-Man must be even weirder
After more than three years of stops and starts, cast members being announced and dropping out, and rumors of wildly escalating production costs that would've eighty-sixed a lesser musical, it looks as though "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" is finally swinging on over to New York's Great White Way.
According to a report that comes to us via the "L.A. Times," Broadway's Spider-Man-inspired musical is set
It looks like the lights are indeed back on for Spider-Man's Broadway adventures. After months of speculation and "will-they, won't-they" head scratching amid casting announcements and financial woe rumors, it appears Marvel Comics' recently acquired parent company is footing the bills necessary to push "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" ahead on Broadway.
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