It's more bad news for the beleaguered Spider-Man musical. Like all the arts, it's sometimes unfortunate to think about, but Broadway shows are as much a business as anything else. So when a troubled, ginormously-budgeted musical based on one of the world's most popular superheroes starts to struggle, a venue has to closely examine its bottom line. That
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+ million monster have
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
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.