"Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" Broadway musical is set to open on January 11th, but has started showing work-in-progress previews on Sunday (November 28th). And today we have the first reviews of the $60 million production (most expensive Broadway show ever) that is directed by Julie Taymor (Across the Universe, Frida) with music by Bono and The Edge of U2.
Twitter Review (nyindieguy): Definitely needs work in the 6 weeks until it opens. It's basically incoherent. A pageant of Taymor imagery. Set pieces are spectacular, and the flying looks genuinely dangerous, but the music isn't good enough to hold it together.
Broadway World Review 1: I hated it. That was such a huge disappointment. The fashion show was horrible. All of the villains looked horrible. That whole love thing with Arachne made no sense whatsoever. Awful. Just awful. I love spider-man and I thought I was gonna love this, but damn I hated it.
Broadway World Review 2: I have no idea what I just witnessed. It was a total incoherent mess. Taymor seems to have gotten so caught up in the symbolism and FX that she forgot to include a story. Innovative at times, but soulless always.
Broadway World Review 3: The flying sequences are amazing, but I feel that they ultimately will stop the story and the show dies. Plot. That thing that supposedly was there but only Julie Taymor could understand because she wrote it in her alien language on her alien planet. The show is not a complete mess. There is something there.
If you want to see more about the show, check out CBS' "60 Minutes" segment below.
First Reviews of "Spider-Man" Broadway Musical are Negative
Really ? Really ??? I'm shocked! Just like Mustache Rider's husband every night and on their honeymoon.
In her flabby folds, noone can hear you scream.
Lederhosenwrites: on November 29th, 2010 at 7:47:22 AM
From the NY Post:
Last night's opening preview of Broadway's most expensive production ever, "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," was an epic flop as the $65 million show's high-tech gadgetry went completely awry amid a dull score and baffling script, theatergoers griped.