Well, I will preface this review by stating that I am not in fact a big fan of comic books as a whole. I don’t have a longstanding appreciation for any such Spider/Bat/Super Man. With that in mind, I don’t know if I can really judge the substance of Spiderman Turn off the Dark on Broadway as well as someone who has and will always be a die hard Peter Parker fan.
I was fortunate enough to have gotten tickets to one of the first preview showings of the new Broadway show this past Saturday night. Having read EVERY New York Times article about how catastrophic both “acting” wise and “physical injury” wise the show has been rumored to be, I was skeptical to say the least.
I sat in the third row, which I came to find out very quickly, wasn’t the best spot to be when 100 pound metallic spider legs are about an inch from your freaking head. The show also dragged on for over THREE HOURS — I think even if there were no mess ups, no technical breaks throughout the show AND GOOD ACTING/SINGING, I would’ve been ready to leave come hour two.
Ok here were the upsides to the show:
- Unbelieveably cool costumes — every character, even those you could barely detect in the back row, had extremely unique and out-of-this-world costumes
- Really fun and interactive show in regards to the constant flying and battles taking place above your head
- Interesting set that was never the same for the more 10 than minutes
- Out of the 65 million spent on the show, 1 million must have been spent on casting the entire ensemble; it was SO poorly cast that I sat there in utter disbelief
- They should have allocated some of the funds to casting whom they originally wanted for the role of Mary Jane, and that was Evan Rachel Wood
- The main character, Peter Parker, whomever he is in real life should stick to another profession –singing and acting is not his strong suit, James Marsden would have been a hell of a lot more ideal
- The music could have been good, because U2 is very talented, but the singing ruined it — quite frankly