With every delay, every technical difficulty and every time Spidey gets stuck upside down in the air it becomes apparent that the creators of Spiderman: Turn off the Dark seem to have bitten off more than they can chew. Well, it finally seems that Producers Michael Cohl and Jeremiah Harris are tingling because they are making some EPIC changes to the production. With the production not being ready now until Summer rather this month due to rearranging everything from musical number to added new music, original director Julie Taymor will be unable to devote all of her time to the project after this month comes to a close.
A press release just came out stating that we will have to wait just a little longer for our Spidey who is not only high flying but sings and dances too! The musical has been set back numerous times so this comes as no surprise. The bummer of it all is that this thing seemed like it has so much potential when the news was first released ,but after a wind of bad press it has lost a lot of it’s mojo.
So in order to help Spidey “get his groove back” producer have brought musical consultant Paul Bogaev (Tarzan, Bombay Dreams, Aida, Sunset Boulevard) and sound designer Peter Hylenski (Elf, Scottsboro Boys, Rock of Ages, Shrek) to it’s creative team. No doubt these are impressive additions but will it be enough to bring this musical out of the mess it’s in? It’ll be interesting to see if the new plan of attack works.
Both the producers and Bono and TheEdge who are doing the music for the show support Taymor’s vision and her work thus far, but neither seem unhappy about the delay or expanding creative team. With the producers commenting,
“Julie Taymor is not leaving the creative team. Her vision has been at the heart of this production since its inception and will continue to be so. Julie’s previous commitments mean that past March 15th, she cannot work the 24/7 necessary to make the changes in the production in order to be ready for our opening. We cannot exaggerate how technically difficult it is to make such changes to a show of this complexity, so it’s with great pride that we announce that Phil McKinley is joining the creative team. Phil is hugely experienced with productions of this scale and is exactly what SPIDER-MAN Turn off the Dark needs right now.”
and Bono and The Edge tagging onto to that adding,
“Julie is a truly gifted and imaginative director. This is an epic ride, and the standing ovations we have seen from the preview audiences have confirmed our absolute faith in the project. We are listening and learning and, as a result, we have a couple of new songs we are very very excited about putting into the mix. All of us on the creative team are committed to taking SPIDER-MAN to the next level. We are confident it will reach its full potential and when it does, it will open.”
So what do you guys think, will the new additions to Spidey’s team get the musical out of this sticky situation??
No, not Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark, that will probably never open and will languish in previews hell for the rest of it’s life. I’m talking about the Spider-man Smackdown, known now as The Spidey Project. This show is a $0 budget, guerrila theatre production which will officially be the first Spider-man musical to open in New York City. Beginning on February 21st the show has been written, cast, choreographed, composed, rehearsed, and starting on March 14th will be performed all before TOtD opens. Talk about devotion to your comic book hero, or more likely the chance to say a big ‘fuck you’ to the colossal disaster that is the $65 millionmusical.
Interestingly enough, there are more problems facing TOtD, I know right, more. Seems show producers have given Julie Taymor an ultimatum, either help in making the necessary changes to the musical or you’re fired. The Hollywood Reporters states,
The producers are talking to Taymor along with the U2’s Bono and the Edge— who composed the music — about making changes to the script and music, hiring outside consultants and possibly once again pushing back opening night, which is currently scheduled for March 15.
Taymor has already acknowledged publicly the show has problems, but will she be willing to make the major changes needed if the musical is ever going to open? Currently TOtD has had five opening night delays, yes five. And the real kicker is it will most likely not be opening on March 15th either. Word is the opening will be pushed to June. Not that it really matters, most publications ran their opening night reviews on February 7th, the original opening night date. To no surprise, they were scathing.
Which brings us back to the eagerly anticipated opening of The Spidey Project on March 14th. Not only will they be the first Spider-man musical in NYC, hell, they might be the only Spider-man musical ever in NYC. All tickets for all scheduled showings have sold out, but if they release more tickets or schedule more shows you can purchase them here. Also, if you want to know what the production of The Spidey Project was like check out their blog where all their struggles are documented.
So the Spidey rumble continues. Two shows, one web-slinging subject, which show will premiere to raving reviews and have fans craving more? Yeah, I can’t even fake the suspense, here’s hoping The Spidey Project becomes a hit an tours because I want tickets to that show.
Ah . . . the glory of seeing something you didn’t really care much about implode in a $65 million dollar boondoggle. The gloriously disastrous musical that is Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark, now the butt of every Broadway joke, has decided to drop back and punt by bringing in Broadway veteran Paul Bogaev. Hired to “help improve the performance, vocal and orchestration arrangements,” Bogaev has his hands full. Bono and the Edge are currently writing new music and the musicals producers are talking to, but have not signed, Spider-Man comic book writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa to re-work some of the book (That’s Broadway for “script” . . . Now you know as much as I do about Broadway). Contrary to blog reports, the production has not hired a new director. Three weeks to go before the show’s fifth scheduled opening on March 15.
Fifth times the charm! I’m sure of it!
Just click those ruby red shoes and say,
“There’s no musical like Spiderman,
There’s no musical like Spiderman!”
Now for the salt that’s gonna get rubbed into Julie Taymor’s and Bono’s $65 million dollar wounds. Justin Moran, humorist and playwright, has launched “Spider-man Smackdown”, a guerrilla theater project to write, compose, choreograph, cast, rehearse, and perform a complete musical based on the character Spiderman in New York City before the March 15th opening date of the fifth attempt to open Spiderman: Turn of the Dark on Broadway.
You can check out Moran’s blog for updates and videos about the project like the one below.
“How important is $65 Million in making good theatre?” jokes Moran. “We’re going to develop a story, write a complete musical score and script, design sets and costumes, cast, rehearse, advertise and ultimately mount the production on March 14th, 2011 at the The People’s Improv Theatre in NYC.”
That $65 million is very important, without that you can’t buy enough doughnuts to keep the Unions happy. There are many theatre unions, Actors Equity Association (for actors and stage managers), the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE, for designers and technicians). Many theatres require that their staff be members of these organizations.
‘Spider-man: Turn off the dark’. After all the scathing reviews, accidents and pushing back the opening fives times -grand opening is March 5th- you would think they would just throw in the webbing and call it quits. Alas, there is far too much money invested in the show to not try to rework anything and everything they can. They priced themselves out of being able to quit or close for the forseeable future . Really, you just can’t keep a good spider down.
So, the 65 million dollar Broadway show is reworking it’s book. Originally written by Julie Taymor and Glen Berger, now being reworked by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. How very telling. Taymor, Bono & the Edge can’t create a good show on their own – they need someone to help them do a good job. Will this be another wire snapping flop or is Roberto the true wall crawling hero of New York city?
Writer’s senses tingling
Deadline confirmed that Aguirre-Sacasa will indeed be reworking the original story after reviews from critics claimed the story lacks an insider’s voice about the spandex hero. Most recently writing a new book to the Charles Strouse and Lee Adams musical It’s A Plane, It’s SUPERMAN!, a hit at the Dallas Theatre Center, he also knows what he’s writing about. Having written Spider-Man comics for Marvel, Roberto knows his Spidey trivia and history. He also writes for the HBO series Big Love and Aguirre-Sacasa is repped by WME, this play may finally having the saving grace it actually needs.
Alright, it’s official, I don’t think this thing is EVER fucking coming out! And it’s a damn shame too. If the images from Vanity Fair and snippets on60 minutesare any indication, it seems like it’s gonna be pretty sweet. Apparently, the show is once again being delayed until February. The reason for the delay? All those mixed reviews from the preview nights, which occurred these last 2 weeks have had a big enough effect on director Julie Taymore and the rest of the crew enough to do an ENTIRE re-write of the last act. While audiences loved the spectacle, they found some hiccups as the story unfolded. Bono and the Edge will be working on the project full time later on this month.
So my only concern is, after all these delays are people still gonna want to see this thing? And even more importantly can any amount of re-writes fix this thing??
Oh SNL and your topical humor. Nothing escapes being made fun in your clutches. So it is no wonder that they recently poked fun at the new Spiderman musical, Spiderman: Turn off the Dark. This musical with an outrageous budget, a plethora of pre-production mishaps and music from Bono and The Edge it’s pretty easy for the show to poke fun at.
Seth Meyer’s did a mock interview in his new segment sketch, Weekend Update. Andy Samberg plays the fourth under study of the cast who is now playing lead dues to the injuries received by the previous three spideys’ in the interview with Seth delving great lines like,
“You know how many people die each year doing Jersey Boys?!”
Samberg also delivers another hilarious moment when he request an upside down kiss from Seth.
Despite all the bad mojo surrounding the show can it still possibly be good? Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark opens January 11th but you can catch showings now. Who knows, maybe you’ll “flip over it”?! Check out the sketch here!
Oh, Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark, please stop toying with our emotions! First, you not only turn off the dark, but also turn off any desire people may have to see this thing by taking a classic comic to the stage. Then, we go through more ups and downs than a damn yo-yo with various release dates for the projects. Finally, you reveal some of the costumes ,which I must agree with others who have commented that “they just look plain silly”. Now, a television spot has hit that may have opinions may be slowly changing and wanting to see this thing!
The TV spots are mysterious and captivating much like the hero of the play. The behind the scenes footage with Julie Taymor the director, talking aboutt he project is especially compelling. I am definitely getting pretty excited to see this thing when it gets released in January (hopefully). Dammit Spidey, you may have trapped me in your web of dancing villains and musical numbers after all!
It’s supposed to be the biggest, costliest, splashiest show of the Broadway season, but so far it’s just the most troubled. Executives with “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” said Thursday that the opening of the oft-delayed, $60 million musical would be set back once again, this time by three weeks, meaning it will miss lucrative Thanksgiving week, forgo an attention-getting bow over Christmas, and open during the box office doldrums of January.
The first performance was supposed to be in nine days, on Nov. 14, but this is a show that its famous creators — the director Julie Taymor and U2‘s Bono and the Edge — are laboring to finish. The two-dozen flying sequences are being worked out and still require safety approval from the state Department of Labor. The music, marking the Broadway debut of the U2 frontmen, still isn’t synchronized with special effects, plot and dialogue. Scene-to-scene transitions, essential for rhythm and safety, aren’t complete. Two actors have been injured hurtling through acrobatic rehearsal sequences.
No one can even say for sure if the musical will be two and a half hours long, as expected, until run-throughs start.
With all the problems the play is suffering from (the stunts, dialogue, music, scene-to-scene transitions, etc…) really makes you wonder. Will anything go right for this show?
Or more importantly – Will it be as good as Spider-Man 2, or as awful as Spider-Man 3?
I don’t want to cast aspersions on something that lots of people have worked hard on (heh-heh…I said “hard on”), but having seen a video from the upcoming Spider-Man musical, I’m a bit nervous.
The songs are written by Bono and The Edge from U2, and this song they played on Good Morning America, “Boy Falls from the Sky,” didn’t really scream “Spider-Man” to me. Here, take a look.
Really, this just poses the question: Does Spider-Man really need to be a musical? Or more accurately, does a musical need to be Spider-Man? Don’t get me wrong; I love me some Spidey, but I dunno. Already people are saying that the “One More Day” storyline and “Spider-Man 3” are no longer the worst things to happen to the character.
Top o’ the mornin’ (or afternoon) to you and all that. It’s St. Patrick’s Day, and that means massive amounts of potatoes and cabbage for everyone! Oh, all right. I suppose we can throw in some nerdosity, too.