Spiderman Musical

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 The Edge 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??

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The over-the-top musical production by Julie Taymor and company, Spiderman: Turn off the Dark, may just be over.  Taymor’s musical has come to a screeching halt after the events of last night’s showing.  Stuntman Christopher Tierney, who doubles for Spidey as well as two of the villains for the production, fell thirty feet after one of his cables snapped.  In a statement released to Broadway World it is said that,

“Actors’ Equity Association is working with management and the Department of Labor to ensure that performances will not resume until back-up safety measures are in place.”

The events of putting the Spidey musical together almost read like  a comic itself.  And surprisingly, the villains aren’t Bono and the Edge.  The villains have come in the form of an outrageous budget, constant delays of the production and faulty equipment.  If anything should be the last straw and end this production, this should be it!  I think Taymor, despite how good she is at what she does, has unfortunately bitten off a little more than she can chew this time.  I just hope this guy is gonna be alright.

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Theater Marketing Spider-Man

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 on 60 minutes are 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??

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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!

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