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!
So in more news about the most expensive musical never seen, Spider Man: Turn Off The Dark photos have just been released from the upcoming issue of Vogue (oh my). In the photos we meet our Mary Jane (Jennifer Damiano) and also get to see Carnage! The project was directed by Julie Taymor and cost around 60 million! Now this project has definitely had some setbacks and was continually pushsed back for its release and is finally set for January… I think. Now I LOVE musicals but I’m just not sure that Spider Man was meant to be brought to the stage. But what is undeniable is that with the acrobatics that Spider Man performs and also epic fight scenes it was only a matter of time before someone entertained the idea of a doing a musical like this. And for some reason I’m somewhat compelled to see this thing! Regardless if the project starring Reeve Carney and featuring songs by U2 is good or not these pics are badass and I think you’ll enjoy. Check ’em out after the jump!
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?
MTV did an interview with the man, Stan Lee, about his thoughts on the upcoming Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark Broadway musical. While the majority of folks on the internet has been trashing it, Lee, being the gentlemen that he is, was saying good things about it and hyping it up.
Lee goes on to compare it to other musical and circus acts, such as the Cirque du Soleil. He then jokes about how he has no idea if he can pull two cameos a day with the musical. You can watch the video posted below as it’s only a minute long and see Lee be enthusiastic about the project and who knows, maybe it’ll change your mindset about the broadway music… Oh, who am I kidding, it’s still going to suck.
Holy shit guys, it’s happening. It’s really happening! The much anticipated and long awaited, although never thought to actually come to fruition; Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, is FINALLY here! All the details were laid out for us on of all shows, Good Morning America? Oh well, at least we have some details on this thing. So U2’s Bono and the Edge sat down along with Julie Taymor to relay specifics about the musical. So here’s what we know. A guy named Reeve Carney is playing our beloved Peter Parker (who has an uncanny resemblance to Jared Leto). In addition to that, Julie Taymor showed off some pics of the costumes. One of which is the Green Goblin and another is of a villain who’s suit is made of knives! This character, Swiss Miss, is one of the new characters that has been added for the theatrical portrayal of the Spider-Man story. The way it is explained was basically this is going to be Broadway’s way of topping the 3D experience of Avatar and giving it the middle finger by creating elaborate Pop-Up sets for NYC and the OsCorp Lab. All in all this sounds pretty nifty. Hopefully it will come together nicely. So folks, all I have to say is between this and the reboot will we all be on Spidey overload? Check out photos after the jump.
Despite all of the production mishaps thus far, there is news that tickets will be released some time in September with previews following in November and the play officially opening in December. Hopefully this isn’t a tease, (we all recall when it was going to open last February)! Still, it is hard not to get excited.
Sure, most of us have seen Broadway plays before but nothing quite like this. This is a story that could truly command the stage and one that is inventive enough to bring a new theatrical experience to its viewers. Another great thing about the Spidey play is that it could bring in a whole new group of theater-goers as well and not just the one’s that buy the soundtracks and sing a long like it’s an episode of Glee. Visually, the play should be unlike anything previously seen performed before.
Also, something that people may or may not be happy about is that there might be some new villains introduced for our web-throwing friend specifically for the stage. This will certainly add a new dynamic to the Spider-Man story but if done right, can turn out well. Overall, this should be a great experience, so let’s keep our fingers crossed that it happens!
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.
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