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The Spider-Man Broadway Musical Goes Off Without a Hitch

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | November 29, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | November 29, 2010 |

After months and months of delays, bad press, and the biggest Broadway budget of all time, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, the Broadway musical featuring the music of Bono and the Edge, finally unleashed its first preview.

It was not entirely a success. In fact, according to the New York Times, there were several major glitches, including a moment where Spider-man was left dangling above audience members, as cast members attempted to grab him by the foot. That led to a 50-minute intermission. All in all, it was a three-and-a-half hour experience, counting intermission and delays, marred by several other snafus.

Still, it had to be kind of cool to be the first to see Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, a $65 million production directed by Julie Taymor, who also directed The Lion King for Broadway. Not only for the huge fucking spectacle, but because you never know if Spider-Man might get tangled up in a harness or launched out into the audience. The fear of physical danger is so rare on Broadway.

And if you’re curious, there’s now a television commercial for the production. It doesn’t give away a lot, but technical glitches or no, I would totally see that. If only it weren’t what must be $100 a ticket.

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