Russ Says: ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark’ Has My Spidey Sense Tingling! Exclusive Preview!

Thu, December 30, 2010 4:50pm EDT by 11 Comments

I saw the Spider-Man musical — which is the talk of Broadway for all the wrong reasons – and trust me when I say you should do anything you can to see this Broadway spectacular!

Surrounded by technical issues, stuntman injuries and costly delays, the upcoming Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark may have put a bad taste in many people’s mouths. However, after seeing a preview performance Dec. 29, I can tell you the show’s imagination, outside the box thinking and flying Spider-Man fun is a complete joy for anyone spending a night on Broadway!

The thing on everyone’s mind before the show started was stuntman Christopher Tierney’s recent fall, which wasn’t unnoticed by producers of the show, as they came on stage before everything started to let everyone know the progress Christopher was making and his urge to get back on the show when he is at full health. It set the audience at ease to enjoy the near three hour show. However, on that note, the first time Spider-Man took flight, the audience screamed as if they were experiencing a rough landing on a commercial flight — almost expecting something horrible to happen!

As for the music, if you like U2, you will love the songs. Plus, Matthew James Thomas, who played Spidey, looks like a young Clay Aiken and sings his songs with the passion and fever of a young Bono.

Even though there are multiple flying stunts and a performance by Patrick Page as Normon Osborn and his alter ego Green Goblin that may steal the show, there are still some aspects of the show that can be improved.

A lesser known Spidey villian, Arachne, (played by T.V. Carpio) is not very memorable. Unfortunately, that character takes most of the stage time in the second half of the show, which is less spectacular then the fun and inspired first half that goes through the normal Spider-Man mythology.

Overall, if you want to see something that you have never seen before – something that will test your imagination and take it to places you never thought – go buy your tickets now. It may have had a rough start, but I’m here to say Spider-Man is an impressive feat, thanks to director and co-writer Julie Taymor, and song writers Bono and The Edge.

IN SUMMARY: Will you enjoy Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark? If you enjoy comic book fun and a sense of wonder and Cirque De Soleil type stunts, then I say, yes — four out of five web slingers for sure!

Russ Weakland

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Craig

Posted at 1:13 PM on January 3, 2011  

As a theatre critic myself im sick of seeing reviews coming out for this show whilst it’s still in PREVIEWS.

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russ weakland

Posted at 7:50 PM on December 30, 2010  

Matthew will be Spidey on certain occasions throughout the run of the show.

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Molly

Posted at 6:56 PM on December 30, 2010  

But I do absolutely want to see this :D

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Molly

Posted at 6:56 PM on December 30, 2010  

I thought Reeve Carney played spidey??… or is this Matthew fellow just an understudy?

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russ weakland

Posted at 7:50 PM on December 30, 2010  

Reeve does play the role of Spidey but on certain performances Matthew takes over, this was one of his nights!

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Maryellen

Posted at 11:31 PM on December 30, 2010  

Do you know who played Spidey on the 29th? Was it Reeve or Matthew?

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Russ Weakland

Posted at 3:00 PM on December 31, 2010  

Matthew for the 8PM show.

 
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The Number 13

Posted at 6:22 PM on December 30, 2010  

I’d rather be so called “Clueless” then a person who talks crap. BTW, HollywoodLife didn’t say LeAnn Rimes was pregnant, HollyBaby had a story asking if she was and got comments from a source, but that would require reading…

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The Number 13

Posted at 5:02 PM on December 30, 2010  

It would be uncool if it was a bad review, this clearly states that its a preview show, and talks actually pretty good things about it. Makes me excited to see it! Good Post!

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AdrienneD

Posted at 5:47 PM on December 30, 2010  

You’re as clueless as the writers at Hollywoodlife. There were articles about this today all over. It doesn’t matter if it’s positive or negative, there are certain rules real journalists follow. Oops, forgot it’s Hollywoodlife, the same place that said LeAnn Rimes was pregnant when she’s not.

This site gets so much wrong, it’s hard to trust whatever’s said anyway. I’m done with Hollywoodlife.

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AdrienneD

Posted at 4:59 PM on December 30, 2010  

Aren’t you not supposed to review plays until they open? Uncool.

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