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

Thu, December 30, 2010 4:50pm EDT by Russ Weakland 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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