‘Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark’ began an official Broadway run last night after months of disastrous previews that left cast members hospitalized and forced a complete overhaul of the show. Now, critics who once bashed the musical are changing their tune over the improvements. Will Spidey’s web stick on the Great White Way?
U2’s rock musical has FINALLY arrived. And while reviewers aren’t quite raving about the show, they’re being quite kind to the troubled production. Here’s a smattering of excerpts from the most high-profile reviews.
“The final mutation of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is not a multidisciplinary breakthrough, as Taymor hoped; it’s just a musical.” — Time Out New York‘s David Cote (three of five stars)
“After myriad delays and hiccups, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark opened Tuesday, with no attendant reports of pigs flying or Hades freezing over. And it looks as if this $75 million underdog might just make it.” — USA Today‘s Elysa Gardner (three of four stars)
“In the last year, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has gone from artistic oddity to conventional family entertainment. Between that and the strength of its brand name, it’s ready to join Madame Tussauds and Shake Shack on a tourist’s Times Square itinerary.” — New York Post‘s Elisabeth Vincentelli (two and a half of four stars)
“But still, for the grown-up snarkers among us, the new Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is a little too blandly and competently whipped into shape to be the unforgettable hot mess we’ve collectively embraced. Shortly after Norman Osborn’s transformation, the Green Goblin wink-nudgingly refers to himself as a ’65 million dollar circus tragedy – well more like 75 million.’ Man, if only.” — Rolling Stone‘s Evie Nagy (favorable)
“Partly because the performers are masked, you experience little of the vicarious wonder and exhilaration that comes from watching Peter Pan or even Mary Poppins ride the air in other musicals. The effect is rather like looking at anonymous daredevils who have been strapped into a breakneck ride at an amusement park. Come to think of it, Coney Island might be a more satisfying choice.” — The New York Times‘ Ben Brantley (unfavorable)
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Will you be going to see ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark?’