$65 million in production costs later, the new musical “Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark” premiered its first preview show on Broadway last night, but the sold-out crowd was there to witness some opening night fiascoes.
Thus reporteth the NY Times:
The show stopped five times, mostly to fix technical problems, and Act I ended prematurely, with Spider-Man stuck dangling 10 feet above audience members, while Act II was marred by a nasty catcall during one of the midperformance pauses….
The fourth and final pause at the end of Act I was the worst glitch of the night by far. Spider-Man had just flown and landed onstage with the musical’s heroine, Mary Jane Watson (played by Jennifer Damiano), in his arms. He was then supposed to zoom off toward the balcony seating area, a few hundred feet away. Instead, a harness and cables lifted Spider-Man several yards up and over the audience, then stopped. A production stage manager, C. Randall White, called for a halt to the show over the sound system, apparently in hopes of fixing and re-doing the stunt.
Crew members, standing on the stage, spent 45 seconds trying to grab Spider-Man by the foot, as the audience laughed and oohed. When they finally caught him, Mr. White announced intermission, and the house lights came on.”
Several audience members said after the show that the storyline was disappointing and that they wouldn’t be recommending the show to friends. The Spidey musical officially opens on January 11: here’s hoping they work the kinks out by then.
Would you go see the Spiderman musical, Lovelies? Do you like Broadway? I’ve never been a huge fan…