I’ve always been a theatre buff so when my mom mentioned she wanted to see Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark on Broadway last night, I was more than thrilled. Poor reviews of the $65 million musical (still in previews) had me wondering – could it really be that bad?
The production quality overall was surreal. The set, the costumes, the visual effects and of course, the aerial stunts over the audience set the bar high for future Broadway shows. Plus I had an extra bonus sitting behind me – a woman who screamed every time an actor soared overhead (hysterical!).
Unfortunately, the plot and newly added characters only led to pure confusion and several “huh?” and “why?” moments. The music? Let’s just hope the recently hired musical consultant can work wonders.
Between several injuries and delayed openings, Spider-Man has been called the most controversial Broadway musical and one giant PR disaster. However, I’ll be the first to admit that the only reason I really wanted to see it was because it has become such a spectacle. So is it a PR disaster, or has all of the controversy just led to an eagerness to purchase tickets?
I’ll let you decide.
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