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A Review of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (Broadway)

By Tony Marion, November 29, 2010

  • Acting
    2 stars
  • Choreography
    4 stars
  • Dancing
    2 stars
  • Direction
    1 star
  • Lyrics
    2 stars
  • Music
    2 stars
  • Overall
    3 stars
  • Production
    5 stars
  • Singing
    5 stars
  • Story
    1 star
  • Writing
    1 star

I saw Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (Broadway) on 11/28/10. Overall, I'd say it was a 3-star rating. I'd summarize it by saying “Genius breathtaking spectacle, technical design and technical execution. Poor book and lyrics. ”

I had a very exciting time and left the show feeling ripped off and wanting so much more. I'd describe the show as technically genius, gorgeous to look at, and a really bad plot with boreing music. The amazing flying, and scenic elements was a highlight of the show because they made up for how bad the actual show really is. If this were a movie, I'd rate it G. I would recommend this show to spiderman fans, and to everyone really but not to people who are looking for an actual great piece of theater, that want to be moved and enlightened.

I saw this show because I am so excited that spiderman flys around the theater. I would see it again. I sat in the center orchestra area of the theater. The view was a full view and the seats were comfortable.

Spider-man TURN OFF THE CRAPY SHOW! I was so disappointed, granted that I saw the first preview, the show is terrible, content wise. I wanted so much more, I wanted an epic fight with the Villan and Spider-man, something that would make Peter Parker fight for the woman that he loves, something that makes me care about their relationship, their love and their passion. The Green Goblin dies in the end of Act 1, with a massively premature fighting scene, that however, makes your JAW DROP over the flying over the audience. Then, there is this totally crazy new spider woman Villan that left the entire audience perplexed. We had NO idea what was going on throughout the entire show, it was so confusing, what was going on? I still really don't know what they were going for with the story, and the music, it seems that 3 great songs were actually written, then spread like butter to make the rest of the show. After all that being said, there is still time to FIX some problems to make the show GOOD but it will never be GREAT, the entire thing has to be re-written to be a GREAT show, and there is no time for that. The spectacle of it, is worth seeing. The sets, costumes, lighting, flying and special effects are unlike anything I HAVE EVER seen, better than Vegas. It is worth seeing the show just so your jaw can drop on how amazing it looks, however, it's not going to be winning awards for it's content any time soon.

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