I saw Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (Broadway) on 12/15/10. Overall, I'd say it was a 4-star rating. I'd summarize it by saying “Spectacular adventure, poor musical choices, story didn't capture me, but a great, fun night”
I had a fun time and left the show feeling a bit disappointed in the ending and yet, still I loved it. I'd describe the show as exciting, fun, and a technical marvel. The amazing scenery and flying was a highlight of the show because it was spectacular. If this were a movie, I'd rate it G. I would recommend this show to everyone I know but not to theater critics.
I saw this show because I hope they fix the ending and the music which would make it perfect.. I would see it again. I sat in the right mezzanine area of the theater. The view was clear and the seats were fine.
The entire experience was amazing. The stunts were incredible, the comic-booky perspective was so much fun and the flying: you just can't say enough about the theatrical aspects.
However: The ending (supposedly they were 'trying out a new ending' was very disappointing. Usually Broadway shows end with their best punch and this kind of ended with a sigh.
The music: the overall music was fine; loud, fun, bouncy. However, there were about 3 or 4 songs which were designed to tell the story and they were way too long (should cut by 2/3 at least) and made me drift away. I think they took away from, rather than added to the show. Surprisingly, they were left in.
The Greek Chorus: Took the form of 4 punky-fun kids who were 'writing' the story. This was a lot of fun and an interesting perspective, but it was a bit confusing because, with the new character, there was just too much going on.
I don't want to be negative, but I really want this show to be a huge success and I think the producers need to take a step back, put the egos on hold and do what's right for the show. If they leave it like this, it will close in less than a year. If they cut some of the music and make the ending much more spectacular (like the beginning and middle) they will have a HUGE success on their hands.
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