Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark

by (@unclegrambo)

It’s Tough To Find A Show On Broadway, Let Alone In Your Friendly Neighborhood, That’s As Fun As Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark

Before Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark even held its first preview performance last November, it had the notorious distinction of being one of the most troubled productions ever to hit the Great White Way. The $65 million-plus show had been languishing in development since 2002 and, after a number of delays, had lost two of its biggest stars, Evan Rachel Wood and the Tony Award winning Alan Cumming (who were set to play Mary Jane Watson and the Green Goblin, respectively). Things got worse, though, as soon as the play opened to the public; critics savaged the material, jokes about the production became an unending supply of grist for the late night comedy mill, and, worst of all, multiple performers ended up in the hospital following horrible on-stage injuries.

Yet, as cliché tells us, the show must go on! Except this time, it didn’t. Production of the show –which, it should be noted, was breaking Broadway box office gross records at the time– halted in March when the visionary creator and director of the play, Julie Taymor, was unceremoniously booted from the project after she resisted making wholesale changes to the show that the producers were internally describing “Plan X.” As The Edge, who co-wrote the music and songs with his U2 bandmate Bono, told the New York Times today, “When Plan X was presented, [Taymor] said: ?That could never be achieved in a three-week period. You?d need months to do that, and it probably won?t work anyway for X, Y, and Z reasons.? At that moment, when that was her response, the producers felt that whatever Julie would do with a hiatus was more of a polishing job than a top-to-bottom rethink of the show.? Even Bono admitted that “the first time I loved the play was two-and-a-half weeks ago.”

Why do we bring all this up? Well, after Spidey was benched back in April while the show underwent heavy top-to-bottom reconstruction, the revamped Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark finally opened at the Foxwoods Theater tonight (and the official soundtrack, featuring new songs from Bono and The Edge, also hit shelves today; it’s currently sitting at #12 on iTunes Top Albums chart). Luckily for us, we were invited to a sneak preview of the retooled extravaganza last week, and you know what?

IT WAS VERY EXCITING!

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by (@unclegrambo)

Spider-Man vs. Batman vs. Superman: Reeve And Zane Carney Break Down The Battle Of The Superheros

Welcome to week two of VH1′s new morning show, Jump Start Live! To help whet your appetite for the great things ahead this week — Aaron Sorkin! Cee-Lo! Regina Spektor! — we thought we’d give you a bit extra with Reeve and Jane Carney, the Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark stars who popped by the set last week. We were able to catch up with them for a few minutes and grilled them on whether or not they feel safe on the set of their big Broadway musical, who turned in the all-time greatest performance as Spider-Man and, of course, who they think would win in a fight between Batman, Superman and Spider-Man.

Don’t forget to tune in to see host Carrie Keagan interview celebrities and discuss the day’s hottest pop culture stories with co-host Gabe Liedman every morning at 10am until the Critics Choice Movie Awards air this Friday, January 14!
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