What A Tangled Web

Posted: January 4, 2011 in Say What Say Huh?

It’s no secret that the previews  of the upcoming  musical, Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark, have been riddled with disaster after disaster.  Being somewhat…okay, a total musical theatre fanatic, I’ve been thinking over this ill-fated show and the list of problems it has had.  Mind you, all of this has occurred before the upcoming opening night:


Concussion for actress Natalie Mendoza

Stuntman, Christopher Tierney, suffering a cracked skull

Multiple hour delays during the show due to technical malfunctions/difficulties

Cast members quitting the show (Ms. Mendoza is definitely “outtie”)


Don’t get me wrong.  I’d love for the $65 million show to achieve the staggering success of shows like Wicked or The Lion King, but I’m slightly worried about it.  Spiderman is slowly, but surely becoming theatrical kryptonite (to borrow from another super hero) and reminds me of the long-standing “curse” associated with performing the Shakespearean play, Macbeth (which also has quite a few injuries under its historic belt).

On the flip-side, the musical has some incredible talents behind the scenes. Rock legends  Bono and U2 provide the music, which I hear is well worth all of the problems.  In addition, the Tony-winning director, Julie Taymor, who was behind the Broadway-changing The Lion King, has supposedly stepped up her game and attempts to change the Great White Way with her vision for the show yet again.  Add in the awe-inspiring sets and seemingly non-stop special effects, Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark could truly change the world of musical theatre forever…if it’s successful.

Well, Spiderman is supposed to do whatever he can, so I hope he visits this show and gets it back on track.  With the Tony Awards season full upon us (the cut-off date is in April, I believe), I’d hate for a great show to get tangled in its own web of avant-garde theatrics and totally miss out on capturing that juicy fly of a Tony.