Tuesday, November 09, 2010

The Goblin’s last stand?

I don’t know, but I’m starting to think that the producers of the Spider-Man Broadway musical should have picked a different name, especially given that they can’t seem to turn ON the light for their $60 million show. According to a recent report from the NY Times, the show’s opening has been delayed, yet again...
The first performance was supposed to be in nine days, on Nov. 14, but this is a show that its famous creators — the director Julie Taymor and U2’s Bono and the Edge — are laboring to finish. The two-dozen flying sequences are being worked out and still require safety approval from the state Department of Labor. The music, marking the Broadway debut of the U2 frontmen, still isn’t synchronized with special effects, plot and dialogue. Scene-to-scene transitions, essential for rhythm and safety, aren’t complete. Two actors have been injured hurtling through acrobatic rehearsal sequences.
Yep, that’s right, it seems that this hero just can’t seem to get this show up off the ground, and it is going to miss having a pre-Thanksgiving Day opening, and lose out on much (if not all) of the very lucrative holiday theater-going traffic.

Apparently there is a serous safty issue in regards to the “flying” issues
...the show has developed a problematic reputation, at least in the short term. Questions have been raised, and a state investigation is under way, about the safety of the flying. All of the attention on special effects may ward off traditional theatergoers who want a good score and story; some older people, for instance, have asked group sales agents if there is anything in the show for them.
Personally, I can’t help but to think that Norman Osborn is cackling to himself from his prison cell on the Raft (located just off Ryker’s Island) 

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