Thursday, January 13, 2011

It's the end of the (Spidey) world as we know it

Well, kids, the first review of the (not yet ready for prime time) Spider-Man Broadway play is in, and, well, it doesn’t look great for our hero...
From weak performances to laughable music numbers, nearly every single problem facing "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark" stems from its convoluted story. Director Julie Taymor and Glen Berger wrote the book, providing audiences with a story that's as difficult to follow as it is disrespectful towards Spider-Man's established character. Deviations from Marvel lore are to be expected; this production is meant for the mainstream masses, not the Wednesday Warriors, after all, and nearly every single comic book adaptation goes through its fair share of changes. But the musical's creative departures are both arbitrary and insulting towards Peter Parker's core beliefs.
Which leads me to wonder, why, with a proven storyline that that has held up for nearly 50 years, why would you change everything so drastically? Anyway, for the full text of this review, go here.

Personally, I want it to actually open because I'd really like to see the “final” version (that is to say not one that is in transition).

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