As many may know Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is now in previews again after a tumultuous first few months. Its new opening day is June 14.- Ed.My cousin Judy was coming to visit me in the New York metropolitan area. Of course a Broadway show was on the agenda. When I emailed her that I had scored tickets to Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark at the Foxwoods Theatre, her response was Woohoo!
We both anticipated daring visuals, rock ‘n’ roll and unpredictability. Viewed two weeks before the scheduled opening night, Spider-Man was fun, though it could have been “funner.”
The opening sequence was a visual treat, original and smoothly executed, though the show started about 15 minutes late. The comic-book look of the lighting and sets was impressive and fitting. The appearances of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Chrysler Building and New York City were delightful.
The Bouncing Off the Walls scene was fabulous. So was the intricate Rise Above with Peter and Arachne twirling in the air intertwined. Relying too much on mechanics is what hinders the production from reaching its full potential. At times the actors appear inhibited for fear of a malfunction or injury (with good reason).
The exception is the Green Goblin played by Patrick Page. With finesse and his distinctive deep voice, he was a joy throughout. He was briefly delayed by a lift malfunction yet continued to amuse. There was another short delay to reset the equipment and/or computers.
A few planned surprises in the audience added some pleasing excitement. So did the flying, hanging, spraying and music of Bono and the Edge So close to opening the mechanics should have been resolved by now. There are just too many moving parts. Why holography and other techniques weren’t used instead of some of the mechanics is the $65 million question. Kids age 5 up to playful adults will find the show worthwhile. Due to the staggering finances we’ll soon find out if Spider-Man on Broadway shines or goes dark. It’s now or never!