Spider-Man Gets Bug-Sprayed by the Times

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Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark doesn't officially open until March 15, but scads of critics have been sneaking in to review the megamusical because they feel it's been postponed enough and besides, as The New York Times's Ben Brantley puts it, this thing is "beyond repair."

This morning, Brantley weighed in with a giant can of journalistic Raid in the form of one of the biggest pans since Carrie the musical.

Writes Brantley, "The sheer ineptitude of the show...loses its shock value early on."

He continues, "After 15 or 20 minutes, the central question you keep asking yourself is likely to change from 'How can $65 million look so cheap?' to 'How long before I'm out of here?' "

His conclusion? Spider-Man is "not only the most expensive musical to ever hit Broadway. It may also rank among the worst."

And today, director Julie Taymor is no doubt ecstatic, beaming, "First of all, he wrote may rank.' That's a mixed review.

"Secondly, he paid for his tickets! Woo hoo!"

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14 comments
Southern Dave
Southern Dave

Taymor and company have shot their wad two months before the show has "opened."

There'll be no transformation -- and no profits either once the sideshow-gawkers have moved on.

Grassstain
Grassstain

Didn't you point out in your last column that superhero musicals never fly??

anonymous
anonymous

I saw the show last week. It's not the best, but Brantley's review is close to unprofessional. The show had no out of town tryouts and technical difficulties led them to delay the opening date to 3/15. What's the problem with waiting until then? The NYT offers no explanation for their decision, then goes to the show and THAT preview has a technical problem which Brantley uses to pan the show. This is as classless as it gets.

FindingNamo
FindingNamo

I hate Brantley's wishy-washiness: Spider-Man is "not only the most expensive musical to ever hit Broadway. It may also rank among the worst."

Really? May it? Decide and announce, Ben.

Troofire
Troofire

And Glenn Beck loved it!

Guest
Guest

Won't matter. The kiddies will still make their parents take them to see it.

CMG
CMG

Really? The subject matter is not really meant for teeny boppers or kids. This cannot even be considered the Electric Company Spiderman.

Musto
Musto

And here's a clever compilation of the most savaging quotes from all the critics who've snuck in. Why bother reading them all? This clip gives you the lowlights.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Coffeeinacardboardcup
Coffeeinacardboardcup

‎"Ms. Taymor playing Michelangelo to her notion of a Sistine Chapel on Broadway "My very favorite and accurate quote from NYtimes review

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