Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark - A Broadway Success or Not?
Many are wondering if the producers of the $65 million Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark musical will be able to recover their investments to the most expensive show ever produced in Broadway history after the numerous technical problems it countered during the Sunday night preview at Foxwoods Theater.
The talk of the Broadway after the preview was the technical difficulties when Spider-Man was stuck hanging 10 feet above the audience, crew members took a while to fix the problem. The technical problems were too obvious and the show stopped five times and run over three hours.
People who saw the preview have different reactions but the biggest question is, Will it be a success? Spider Man fans are excited to see the show with high expectations and are looking forward to see how the actors and the director will be able to give justice to the Marvel comics super hero on stage.
To bring Spider-Man onstage is great challenge for the people involved in the production most particularly the actor Reeve Carney who is playing the role of Peter Parker and the director Tony Award winner Julie Taymor; because it requires meticulous and spectacular visual and technical effects, challenging stunts, and strong character performance to win the audience applause and standing ovation.
Because of the technical glitches during the Sunday night preview, there are floating speculations that Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark may not improve and will not run for a long period of time at Foxwoods Theater.
Despite the negative speculations, Foxwoods Theater General Manager Erich Jungwirth said in a statement, “I can confirm that I have met with people in the industry to introduce myself as the new G.M. of the Foxwoods Theater. It is the custom in our industry for a new GM to both introduce themselves in the community and to see if there are any shows coming up that may be able to play in our venue; this is what keeps the lines of communication open and allows both operators and producers to know what inventory and product are available. As for ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark,’ we are incredibly positive about the prospects and are optimistic that the show is going to have a fantastic run at the Foxwoods Theater for many years to come. We are thrilled about the opening of this historical show in our theater and are very proud of our staff in their tireless efforts to assist making this extraordinary event happen.”
Meanwhile a spokesperson of the show said that there will be no delay in the official opening of the show on January 11 and whole production is hoping that Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark will run for several years at Foxwoods Theater to recover its cost.
The production has still time to improve and solve their technical glitches and as long as the casts and crew together with the producers are in high spirit with a strong conviction that the show will be a success…it will happen.
Spider-Man has millions of avid fans, every one of them will surely want to see Spider-Man on stage and be a part of this historical event. Spider-Man will not just turn off the dark…it will also turn off the doubts!!!