It may take an actual superhero to save the “Spider-Man the Musical” from its nonstop fiascos.
After multiple delays, two injuries during rehearsals and endless financial chaos, the $65 million Broadway production based on the web-slinging comic book hero apparently still needs some work before its official opening on Jan. 11.
“If you named all of Broadway’s last big hits, they all had first previews like that,” said Rick Miramontez, the show’s press agent. “There are things to work on and we look forward to ironing out those glitches.”
Directed by Julie Taymor and featuring the music of Bono and The Edge, the show’s first preview for a paying audience Sunday ran almost four hours because of technical problems. Several actors found themselves stranded mid-air and hovering awkwardly over the audience. Many theatergoers were less than pleased with the show’s current state. “I feel like we’re guinea pigs,” a female cried out loudly in frustration according to published reports.
Reports, reviews and tweets describing the performance were hitting message boards during the performance. An anonymous user on one board said “the music was totally not catchy” and “the story was by far the weakest element of the production.”
“As a theater professional, I’m appalled by the idea of someone reviewing the first preview,” said longtime Broadway publicist Richard Kornberg. “These people wanted to see a mess and then experience the thrill of ripping it apart.”
Official theater critics, such as myself, will not be invited to attend the show until just before Jan. 11, assuming that the preview period is not extended further. The show was originally slated to open last February.