The first time around, despite having spent millions on the production, Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark was a flop, a sham, a shame and a disaster. Reviews were mediocre, actors were getting seriously injured left and right, performances were delayed or canceled and it seemed like the only reason people were even buying tickets was with the hope that they’d see someone break their pelvis. And then Julie Taymor left the production and it was all put on hold.
After a wire snapped during a performance of Spiderman: Turn off the Dark last night, causing a stuntman to fall 30 feet, putting him in the hospital, the Actor’s Equity Association stepped in and said that it will halt all performances of Spiderman until better safety regulations are in place.
I know lately it’s been the cool schadenfreude to pick on Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark, and I’ve engaged in some of it myself, but ultimately, I love theater and I love theater people and I hate to see a production gone wrong, when so many people have put so much time into it, but that was sort of what happened when Turn Off the Dark opened this weekend on Broadway.
I don’t know if you’re like me on the upcoming Broadway disaster “Spiderman: Turn off the Dark”, but I keep hoping that it’s just a horrible, horrible dream and that I’ll wake up any moment in a world where U2 isn’t co-writing awful Broadway musicals about Spiderman. But here it is… here’s the first batch of awful pictures.