This past weekend was a special treat as I got to see Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark. Again.
Yes, again. I first went last year during previews, and I was thinking what everyone else was thinking. There were so many problems (and they even stopped two minutes into the show) but it was so fascinating. Transformative costumes and unique takes on perspective with the set design were definite standouts. The leads, Reeve Carney and Jennifer Damiano impressed with their voices as well as their commitment to their roles. But certain things were amiss. Besides the obvious issues when they stopped the show, there were certain story issues. The Greek Chorus was distracting, I wanted more of the Green Goblin, and the ending fell extremely flat.
Seems that reworking the show was actually beneficial. Now there is clarity in addition to the spectacular talent and creativity. When I went for the second time Rebecca Faulkenberry was Mary Jane Watson and Carney’s alternate, Matthew James Thomas, was Peter Parker. They made an adorable couple, and really carried the show. The aerial stunts are impressive reflecting the thrilling and surprising nature of the show. You never know what is coming next. Even with the pruning the script when through nothing is necessarily predictable visually, even when you know Spiderman is going to save the day. The corrections were all made for good, and I would suggest going now that the show is set. Just please leave the little kids at home, I don’t think I have ever witnessed so much fidgeting, crying and parents leaving the theater before in a Broadway theater.