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Spider-Man’s first night on Broadway is less than heroic

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The Broadway opening of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark over the weekend should have been one of the highlights of the year for theatergoers and comic geeks alike. With a score from Bono and The Edge from U2, it promised to be a web-slinging spectacular with even more rock credibility than Green Day: The Musical – along with everyone’s favorite New York hero center stage.

If you’ve been following the progression of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark on Broadway, however, then you’ll know that it didn’t exactly get off to a flying start. Having suffered technical difficulties, actors abandoning ship, and a change of director, it seemed that even everyone’s favorite web-slinger couldn’t save this production.

So what was the opening preview weekend like? Well, if reports are to be believed then it drifted fairly close to disaster. Here’s what the New York Post had to say:

Last night’s opening pre view of Broadway’s most expensive production ever, “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” was an epic flop as the $65 million show’s high-tech gadgetry went completely awry amid a dull score and baffling script, theatergoers griped.

Stunned audience members were left scratching their heads over the confusing plot — when they weren’t ducking for cover from falling equipment and dangling actors at the Foxwoods Theatre on West 42nd Street, some said.

At various points, overhead stage wires dropped on the audience, scenery appeared on stage missing pieces — and the show’s star was even left swaying helplessly over them midair during what was supposed to be the climatic end to the first act.

Apparently the show had to be stopped at four points in the first act alone due to technical problems, and one actress was left suspended in the air for about seven minutes. The New York Daily News was in a more generous mood when it reported the following:

The audience in the packed, 1,800-seat Foxwoods Theater, who paid as much as $275 a ticket, called it a surefire smash hit despite some kinks.

Still, it doesn’t take an evil genius to work out that Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark was less than dazzling on its preview weekend. Only time will tell whether they manage to iron out these opening-night kinks and deliver the superhero epic they promised. In the meantime, supervillains everywhere must be rubbing their hands in glee.

Tickets are still available for Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark from the musical’s official website.