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Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark

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Recently I’ve seen a lot of news stories about a new Broadway show called “Spiderman: Turn off the Dark”, based on the Spiderman movie and comic franchise. The show is the most technologically advanced show ever made, costing over $60 million to produce. One unique feature is a stunt system similar to that used for cameras in football games as they fly over the field (or in this case, stage) at over fifty miles per hour.

Although the show has gained a lot of attention from names such as director Julie Taymor and music by Bono from U2, the first previews of the show have not gone well. The first preview ran over three and a half hours long, began an hour late, and had to be stopped 5 times throughout the duration of the show due to technical problems. Three actors were injured so far from these malfunctions. One actress even sustained a concussion after being hit in the head with a rope. Another was stranded midair over the audience for over an hour.

The problems have caused delays in the premiere of the show and have prompted cancellations of preview performances. Ticketmaster is refunding tickets for the cancelled shows starting in February, and an opening date has not been set. The show is nine years in the making, so hopefully the producers can work out all of the kinks soon! I would definitely be interested in seeing the end result once all the problems are sorted out.

Sources: http://tv.gawker.com/5701419/spider+man-on-broadway-uses-same-technology-as-hovering-football-cameras

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/12/spider-man-musical-will-refund-tickets/

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Written by nicoleg201

December 15, 2010 at 12:13 am

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