I saw Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (Broadway) on 04/02/11. Overall, I'd say it was a 2-star rating. I'd summarize it by saying “It's like this show was created in purpose of the lush sets and costumes, not the other way around.”
The reviews that have been going around have been pretty accurate. Make no mistake, the costumes and sets are absolutely stunning. I feel like the crew should have come out for the curtain call too because those are a lot of moving parts being managed at all times. Also, good to see they've sorted out the technical glitches now, there were no injuries on my night.
That said, there is no plot, no unifying theme, no coherence, and the songs are bad. Most of the time you can't even tell what the actors are singing, but when you can it is bad. No going around it. It's weirdly paced too, you get the impression that we're zipping around hitting all the well-trod tropes of the superhero origin story so we can get to the next awe-inspiringly elaborate set piece. There was no regard for character or plot development, only shock and awe.
Definitely take kids to this, they'll love the stunts and the general insanity of it all. But this is still worth seeing for everyone, because there is nothing quite like this on Broadway (though whether there should be nobody knows).
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