But “Last night’s opener of Broadway’s most expensive production ever, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark was a ripsnorting flop!” – says Heckler Spray.
“That’s $65 millions worth of high-tech gadgetry fail and bad music soundtracking a utterly baffling script.”
The “poor sods who went to the opening left scratching their bonces, wondering if they’d entered some kind of weird dream-state where the very fabric of everything began to fray around them and slowly fragment like crumbing cheese”, says the story, adding:
“They hadn’t. They had spent a lot of money on a shoddy production which saw them ducking out of the way of falling equipment and actors dangling helplessly from the ceiling. The Foxwoods Theatre on West 42nd Street has probably shrivelled up and vanished in embarrassment today.”
“Spider-Man flew over the skies of New York City on Sunday night . . . sort of”, says the Toronto Star, going on, “The $65-million Broadway musical, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, being produced by Toronto’s Michael Cohl, had its long-awaited, much-postponed first preview at the Foxwoods Theatre, only to have it stopped five times due to technical difficulties.
“Normally, the show is expected to run 2½ hours, but Sunday’s performance started 25 minutes late and took 3½ hours due to all the problems that ensued”.
The story quotes the New York Post as saying, “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.”
Bono’s other investor track record? “In a word: Meh.” – says the Wall Street Journal, giving a blow-by-blow account of his adventures with Palm and Elevation.
No need to stay tuned.
touching discussion – Oh No It’s Bono praises Australia, November 29, 2010
Heckler Spray – Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark Starts Unintentionally Hilarious Theatre Run, November 29, 2010
Toronto Star – Bugs halt Spider-Man five times during first Broadway preview, November 29, 2010
Wall Street Journal - As Bono’s “Spider-Man’ Hits Broadway, What’s the Playbill on His Investing Record?, November 29, 2010
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