AMAZING SPIDER-MAN writer Dan Slott attended the premiere of the NEW, revised, less Arachne Spider-Man musical last night, and he tweeted his review!
Yep! I just came back from the ALL-NEW ver of @SpideyOnBway… and, WALOPING WEB-SNAPPERS, it IS new and IMPROVED! WOO-HOO! You know who’s the hero who saved Spidey? Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, that’s who!!! Roberto’s new book and lyrics for @SpideyOnBway are FUN! :-) Now, when Spidey fights during TURN OFF THE DARK, he QUIPS!!! He didn’t B4, and now that he does: it’s SPIDEY again! YAY! @SpideyOnBway
1 thing that HASN’T changed (and I’ve seen both versions) the cast remains EXCELLENT! :) And in this NEW ver they shine MORE! @SpideyOnBway Now, during TURN OFF, Uncle Ben is NOT killed by being run over by a car! The lesson here: Want something fixed? Use a comic book writer! :) In TURN OFF THE DARK, know what Peter says after Uncle Ben dies? “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility!” He DIDN’T B4! They FIXED IT! Tonights show: No stopping. Not even once. All good, all the way through! :) And all the stunts and ADDED flying sequences were AWESOME!
Cutest moment: Tonight’s TURN OFF THE DARK ended on a standing ovation from the ENTIRE audience! And when the curtain went down, you could hear the cast members let out their own hoots and cheers– because they KNEW they nailed it! They now have a FUN hit! #TheyFixedIt!!!!
Is there still silly stuff in TURN OFF THE DARK? Swarm? Giant baby? Rubber wrestler? Sure. But the show is now infused w/ so much FUN! :-) Something I REALLY loved about the new-and-improved TURN OFF THE DARK: expanded roles for Aunt May, Jonah, MJ, and even more for Flash. :-)
As you may recall, if you have not been living in a cave with no Internet access, the Spider-Man musical has been plagued with problems for the last seven years or so, starting with the original producer dropping dead just as he was signing a contract for the show, moving right on to destroying Julie Taymor’s career, and making Bono contemplate the meaning of humility. Aguirre-Sacasa and director Philip William McKinley have restaged the original, puzzling production, and if the Slott Report is to be believed,
People are standing up and cheering for Spidey on Broadway!
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.