The Spider-Man musical is becoming more of a legend by the day. If it wasn’t epic cost overruns and cast changes, it was a stage setup so ambitious and dangerous that people were breaking bones. Safety concerns have led the Dept. of Labor to inspect the set after a stunt player broke both wrists in a horrifying accident
Aubin, one of several actors in Spider-Man costumes who catapult throughout the theater, was crouching at the back of the stage. Suddenly, he shot up into the air and came crashing down at the lip of the stage with such force, some audience members heard his wrists snap. “It was a thrilling effect, but you knew something was wrong because he hit the stage so hard,” says a source. “He maintained his Spider-Man pose, but you could see he was wincing.”
This in turn has led to yet more delays, with the opening moved from November to January:
It’s supposed to be the biggest, costliest, splashiest show of the Broadway season, but so far it’s just the most troubled. Executives with “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” said Thursday that the opening of the oft-delayed, $60 million musical would be set back once again, this time by three weeks, meaning it will miss lucrative Thanksgiving week, forgo an attention-getting bow over Christmas, and open during the box office doldrums of January.
Director Julie Taymor maintains that the show will be worth the wait and chides the naysayers:
“There are no changes coming to the actual show,” Taymor told me. “All the changes have to do with technical things. The flying, of course. But also all the wires, and the changes between scenes. We may need a little bit of an underscore to cover a move, or a small transition that needs to be smoothed. These are the things that you would work out on the road. We’re doing them here.” Taymor is not naive, but she’s surprised by the venom being spewed toward the show. “This is a time of terrible unemployment. We have around 200 people involved in this, being paid every week. Do we really want to see them lose their jobs? It’s unbelievable.”
And NOW, Vogue magazine has given us the first real look at how the costumes will look. Although Mary Jane (Jennifer Damiano) is clad in designer frocks, here at last are the musical Spidey, Carnage and Green Goblin. Says Taymor of the Carnage/MJ (in Marchesa black-and-white hand-painted crinoline ball gown) confrontation:
“I saw the inherent theatricality in it, and I couldn’t resist.”
Reeve Carney is Spider-Man, while Emmanuel Brown is his stunt double. Patrick Page is the Green Goblin.
Sign us up. This looks amazing. We want those 200 folks to have their jobs.
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.