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(The Hollywood Reporter)   It's lights out for Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark   ( divider line
    More: Fail, Turn Off the Dark, Spider-Man, Broadway, Julie Taymor, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, The Edge, foxwoods casino, Michael Cohl  
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2013-11-19 01:48:02 PM  
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I keep telling people: the hell of it is, this COULD have worked.

Of course they react as if I'm nuts, but the truth is, you can make anything "work" if the results come together. Combine the acrobatics of Cirque de Soleil with a West Side Story urban background and the Jacobean revenge fantasies that sometimes popped up in the Silver Age, songs by one of the most popular rock stars in the industry, and a modern book with Avengers/Whedon influences, and you might actually have something that would get young males interested in musical theater. "Les Miserables" and "Evita" don't sound like projects that would lend themselves particularly well to the Great White Way, either.

Well...maybe it's more accurate to say that I WANTED it to work. I'm a comic book nerd with a musical theater education. This thing could have been fun just to look at.

Then I bought the cast recording. And this was the original cast recording, before they redid the whole thing after those disastrous previews. The songs start out okay - just okay - and then get progressively worse until they sound like something you'd hear from a road production of "Annie." The music was uncontainably awful. You're supposed to walk out of the theater humming it, but for the life of me I can't remember a single bit of it except the lead's terrible metal-wail from "The Boy Falls From the Sky."

Anyone on Fark actually see this disgrace? With the feeling that you'd paid your money's worth for an engaging and uplifting theatrical experience?
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