The buzz on Broadway continues to center around Julie Taymor’s 65 million dollar production of SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK at the Foxwoods Theater on 42nd Street. The first preview performance on November 28th was an utter disaster with people demanding their money back when two actors in the production about the Marvel comics’ superhero were left dangling in mid-air stopping the show for several minutes on more than one occasion.
Then last month on December 20 Christopher Tierney, a 31 year old actor in the show, was seriously injured when his harness cable broke dropping him 30 feet. He suffered a fractured skull, cracked his vertebrae and broke several ribs in the plunge, which closed the show for several days. Despite his injuries Tierney supported by a back brace walked out of the hospital on December 30th and is looking forward to returning to SPIDER-MAN his father was quoted reporting to the press. Tierney was backstage at the show on January 7 to wish his fellow cast members good luck and then took an orchestra seat to watch the show.
Other minor injuries have also been reported. And according to a web report co-star Natalie Mendoza, who played villainess Arachne, has left the production after suffering a concussion according to New York Post writers. She reportedly signed a confidentiality agreement as part of a deal to be released from her contract and negotiated a sizeable settlement. Mendoza had returned to the show on December 15, but had not fully recovered even going so far as to write about her struggles on her Facebook page.
Although reports claim the technical glitches are improving the producers have postponed the opening date three times. Originally scheduled to open December 21, the latest opening night has now been moved from February 7 to March 15 in an effort to fine-tune aspects of the production, including a new ending. Lead producer Michael Cohl assured the press this will be the final postponement.
The demand for tickets has been overwhelming and will probably continue, so why bother with an official opening night. When SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK is sound and running smoothly let the critics come to write their reviews. We know the special effects will certainly be astounding enough to keep ticket sales brisk despite the critics. So let them eat cake and let’s declare SPIDER-MAN a hit. Certainly almost everyone I speak with is dying to see it. PC