Saturday, April 13, 2024

Spider Man on Broadway Points to November Opening


Believe it or not, “Spider Man: Turn off the Dark” is in full swing.

At $52 million, “Spider Man” is a musical that Broadway may find spins quite a web. But the show–with direction by Julie Taymor, music by U2, and nasty comments from theater twits–is going to happen. I am told that previews are being planned for October, with a late November opening being circled. “Spider Man” will open before the end of 2010, I am assured.

Indeed, the cast and crew are headed to Las Vegas shortly for boot camp. They’re going to learn how to fly at the Foy Flying School, the best theatrical flying academy in the world, which happens to be in Sin City. So everyone’s packing up and getting ready to bolt for insane hot temperatures, pulleys, and nets. And slot machines.

“Spider Man” will offer a lot of flying–even more than we just saw in Cirque du Soleil’s amazing”Cavalia” out at the Izod Theatre in the Meadowlands. Almost no one will be spared the chance to zoom around American Airlines Theater. Even Reeve Carney, who plays Peter Parker/Spider Man, will be showing off his aviation skills. It won’t be left just to the actors who play silent Spider-men.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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