Monday, April 22, 2024

$55 Mil Spider Man on Broadway Delayed Until November 28, with January Opening


Julie Taymor‘s “Spider Man: Turn off the Dark”– costing at least $55 million– has been postponed until November 28th for its first preview. The new opening night is January 11, 2011. That 1-11-11. Pretty cool, really.

Over at the New York Post, Michael Riedel is warming his hands hoping for a complete disaster, and a monumental failure. I don’t think he’s going to have it. Riedel is the Green Goblin of Broadway. He’s also, really, quite awful when it comes to these things. Wishing “Spider Man” into collapse won’t make it happen.

I wrote on October 12th that the “flying inspectors” were coming. So they came. The show has two extra weeks to fix itself up. The whole second act has been rehearsed. Now the show will be run through in its entirety. The previews are designed to let the creators of the show make changes. So November 28th, while it will be sold out, is just a preview.

As for the box office, I expect once “Spider Man” starts performances, people will want to see it. There are legions of “Spider Man” fans, Marvel comics fans, and U2 fans who will want to hear Bono and The Edge’s new songs.

Riedel quoted an “source” the other day who said of Julie Taymor: “The chick is nuts.” Taymor is hardly a “wack job,” as Riedel gleefully reports. What an idiotic way to describe the creator of “The Lion King,” of a highly admired Oscar nominated film, “Frida,” and a new much praised film of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”–and many other ambitious and artistic achievements. Enough!

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.

Read more

In Other News