Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark Is "Frozen"; No Empire State Building Set Change Planned

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09 Jun 2011

The June 8 evening performance of Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark at the Foxwoods Theatre was a special one for the musical's cast.



The performance, which was the musical's 177th preview, marked the last time changes would be implemented into the production, which has been in previews since November 2010. The production, which will officially open June 14, is now "frozen," a term that means what is currently on stage is the final version that critics will review. In fact, critics have been invited to attend the June 9-11 performances.

About the production being "frozen," Philip William McKinley, who is now overseeing the musical, told the New York Times, "I assure you that there are a lot of very excited and relieved people at the Foxwoods Theater today. But no one will be celebrating until Tuesday night."

In related news, producers of Spider-Man had asked that the Empire State Building change its colors to red and blue for the musical's opening night, according to the New York Post. Executives at the New York landmark said they would only do so if a battle between the Green Goblin and Spider-Man, which is depicted in the $70 million musical, was shifted from the Chrysler Building to the Empire State Building.

Producers of the musical were unwilling to make what would have been an extremely costly change to the musical's set.

Show spokesman Rick Miramontez told the New York Post, "Spider-Man is an equal opportunity web-slinger, and there's room in his heart for all of New York's great skyscrapers."

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The musical recently took a temporary hiatus following a preview period that included several cast injuries and numerous delays for the opening night. When performances resumed, the musical featured major changes to the book and new songs by Bono and The Edge.

Newcomers were recently added to the creative team, including playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (a Marvel comics writer and an acclaimed dramatist), director Philip Wm McKinley (The Boy From Oz) and choreographer Chase Brock, who provided musical staging for the City Center Encores! production of Lost in the Stars and also worked on the Wii video game "Dance on Broadway."

It was previously announced that "due to the new schedule, director and co-book writer Julie Taymor will no longer continue in her day-to-day duties with the production."

According to the current Playbill for the musical, music and lyrics are by Bono and The Edge; with a book by Julie Taymor, Glenn Berger and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa; choreography and aerial choreography by Daniel Ezralow; additional choreography by Chase Brock; and original direction by Julie Taymor. Philip Wm McKinley is billed as the creative consultant.

Song titles now include "The Myth of Arachne," "Behold and Wonder," "Bullying by Numbers," "No More," "D.I.Y. World," "Bouncing Off the Walls," "Rise Above," "Pull the Trigger," "Picture This," "A Freak Like Me," "If the World Should End," "Sinistereo," "Spider-Man!," "Turn Off the Dark," "I Just Can't Walk Away," "Think Again," "The Boy Falls From the Sky," "I'll Take Manhattan" and "Finale – A New Dawn."

The cast features Reeve Carney as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Next to Normal Tony nominee Jennifer Damiano as Mary Jane Watson, T.V. Carpio as Arachne and Broadway veteran Patrick Page as Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin.

The new performance schedule follows: Tuesday-Thursday at 7:30 PM, Wednesday at 1:30 PM, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 PM.

Tickets are currently on sale through Oct. 2. Visit SpiderManOnBroadway.com.