Friday, April 15, 2011

Traymor's Broadway 'Spiderman' To Close

Slowly but surely it became inevitable.
Broadway's most expensive, wildest, must-stunt-ridden, most talked about musical seems to be mading with a huge thud.
The $70 million 'Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark' will be shuttered after its last performance this Sunday, April 17.
But wait, don't despair. The producers say this is not the end of Spiderman. The show will appear AGAIN.
In fact, they hope to re-open it after a three-week adjustment,
Still, this is the end of Julie Traymor's Spiderman. All of the director-choreographer's elements in the show will be gone. Many of the spectacular Traymor-induced stunts will also be gone.
Julie's not happy about that.
Here's what her spokesman said:
“Julie feels that the early reviews that published before the show was ready to open sadly do not reflect the show that is closing this weekend.  Most critics, in fact, will have never seen this latest version before they see one that greatly changes major threads of the story, choreography and songs.”
Anyway, some actors will be leaving and new ones will be arriving.
Playwright Glen Berger's new collaborator on the script will be Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, a playwright and comic book author. Aguirre-Sacasa and Berger declined to be interviewed.
More than 245,000 people have seen “Spider-Man” since preview performances began on Nov. 28.
The new version debuts on May 12.
The saga continues . . . sorta.

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