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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

THE PUPPETEER AND THE ROCK STAR

As Rich Schapiro of the NY Daily News reported last week, the opening night for the Spiderman musical on Broadway has been delayed once again. Here's what the producer had to say by way of explanation:

Spider-Man "is 10 times more complicated to [technically rehearse] than anything else, and the preview schedule allows for only very limited rehearsal time" - 12 hours per week, said Michael Cohl, co-producer of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," noting that the new final scene still needs work.
"We simply need more time to fully execute the creative team's vision before freezing the show."

I've got news for you, Mike. It took 410 days to build the Empire State Building. It cost $40,948,900 to build. You and your team are staging a Broadway show and are into it for $65 million. Just saying..

I was surprised to read that the next scheduled opening night is March 15. The Ides of March? Really? I guess the idea is that no one in the theater will blame them for canceling that opening, too, when it's closer -- given the Shakespearean connection.
Finally, Bono and the Edge had this spin to put on the delay:
"Working on this show has been one of the great thrills of our lives," they said. "We'll continue working as long as they let us. We are looking for the extraordinary here, and we are nearly there."

Extraordinary, boys? Really? My Fair Lady was extraordinary. It was based on a play by George Bernard Shaw. It actually had something to say. However it turns out, you guys are putting on a show based on a fucking comic book.

Ego, like medicority these days, knows no bounds.

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