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Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 02/ 8/2011

'SPIDER-MAN' producers miffed by 'early' theater reviews

By Michael Cavna

spideymarks.jpg (Image: Associated Press)

Yesterday, Comic Riffs brought you an excerpt from The Post's withering review of Broadway's "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" -- as well as theater critic Peter Marks's explanation as to why The Post, like at least a dozen other media outlets, chose to review the $65-million-and-counting production now despite its official opening being delayed for a fourth time.

Now, the Associated Press is reporting, the show's producers are none too happy that so much of the media reviewed the musical in advance of the latest opening date of March 15.

It probably didn't help matters much, of course, that those early reviews so roundly panned the production.

"This pile-on by the critics is a huge disappointment," show spokesman Rick Miramontez tells the AP. "Changes are still being made and any review that runs before the show is frozen is totally invalid."

As Comic Riffs reported last night, most of the reviewers fairly skewered the musical -- including The Post's Marks ("a shrill, insipid mess"); the L.A. Times ("a teetering colossus"); the Hollywood Reporter ("chaotic, dull and a little silly"); and the New York Times ("the sheer ineptitude of this show ... loses its shock value early").

"Spider-Man's" producers couldn't turn off the reviewers' early snark -- and they reportedly believe the collective move to review the show prior to March 15 "violates the time-honored agreement between producers and journalists,"

Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle president Bob Verini told the AP: "The big question is: How long do you wait? That's a fair question that honorable people can agree to disagree on."

Marks explained in his review that "based on the preview period's ever-expanding length and the intense public interest generated by the nationwide news coverage, this newspaper decided, like many other outlets, not to wait out the latest delay and observe Feb. 7 as the opening."

According to Playbill, "Spider-Man" reps said that they hadn't accommodated any reviewing press and that they were not alerted that reviews would be published this week.

The Julie Taymor-directed musical has set at least two records even prior to offically opening: Most expensive Broadway musical ever and longest preview period ever.


By Michael Cavna  | February 8, 2011; 12:15 PM ET
Categories:  General, Superheroes  | Tags:  Bono, Julie Taymor, Peter Marks, Rick Miramontez, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, The Edge  
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The music for Spiderman was written by Bono and 'The Edge'. If that does not stop people from going to see it nothing will.

Posted by: brittania | February 8, 2011 11:29 PM | Report abuse

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