Spider-Man Returns To Stage With Mishap-Free Performance
By: Michael Stevens
Published: Dec 24, 2021
Spider-man returns to stage with mishap-free performance. Spider-man wants to restore public confidence as it returns to the Broadway stage. It's a big $65 million production with music by U2's Bono and The Edge.
The Broadway show was suspended two shows over safety concerns when an actor plunged nearly 30 feet from an elevated platform, breaking ribs and requiring surgery. "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" resumed to mixed audience reviews and without accidents during its 35-plus aerial stunts, though one of the costumed and tethered "Spideys" flying over the audience nearly fell off a ledge and needed help from a stage hand to regain his footing.
Four actor injuries and major delays before the November 28 start of preview performances have focused attention on the most expensive production in Broadway history, raising speculation that despite its star power the Julie Taymor-directed show could become an epic flop.
"It's like going to a NASCAR (auto) race. Everybody's looking for an accident to happen," said Mark Infante, 53, a real estate developer who was disappointed with the show, especially the music. "I thought Bono and The Edge would have done a better job. It needs more back beat," he said.