Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark does not officially open on Broadway until March 15th - but most major theater critics have delivered their reviews of the production. Simply put, the notices have been brutal.
According to the New York Times' Ben Brantley, who weighed in with one of the most deliciously nasty reviews,"Spider-Man" is not only the most expensive musical ever to hit Broadway; it may also rank among the worst." Brantley described the troubled show as "grievously broken in every respect" and suggested that the producers should "play up regularly and resonantly the promise that things could go wrong" because the possibility for disaster is the only entertaining thing about the show.
Here are some bits from other reviews, presented from the most savage to the almost-kinda-nice.
Peter Marks, Washington Post: "Story-wise, 'Spider-Man' is a shrill, insipid mess, a musical aimed squarely at a Cub Scout demographic."
Jason Zinoman, Slate: "Imagine the gall it takes to have Spider-ManRead More »from ‘Spider-Man’ Musical Gets Brutal Early Reviews From Theater Critics