NEW YORK (CBS 2/1010 WINS) — At long last, the curtain has risen on “Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark.”
The first preview performance of the superhero show on Broadway got underway at the Foxwoods Theatre at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
The anticipation has been building for months amid reports of injuries from the wild stunts and soaring costs. Many theatergoers said they were curious to see how it would turn out.
“I came to get a ticket because I’ve heard it’s such a disaster and this would be the first time they’ve ever run the show…I want to come and see it all go horrendously wrong,” one man told 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon.
1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon reports
The $65 million show is believed to be the most expensive ever to hit the Great White Way. It features music by Bono and The Edge of U2, just one of the reasons people are excited.
“I heard it cost $60 million, and I wonder why, so I’m very curious to see what this theater is going to look like, and I want to hear the new songs by Bono and The Edge,” one New Yorker, set to see the show in a few weeks, said.
The production has been beset by technical and editorial difficulties, and has seen several delays. It was originally scheduled to open in January.
Ruth Lynn, who said she worked with the show’s director on The Lion King, had a ticket and said she trusted Julie Taymor’s vision despite reports of problems.
“I don’t know how you’re going to get to a certain end if you don’t experience all kinds of things. I don’t wish anybody harm, but she has great ideas,” she said.