Reviewers Slam ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark’

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The biggest spectacle to ever hit broadway, which has been plagued by accidents, setbacks and calls for its closure, is fighting a new foe: critics.

Breaking with tradition, a bevy of theater reviewers have decided to lift the curtain on their reviews of the much-delayed ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark.’ So far, the reviews aren’t good.

In his New York Times review, critic Ben Brantley wrote “the sheer ineptitude of this show… loses it’s shock value early. After 15 or 20 minutes, the central question you keep asking yourself is… ‘How long before I’m out of here?'”


Los Angeles Times reviewer Charles McNulty wrote “Incoherence isn’t much to sit through.”


Washington Post reviewer Peter Marks wrote “‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ belongs in the dankest subbasement of the American musical theater.” He later concluded his review with “Musical lovers… might wish the whole unsalvageable thing would just take a flying leap.”


It’s very unusual for reviewers to actually post their thoughts on a major Broadway show before it officially opens. ‘Spider-Man’ is still in previews, meaning the various parts of the show can be changed, altered, axed or entirely rewritten. Once it officially opens – now set for March 15 – the show is considered “set” and basically unalterable.

What do you think? Will you go to see the show? Do critical reviews matter to you? Sound off in our comments section.

  • David Brooks, Jersey City

    I saw the show early January and found the show to have very weak choreography, not a great story line, and I don’t get why anyone would want to introduce a new “queen of the spiders” character to a 50-year old superhero icon in what is already a risky comic book to the stage venture.

    That said, the show was unlike anything I’ve ever seen or experienced. A visual feast, a thrilling ride, and a testament to out-of-the-box creativity. It was a “moment” experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything.

    Remember – it’s Marvel Comics, not Tennessee Williams…and in my opinion it’s brilliant for what it is. Go see it!

  • Fred

    The tourists will go anyway.

  • peter

    I think they are just holding on until Senator Schumer can call for a federal bailout for the show.

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  • edward

    This show is the epitome of all that has been wrong on Broadway for far too long.retreaded revivals, TV shows as musicals and comic book characters.
    The investors and producers have been catering to audiences who only know television personalities and the professional red carpet quasi-celebrities that attend them.Isn’t it time for some new material that isn’t explotiting the “out-of-towners’ for a change.

    • Rick

      For the next couple of weeks you can see a show that isn’t a retreaded revival, TV show as musical, or is exploiting anyone –check out The Road to Qatar, written by Stephen Cole and David Krane and playing at the York Theatre. The constant laughter responding to the first-rate performance from the talented performers will make you feel good about spending so little money to be so completely entertained. Edward is right –it IS time for some new material and I think this is it.

  • Dave Evans

    I hope that’s shepherds pie in me knickers.

  • Paul Hewson


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