Spider Man is one of the most iconic comic book characters of all time. From the movie screen to the stage there’s no denying its appeal to the world. Spider Man Turn Off the Dark, debuted in NYC in 2012 to critical acclaim and also accidents that almost threaten the show completely. This year I had the opportunity to check the theatrical version of Spider Man, which was an experience in itself.
The hype machine for Spider Man was on super high, as I always wanted to see the musical because I’m such a big fan of the comic books. The show started off as expected with the story of Peter Parker (played by Reeve Carney) becoming Spider Man and the back and forth with bully Flash (played by Jake Odmark) and the initial interaction between Peter Parker and Mary “MJ” Jane (played by Rebecca Faulkenberry). It took a while to get to the action, there was a lot of dialogue with MJ, Peter Parker, his grandparents (played by Stephen Lee Anderson and Isabel Keating) and MJ’s father (played by Timothy Warmen). Norman Osborn/Green Goblin (played by
Robert Cuccioli) really did an amazing job playing the crazy, ambitious scientist.
Once the action started, that’s when you get to really see the efforts of the production team put into the show. Several different Spider Man’s were used for the fighting scenes. The back and forth action was great which was balanced well with the dialogue and the musical numbers. Norman Osborne/Green Goblin steals the show, his costume, his dialogue, musical numbers and comedic satire made the perfect bad guy. The show pretty much follows the movie to a tee, although unlike the movie this show goes for almost 3 hours. But with all the high flying acrobatically moves you hardly notice time.
Some of the negatives are; you can see the guys dressed in all black moving a lot of the moving part of the stage. Also because the story of Spider Man has different spins to it, they played it safe by following the movie too much. I wished they had followed the comic book more. Overall the Spider Man musical is worth seeing especially if you have kids. Both Spider Man and the Green Goblin go into the crowd and get up close and personal. For ticket information visit and click here.
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