Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark finally opened on Broadway last night – and nobody died. Nobody even got hurt. That was the good news for the musical which was originally supposed to open in December. The bad news: the musical has been panned by critics as (at best) average to (at worst) an embarrassment.
Despite the reviews the celebs flocked to the premiere. Big names like Matt Damon and Jay-Z joined U2’s Bono and The Edge (who penned the entire score) at the show. Bill Clinton was even there and according to New York magazine’s Vulture blog, he was pretty amused with a scene in which the Green Goblin gets angry at an automated voice-mail system. Even ex President’s can relate.
Former director Julie Taymor also showed up. She was famously axed as director of the $70 million dollar musical in March after cast members dropped out (or got seriously injured) and the premiere date continued to be pushed back. (The show set a record with 183 preview shows before officially opening.) Even if the show was not a hit, the set designers have one very famous fan. After the show Diane Von Furstenberg tweeted “Quite a production! Sets are magnificent especially in the first act! Love Diane.” – Regan Reid