There is nothing easier than talking down a show before it has even opened – which is what The Independent’s feature this Sunday, “Spider-Man, world’s most expensive musical, set to fall on its £40m face”, was all about.
However, we do sense a slight panic from Team Spidey, in a show that has suffered a bumpy road of delays, cast dropouts and refinancing on its way to opening at the Foxwoods Theatre in New York on 14 November 2010.
And we also felt a bit sorry for the show’s director Julie Taymor recently as she appeared on Good Morning America. The acclaimed director, who scored such a hit with The Lion King, was made to (slightly hysterically) hold up flash cards to reveal some of the Spidey sets. We can’t quite imagine Sam Mendes or Trevor Nunn going on BBC Breakfast to do this – particularly as the sets looked, well, very 2D (see the image, right).
Plus the show’s composers, Bono and The Edge from U2, were thrown in to the mix live via satellite from Nice (France) to add some star power, but looking a tad exhausted and incoherent.
All that said, Reeve Carney did a passable impression of COOL as he sang one of the songs from the show, Boy Falls From The Sky, alongside his equally cool band.
We are still hoping for a big hit here and have everything crossed.