October 20, 2016
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Revamped “Spider-Man” musical gets better reviews

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It has been a sticky road, but signs seem to indicate that the beleaguered “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” musical has worked out its kinks.

Now we need to see if it can keep its cast members alive for the duration of its run.

The revamped musical, with original tunes by U2’s Bon and The Edge, resumed performances Thursday night on Broadway and received moderately positive reviews.

“Aside from a couple of technical glitches and one late entrance, the show unfolded fairly smoothly, without any of the obvious accidents, injuries or mechanical malfunctions that turned “Spider-Man” into an unusually vivid news story (for Broadway) and frequent punch line for late-night comics throughout the winter,” the NY Times writes.

The show has beefed up the role of The Green Goblin while reducing stage time for Arachne, the villain conceived by original director Julie Taymor (who has been let go from the production).

“There’s a lot of dialogue now, which is good. The first act felt like they were trying too hard to make it kid friendly. If they fixed that, it would be perfect,” an attendee to last night’s performance told the NY Daily News.

The show’s official opening is now set for June 14.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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