I know that I have been frustrated with Broadway's latest trend of turning every single piece of pop culture into a musical production - with mixed results. However, hasn't Broadway always kind of done that?
Peter Pan, Annie, Camelot - I wonder if there weren't people at the time saying "Oh, no. Why would they make that into a musical? It's just going to be silly."
I suppose that I feel some level of comic book geek superiority in wanting to "preserve" the integrity of one of my superhero icons, but let's take a real quick look at three of my favorite shows from when I was a kid.
|". . . and then I woke up, and Suzanne Pleshette was there."|
Even the comic book itself has taken some peculiar liberties with our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
From the late 80s forward, Peter Parker (Spider-Man. Come on, you knew that) has been married, found out he has a clone, for a while thought he was a clone, been an expectant father, mourned the loss of same baby, split up with his wife, found out he's part of some totemic spider cult, revealed his secret identity, ran around in a suit of spider armor (yes, I said spider armor), reconciled with his wife, and then made a pact with a demon to have pretty much his entire life from 1987 rewound and erased. Well, who could blame him?
This is to say nothing of the the merchandising of said icon.
|Well, it sold better than the |
Wolverine fanny pack.
|Don't Worry. PETA's |
already been called.
This led me to remember the stories that I'd heard about the many difficulties in staging the musical Barnum in the early 80s. I imagined Peter Pan probably had its share of technical snafus as well, but there was no one there to blog about them, and no Facebook or Twitter for everyone to share them anyway.
|Although I might buy a tote.|
So, I decided that I'm going to get off the Spider-Man-Musical-Hating bandwagon. I'm not planning to leap to the front of the fan club, either, but I think I should give it a fair chance.
Is the exorbitant $65 million budget of the production a little irresponsible in these tight economic times? Sure, maybe, but - as far as I'm aware - they aren't using any of my money (and it's not like those wealthy investors are asking for any special tax cuts or anything.)
|"Oh, no no no. You're awesome."|
Is the fact that there are so many performers sustaining serious injuries during rehearsals and previews an indication that the producers, director, designers, and the Actors' Equity Association have temporarily lost their grip on reality? Okay, yes, that probably is the case.
But check out these awesome villain costumes.
I'm sure you recognize the dastardly Green Goblin on the left (Whoville is in big trouble, let me tell ya), and on the right is a brand new villain created just for the production called (wait, this can't be right) Swiss. Miss.
Uh-oh. My Spidey sense is tingling.