Looks like the folks associated with Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark are NOT happy with two theatre critics who have released reviews while previews are still running.
Jeremy Gerard from Bloomberg News and Linda Winer from Newsday have made some enemies by releasing Spider-Man reviews over five weeks before opening night.
Here’s what Spider-Man spokesperson Rick Miramontez had to say about it:
“For a major critic to review a Broadway musical, or play for that matter, after only the twentieth preview, is disappointing and uncalled for. Whatever reason the critic or their editor may have, it does not mask the fact that for decades, musicals have developed in front of paying audiences before critics are INVITED. While we are certainly not naive about the media scrutiny attached to this production, as we have been accommodating throughout, this unprecedented new development is troubling, to say the least.”
Winer’s Newsday review complimented the show for its flying effects, but also said it had a weak second act, and she included interviews with audience members, some of whom had less-than-positive things to say about the show, and its music.
Gerard’s Bloomberg review complimented the sets, lighting, and choreography, but it referred to the show itself as “an unfocused hodge-podge of story-telling, myth-making and spectacle that comes up short in every department.”
On the one hand, it certainly seems like these critics crossed some lines by releasing these early reviews, but on the other hand, we haven’t been overjoyed with the Spider-Man folks themselves, given all the drama and injuries that have taken place during the previews.
What do U think? Team Critics or Team Spider-Man?
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