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June 16, 2011  | by: Svenja van den Woldenberg

"Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark"

After nine years of accidents and delays, “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” opened on Tuesday night at Foxwoods Theater.

The $70 million show opening welcomed many celebrities including Spike Lee, Steve Martin, Liam Neeson, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Bill and Chelsea Clinton, which caused the musical to start about 50 minutes late. The opening also welcomed back Julie Taymor, the original producer of the piece. Taymor walked the red carpet, gave interviews and received a standing ovation after the performance. She told the audience during the curtain call, “I just want to thank everybody especially this cast, this crew, these musicians, and this incredible creative team that I worked with for a long time.”

Bono was also present at the show — he even kissed Taymor! He too received a standing ovation and said, “We had to save Spider-Man because Spider-Man has to save New York.”

Still, the show has not gotten many rave reviews, besides from former President Clinton. “What an amazing and historic night on Broadway,” he said. “New York has never seen anything like “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” and I am very proud of them for not giving up, it was fabulous.”

Other critics were still not much happier with the show than they were when it first opened previews in February. Thom Geier from Entertainment Weekly said, “It may be an admirable work of revision, but it’s an unsatisfying meal, like one of mom’s end-of-the-week casseroles made of leftovers she couldn’t bear to toss.”

Ben Brantley of the New York Times said “Spider-Man” is “no longer the ungodly, indecipherable mess it was in February. It’s just a bore.”

Only Elysa Gardner from USA Today echoed Clinton’s happy review, she said, “the revamped musical [is] ‘more of an overt crowd-pleaser,’ and characterizing it as ‘cuter and more cautious’.”

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