Note: Please keep in mind that not only is 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' only in previews, but it's also scheduled to undergo some major changes in the coming weeks. This in no way should be considered a review of the final product; this article is meant to provide a sense of where the production currently stands.
'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' is a spectacle. The show has been in the works for quite a while, with readings first being held back in 2007. Tons of delays soon follows (from casting to injuries to an exploding budget), but it pursevered and, finally, announced an opening night of December 21st, 2010. That was then moved to January 2011, and, just recently, to February 2011. According to The New York Times, lead producers decided to push back the opening yet again to "provide more time for the creators to stage a new final number, make further rewrites to the dialogue and consider adding and cutting scenes and perhaps inserting new music from the composers."
Well, regardless of those alterations to come, previews are still underway. And regardless of the show's tumultuous history, the atmosphere in the Foxwoods Theaters is as enthusiastic and optimistic as ever. You can practically feel it in your bones the second you walk through the door that this isn't going to be just any old Broadway show. The production doesn't just have a merchandise stand, it boasts a whole in-house store filled with everything from clothing to coffee mugs. Then there's the bar packed with Spidey-themed drinks, like the Spider Bite and Secret Crush. This isn't a musical, it's an amusement park.