Even putting all of these things aside, though, I’ve had my own issues with Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, and those, too, have grown as more and more crazy has surfaced in relation to it. Part of it is the price tag. It’s true that less isn’t always more– sometimes more is more– but honestly, I don’t think ANYONE needs $65 million to make a piece of theatre. The biggest problem, though? Once upon a time, circa the debut of Taymor’s hugely popular Broadway production of The Lion King, Richard Schechner asked her, “But with the fabulous success of The Lion King, aren’t producers running after you?… Why not, do you think?” Taymor replied, “I never had theatre producers run after me. Some people want to make more Broadway shows out of movies. But [husband and collaborator] Elliot [Goldenthal] and I aren’t going to do Batman: The Musical.”
Anyone else see something weird here?
The whole thing has always smacked of vanity project to me, and it all comes back to this sound byte. Famous last words, eh?
The subtitle of Moran’s Spider-Man is “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility.” Yes, this comes directly from the source material; but Moran has tapped into something bigger here. Storytellers always have a responsibility, whether you’re making a big-budget stage production, shooting a multi-million dollar movie, or reading a fairytale to your favorite five-year-old: Storytellers have to tell stories, and they have to tell them clearly and engagingly. Otherwise, what’s the point?
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m way more interested in seeing The Spidey Project: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility. If you’re in the NY area, check it out! There are two shows next Monday, one at 8pm and one at 10pm, so take your pick. Online ticket presales sold out in less than a minute– but! A chunk of tickets has been laid aside for purchase at the door, so get there early to snag them. So go on, Spider-Man. Do whatever a spider can. And keep all your limbs intact while doing it!
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