About Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
Be sure to check your ticket before you go: for four shows each week, the curtain rises earlier than other musicals. These earlier shows also sell out faster, so plan ahead if you want to buy Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark tickets for these performances.
Perhaps the most notorious – and notoriously expensive – musical in Broadway history, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has become a family-friendly extravaganza that appeals to kids of all ages. The show, currently at the Foxwoods Theatre, tells the origin story of the iconic and beloved Marvel Comics superhero with gravity-defying acrobatics, an eye-catching collection of colorful costumes, art deco sets, flashy video projections and pulse-pounding music by Bono and the Edge of the mega rock band U2.
In Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, just as in the comic books and the recent blockbuster movies, Peter Parker is a teenage nerd who gets pushed around by bullies in high school. His only salvation is his loving relationship with his Aunt May and Uncle Ben, who raised him after his parents died, and Mary Jane – Peter’s childhood friend and budding romantic interest. Everything changes during a class field trip to genius scientist Norman Osborn’s laboratory, when Peter gets bitten by a giant mutant spider.
What happens next audiences might remember from the comic books and recent movies, including Peter’s discovery of his amazing new powers, the development of the costume, his foolish entrance into a wrestling contest to earn money to buy a car to impress MJ, the violent death of a person very close to him, and his realization that “with great power comes great responsibility.” Meanwhile, Norman Osborn and his beloved scientist wife Emily conspire to test their mutant transformation theories using Norman as a subject. Unfortunately, this turns Norman into the Green Goblin.
Chaos reigns when the Green Goblin turns his fellow former lab partners into “Freaks of Science”— The Lizard and Swiss Miss (a woman made of spinning knives), amongst others. While Peter hides his Spidey-identity and tries to make his new girlfriend MJ happy, the Freaks cause havoc in New York City. Will Peter give up the super-hero role to live a normal life? Will the Goblin crush him like a bug falling off the Chrysler Building? Will Peter Parker tell MJ who he really is? As Spider-Man fights villains literally over the audience’s heads and spins a story web both familiar and unexpected, the music blazes, the effects excite and all is revealed.
Two hours and 45 minutes (one intermission)
Comic-book nerds, Cirque du Soleil aficionados and fans of U2’s brand of grandiose, anthemic rock music will find plenty to cheer for in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and might even be enthralled.
Good for kids?
Many kids take their parents (and vice versa) to see Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. The second act features a couple of scenes that are potentially scary for very young children, but all the violence is of the comic book variety.
Foxwoods Theatre Location Information:
213 West 42nd St.
New York, NY 10036
1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R, S to Times Sq./42nd St.; B, D, F, M to 42nd St./Bryant Park
About Foxwoods Theatre
Foxwoods Theatre was renovated in 1997, combining two old and defunct former Broadway playhouses, the Apollo and the Lyric, into one of the biggest theaters in New York. The new theater has a spaciousness to it that might make audience members forget that they are in the middle of crowded Times Square. The seats at Foxwoods Theatre are comfortable and the lobby feels like a hotel or a casino. Concessions include drinks, snacks, and plenty of merchandise.
Preview Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark on Broadway
Get a teaser of the aerial stunts, rocking soundtrack and amazing effects that make Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark one of the most technically elaborate – and talked about – musicals on Broadway.
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