Drawing from over 40 years of Marvel comic books for inspiration, Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark spins a new take on the mythic tale of a young man propelled from a modest rowhouse in Queens to the sky-scraping spire of the Chrysler Building, the bustling offices of the Daily Bugle, through the dizzying canyons of Manhattan, to new vistas never before seen. The musical follows the story of teenager Peter Parker, whose unremarkable life is turned upside-down—literally—when he’s bitten by a genetically altered spider and wakes up the next morning clinging to his bedroom ceiling. This bullied science-geek—suddenly endowed with astonishing powers—soon learns, however, that with great power comes great responsibility as villains test not only his physical strength but also his strength of character.
One of the most technically elaborate Broadway musicals of all time, Spider-Man brings the Manhattan skyline to life on stage and features incredible aerial stunts as Spider-Man flies over the audience to fight his foes. The show is narrated by a “geek chorus,” a group of comic book-loving teens who tell Parker’s story and argue over what they believe should happen next. The musical features a rock score penned by famed U2 musicians Bono and the Edge. Similar to other projects from the show’s director, Julie Taymor, there are inventive costumes, puppets, masks, projections and more stunning visual techniques used throughout the show.
Is Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark Good for Kids?
While superhero loving kids will go crazy for Spider-Man as he soars around the audience, younger children may be frightened by the Green Goblin and the other evildoers who aim to fight Spider-Man. Much of the fight choreography looks like stylized dancing, so it is not overly violent.
Basic Information and Current Schedule
Comedy, Drama, Kid Friendly, Musical
Mon: No show
Wed: 2:00pm, 8:00pm
Sat: 2:00pm, 8:00pm
Address: 213 West 42nd Street
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