Annie Leibovitz for Vogue
A few weeks ago, I finally got to see the highly talked about, ever changing spectacle that is Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark.
Since it’s rocky start, the show has been no stranger to controversy as it has been plagued with a myriad of problems, including hospitalized actors, endless rewrites and the loss of it’s original director, Julie Taymor (whose artistic vision can be witnessed in Broadway staple,the widely successful The Lion King).
At first I was really excited about the prospect of finally being able to witness the production for myself. However, with reviews as horrible as they’ve been, I adjusted my hopes accordingly. I went in to the theater wishing two things: “please don’t suck” and “please…. nobody fall on me.” Well… no one fell on me.
Here’s the deal, it didn’t entirely suck. I’m a very visual person and I found the production absolutely stunning. I could clearly see Taymor’s aesthetic in it’s full glory in the beautiful opening number featuring women weaving on a massive scale via swings (exactly).
Also, I would actually purchase some of the costume pieces I saw, with there deliberate black, ink-like streaks. It was genius. A perfect example of interpreting comic art into fashion. I have half a mind to design an entire collection based around this idea…. maybe. The major problem lies in the horrible U2 written and composed score. Horrible is an understatement. I’m refraining from using the word I want to use. The singing of these lackluster, unmemorable songs was not much better. And actors singing over each other led to some off-key, cringe-worthy moments.
You do want to SEE this musical (if you can get tickets for next to nothing), especially if you’re sitting in the orchestra like I did, and Spider-man is flying overhead witty quips and all. Arguably, the high-flying action was the best part of the show. That being said, you don’t actually want HEAR the musical. Which is a bit of an issue, seeing as… IT’S A FREAKING MUSICAL! If you ever do go, my suggestion is to download the soundtrack to the first Toby McSpider-man movie, and listen to that during the numbers.
But back to the beauty of the production! I found the costumes amazing. So for this month’s enditorial” I’ve chosen a gorgeously geeky Spidey spread from Vogue, featuring the fierce Coco Rocha in some breathtaking Zac Posen gowns posing alongside costumed characters. Honestly, I found this editorial more compelling than the actual production. Thank goodness for high fashion.