Spider-Man: The Musical, music by U2

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If the guy didn't land on Bono, I don't care.

Telephoneface (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 21 December 2010 13:08 (4 years ago) Permalink

That would have been poetic justice.

THX THO... (Nicole), Tuesday, 21 December 2010 13:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

not to be a killjoy but dude was in a neck brace and on a stretcher

forksclovetofu, Tuesday, 21 December 2010 14:10 (4 years ago) Permalink

i'm pretty sure you meant to be a killjoy there

da croupier, Tuesday, 21 December 2010 14:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

yah, i suppose i did.

forksclovetofu, Tuesday, 21 December 2010 14:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

Neck brace and stretcher does not mean he sustained injuries to his neck or spine. It's standard procedure, in case he did sustain injuries, which will be determined once he reaches the hospital. Small solace, sure, but don't assume the worst (though video of that tumble looked, er, bad).

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 21 December 2010 14:46 (4 years ago) Permalink

It seems like so little thought was given to safety precautions for this production, which seems insane given the amount of wirework involved.

THX THO... (Nicole), Tuesday, 21 December 2010 14:51 (4 years ago) Permalink

So apparently this will need to run for at least four years just to recoup costs? What will the death toll be by then?

Simon H., Tuesday, 21 December 2010 14:58 (4 years ago) Permalink

As with any misfortune in the 2010s, I read the instant zings and think oh no not funny not funny, but then:

@Reddingwb: I hear now that during the next U2 tour they will do a tribute scrolling the names of people injured during The Spiderman broadway show.

would like a calmer set (Eazy), Tuesday, 21 December 2010 15:55 (4 years ago) Permalink

How to fix the Spider-Man musical: cast Jerry Lewis in the lead role. Change title to The Nutty Spider. You're welcome.

Son of Sisyphus of Reaganing (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 21 December 2010 16:34 (4 years ago) Permalink

To tell the truth, I've yet to hear anything about this and not immediately think of "Stop The Planet Of The Apes. I Want To Get Off!" Though I'd much rather see "Stop The Planet Of The Apes. I Want To Get Off!"

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 21 December 2010 19:05 (4 years ago) Permalink

"Equity to Halt Performances; Investigation Underway"

Several broken ribs.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 21 December 2010 19:48 (4 years ago) Permalink

Very lucky man, I should add.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 21 December 2010 19:49 (4 years ago) Permalink

Curious if Julie Taymor's going to follow her "when did we start caring about money?" quotes with "when did we start caring about cast injuries?"

da croupier, Tuesday, 21 December 2010 20:04 (4 years ago) Permalink

Internal bleeding, too. And he fell 30 feet, not the initially reported 8-10.

Son of Sisyphus of Reaganing (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 21 December 2010 20:18 (4 years ago) Permalink

well given the pic/video, there's no way that was 8-10 feet

this is basically done, right

Indolence Mission (DJP), Tuesday, 21 December 2010 20:18 (4 years ago) Permalink

after the cash they've dropped, it feels like it would take an actual fatality for them to just give up

da croupier, Tuesday, 21 December 2010 20:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

when is the emperor's no clothes moment gonna happen? apart from the injuries this was just a stupid idea to begin with.

goole, Tuesday, 21 December 2010 20:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

I believe that moment happened around the time this project was announced.

Indolence Mission (DJP), Tuesday, 21 December 2010 20:22 (4 years ago) Permalink

Hard to believe they've been working on this shit for nearly a decade.

WARS OF ARMAGEDDON (Karaoke Version) (Sparkle Motion), Tuesday, 21 December 2010 20:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

Spider Man: Polish The Turd

da croupier, Tuesday, 21 December 2010 20:26 (4 years ago) Permalink

nearly a decade to come up with this:

Indolence Mission (DJP), Tuesday, 21 December 2010 20:27 (4 years ago) Permalink

oh my God, I didn't realize he was supposed to be catching Mary Jane

this is horrible but I am super glad dude is okay because it makes me feel like less of an ass for laughing at the absurdity of this

Indolence Mission (DJP), Tuesday, 21 December 2010 20:29 (4 years ago) Permalink

holy shit I just watched the video, that makes this decidedly less funny

Indolence Mission (DJP), Tuesday, 21 December 2010 20:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

You know, the Cirque de Soleil comment above made me realize that if the rightsholders had just approached *them* to do a production based on all this and they just had it run in Vegas, there might have been some eyerolling but the damn thing would have made a mint and be chugging along without a worry.

Instead there's Bono blathering, Julie Taymor biting off more than she can chew and near-death.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 21 December 2010 20:35 (4 years ago) Permalink

The Gawker piece calling for them to close down for good and cut their losses basically says that even if all the technical elements we were pulled off perfectly, the terrible book and songs and basics would make it one of the most boring, bad Broadway productions in history.

This would have made a great Vegas Cirque de Soleil stunt thing, no doubt, U2 songs and all.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 21 December 2010 20:36 (4 years ago) Permalink

the terrible book and songs and basics would make it one of the most boring, bad Broadway productions in history.

If the 60 minutes piece on the play was anything to go by, the songs were really weak even by current U2 standards.

THX THO... (Nicole), Tuesday, 21 December 2010 20:43 (4 years ago) Permalink

oh my God, I didn't realize he was supposed to be catching Mary Jane

he wasn't supposed to catch her - he was supposed to rush to the edge and appear to jump as the lights went back, with the cord keeping him from actually going over. And it didn't.

da croupier, Tuesday, 21 December 2010 20:58 (4 years ago) Permalink

lights went off, sorry

da croupier, Tuesday, 21 December 2010 20:58 (4 years ago) Permalink

insane that they've got these massive, movement and sight-blocking harnesses everywhere and they don't actually WORK

da croupier, Tuesday, 21 December 2010 21:00 (4 years ago) Permalink

Maybe they're trolling everybody and this is actually Phantom of the Opera 2.0

Moka, Tuesday, 21 December 2010 21:06 (4 years ago) Permalink

http://broadwayworld.com/article/Morning_Update_Video_of_SPIDERMAN_Injury_Actor_Identified_20101221

We're told via a stagehand that this was NOT a flying sequence and that Spider-Man was NOT supposed to drop at all. He was supposed to run to top of the ramp as if to jump with the lights then set to go to black. The cable that snapped is what stops him from going over the edge, and that is what failed. He then fell approximately 30 feet.

Can't believe the rep actually said "several" feet

da croupier, Tuesday, 21 December 2010 21:09 (4 years ago) Permalink

this is giving me emotional whiplash

like I keep going back and forth between "this is horrible" and "AHAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHA"

Indolence Mission (DJP), Tuesday, 21 December 2010 21:10 (4 years ago) Permalink

A hyper-realist post-modern reenacting of the phantom of the opera would be genius come to think of it.

They're inviting everyone into the play, even those who haven't seen it. The play is half Broadway, half street performance with the media not knowing of their participation. In a few weeks hired audience members will suffer from an accident and eventually they'll reveal the green goblin has been living inside the theater all this time and he has been tampering with the production.

Moka, Tuesday, 21 December 2010 21:12 (4 years ago) Permalink

one thing that wasn't pointed out is that the only reason we have video of this is because some dickhead was taping a Broadway musical on his iPhone

mmmm... yung hummus (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 21 December 2010 21:15 (4 years ago) Permalink

Was he gonna post it to Midtown Vegan?

mmmm... yung hummus (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 21 December 2010 21:15 (4 years ago) Permalink

one thing that wasn't pointed out is that the only reason we have video of this is because some dickhead was taping a Broadway musical on his iPhone

possibly because whogivesashit.jpg

Indolence Mission (DJP), Tuesday, 21 December 2010 21:16 (4 years ago) Permalink

one thing that wasn't pointed out is that the only reason we have video of this is because some dickhead was taping a Broadway musical on his iPhone

― mmmm... yung hummus (Whiney G. Weingarten)

but, the point here is: was it really an accident? How do we know that's not Taymor's iphone.

Moka, Tuesday, 21 December 2010 21:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

O_O

mmmm... yung hummus (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 21 December 2010 21:18 (4 years ago) Permalink

i mean, that actor was so happy to be working with U2, but wasn't happy to finally meet... THE EDGE

mmmm... yung hummus (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 21 December 2010 21:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

lol

Moka, Tuesday, 21 December 2010 21:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

If your theatrical production is better known for cast injuries and technical delays than good songs or good performances, expect gawkers

da croupier, Tuesday, 21 December 2010 21:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

Poor spiderman. 30 feet is ow

On a side-note - excellent review by the 6 year old. I loved the part about repetitive song lyrics: "I said it six times so you would be prepared to be annoyed."

Anyways, wow, that kid is tooo smart. I blame the parents

486.52 (CaptainLorax), Tuesday, 21 December 2010 21:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

ummm 26 feet.

486.52 (CaptainLorax), Tuesday, 21 December 2010 21:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

hey, its closer to 30 than "several"

da croupier, Tuesday, 21 December 2010 21:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

Moka, Tuesday, 21 December 2010 21:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

mmmm... yung hummus (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 21 December 2010 21:26 (4 years ago) Permalink

lol

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 21 December 2010 21:28 (4 years ago) Permalink

Can't believe the rep actually said "several" feet

Exactly. Is this an 80-year-old veteran Broadway press guy who doesn't know you can't say these things in 2010?

would like a calmer set (Eazy), Tuesday, 21 December 2010 21:33 (4 years ago) Permalink

ned otm re cirque

forksclovetofu, Tuesday, 21 December 2010 21:37 (4 years ago) Permalink


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