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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Panned Before Opened

Spider-Man, the 65 million dollar Broadway musical doesn’t officially open until March 15. That date was postponed several times. Last Staturday, for the first time ever, the New York Times decided to send its critic, Ben Brantley, to a preview. His review was published in yesterday's paper; it is devastating. Brantley finds Spider-Man so grievously broken in every respect that he thinks it is beyond repair. Brantley is often unfair, so his judgement has to be taken with a grain of sugar. Nevertheless it is surprising that the show's director, the revered Julie Taymor who also wrote the book, is panned by one of her former admirers. Brantley writes: Spider-Man is not only the most expensive musical ever to hit Broadway; it may also rank among the worst." 


  1. Ave Julia, morituri te salutant!

  2. Most critics have become deathsmen because they could not become kings. (Friedrich Hebbel)

  3. @ epitimaios
    My quotation is the daily artist´s morning address of welcome to Julie Taymor.

  4. Vita brevis, ars brevioris, am Arsch sammer olli wanns gor is.