Well, it happened.
After years of speculation and millions and millions of dollars, it finally happened.
Spider-Man opened last night on Broadway.
You’re probably thinking I got that last sentence wrong. That I should have said Spider-Man started previews last night.
But with the amount of ink from new and old media the show got last night and this morning, you might as well call it opened.
The chat boards lit up during the show last night (I bet all of the sites saw a surge in traffic), as did Twitter and the blogosphere. The traditional media caught up this morning, with Spidey snagging the front page of the NY Post (right out of one of those scenes from a super hero movie where the papers hit the streets with a headline that screams, “Spider-Man saves the day!”) as well articles in the NY Times, The Journal, and many, many others.
And while the big publications aren’t reviewing the show, because they “can’t”, they are letting audience members do it for them, with quotes like “parts of it were really exciting” and “the story-telling is really unclear.”
As a Producer, I might be frustrated with any negative coverage judging a first preview before my cake was fully cooked. But when you build the biggest baked good in the world, you gotta expect it.
And hey – you can always take solace in the fact that what these publications are doing, without knowing it, is putting another nail in their own reviewers’ coffins. By putting so much attention on the show up front, many audience members will have made up their minds by the time the reviews come out. (When My First Time had a feature article in the NY Times, I sold soooo many more tickets than I sold when the review came out – and a bunch of people called me and congratulated me on the “review”.)
But I will say this to the press, and to all the chatters out there that have been sharpening their claws for the past several weeks . . . write what you will. But remember, what they are doing down there is unprecedented. They are building the musical version of the Great Wall of China. (Which, by the way, I’m sure had a bunch of cost overruns and was also way behind schedule).
More important that precedent, is that they are employing an awful lot of people.
We should all be pulling for their success. Explorers of uncharted territory may not always find what they are looking for (remember what Columbus was looking for), and many die in the process, but they always stumble upon something which provides new opportunities for all the rest of us.
Stay the course, Spidey. Some of us are rooting for ya.
Now the big question is . . . will they be publishing their grosses???