Trivia / Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

  • Colbert Bump: Glenn Beck promoted the musical on his radio show, giving it some extra attention. Subverted with the "Spider-Monster" skit on Sesame Street, which mocked its Troubled Production.
  • Cut Song: Many songs from 1.0 were altered or cut, such as the opening "Splash Page" number. Arachne's songs got hit hardest; she lost "Deeply Furious," "Think Again," "Love Me or Kill Me." Some lyrics from "Deeply Furious" were reused in "A Freak Like Me Needs Company."
  • Drawing Board Hiatus: Came with the Troubled Production. The script underwent several reworks, Bono and The Edge from U2 were brought in to write new music, original director Julie Taymor either quit or was fired after rejecting the changes from said reworks and the musical had the longest preview period in Broadway history with an astonishing 182 performances before the official premiere.
  • Lying Creator: Videos and statements before previews began claimed that the musical was "based on the comics, not the movies." It's actually a composite adaptation of Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2.
  • Recycled Script: The first version had quite a bit of dialogue from the first movie in it. The second got rid of most of it, but scenes like Spider-Man saving a baby from a fire still seem directly lifted.
    • Oddly enough, the Green Goblin is given the backstory of Dr. Octopus from the second film, with Harry Osborn not existing at all.
  • Troubled Production: Quite possibly the most infamous, noteworthy and widely mocked example of one in Broadway history. Find out more here.
  • What Could Have Been: Originally, Evan Rachel Wood and Alan Cumming (both of whom have worked with Taymor before) were cast as Mary Jane and The Green Goblin, but the endless delays the show faced getting to the preview period led to both dropping out.

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