Take 2: Retooled, lighter ‘Spider-Man’ unveiled

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“It was a 2 1/2-hour roller coaster ride,” an exuberant Tierney said outside after the show. “I’m stronger coming back than I was before,” he said. “Only a little soreness here and there.” He also spoke of a huge rush of emotion among cast members _ who indeed could be heard chanting with joy after the curtain calls.

Asked if the show was safe now for the actors, he laughed. “We are the safest show on Broadway, I’ll tell you that much,” Tierney said. “I actually think it’s a little too much now.”

The rest of the cast was equally exultant.

“It feels great,” said Reeve Carney, who plays Peter Parker/Spider-Man. “This cast is so amazing and we’re all feeding off of each other. It keeps us going.” Carney said he especially enjoyed getting to tell jokes. And he confessed he didn’t exactly mind when an audience member expressed her admiration. (“He’s not THAT cute,” a character said of Peter Parker. “Yes, he is!” the woman in the audience yelled out.)

Page, a veteran actor, called the performance “one of the greatest nights I’ve ever had in the theater.” In perhaps the only slight mess-up, the actor had to ad-lib a bit when Carney, apparently missing his Spider-Man mask, was delayed in one entrance. “That Spider-Man is always tardy,” Goblin quipped.

Page, who also has a new number by Bono and The Edge, said his favorite change to the show was the new focus on relationships, and “being able to tell the story straight through, without stops. That seems to engage the audience more.”

Many theatergoers seemed happy with the results of the retooling. “I understand there were some continuity problems before,” said Scot Robinson, visiting from Edmonton, Canada, during intermission. “But I really like it. The scale is wildly ambitious.”

“Wow,” said Jennelle Gilreath, 24, visiting New York from Chattanooga, Tenn. “If you want to be entertained for 2 1/2 hours, this is the show to go to!” She said she loved both the aerial choreography and that onstage dancing, but allowed that the dialogue was “kind of cheesy.”

Thursday’s show was crowded but not quite sold out. Rick Miramontez, a show spokesman, said tickets were selling briskly, though the show’s own website indicated dozens of available seats for the next few days. Some ticket brokers were offering up to 40 percent off orchestra and balcony seats.

The new show expects to have about a month of previews before its June 14 opening. Producers are hoping the reaction to the reboot will be as typical as that of a 50-strong group of eighth-graders down from St. Joseph’s school in Haverhill, Mass.

“I am really excited,” said 14-year-old Connor Manning, before entering the theater. “I’m sure they’ve taken all the precautions they need to prevent more accidents. I’m expecting great things!”


AP Drama Writer Mark Kennedy contributed to this report.



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