Q: Since you’ve already seen SM:TOTD, where would you recommend sitting in the huge Foxwoods Theatre?
Q: You really seem very “pro” Spider-Man. Are they paying you to say nice things about the show?
Q: How do you feel about reviews coming out before the show officially opens?
Q: Why are you so against other people’s negative opinions about SM:TOTD?
- Expressing opinions - good or bad - about something you have not seen and are basing opinions only on hearsay.
- Expressing opinions that are wholesale dismissals of a show, and yet continuing to talk about it like you have seen it or are a part of it. (Things like “I refuse to see anything where this much money is wasted!” are ridiculous. “I refuse to see it because I just don’t like superhero stories” then saying no more is perfectly valid.)
- Laying uninformed blame on individuals. Enough said.
- Talking about how much the show costs. I’ll say it again: Unless it is your money or the government steps in and offers a bailout, then you have ZERO to say about how anyone spends their money.
- Singling out Spider-Man for doing things other shows do:
B: Being anti-Spider-Man for using quotes in ads before the show opens. I agree. 100%. It is misleading. Then make The Book of Mormon stop it. It has never even been performed publicly, and yet Vogue has apparently weighed in. If it is a joke, take it down! I feel mislead.
C. Vilifying Spider-Man for charging regular and premium prices for previews. I will expect to read several blogs and chat room posts about this concerning EVERY SINGLE SHOW - play or musical - THAT HAS OR WILL OPEN ON BROADWAY THIS SEASON, except Women on the Verge and War Horse, and High. These shows are the ONLY to offer a preview discount of $10 to $20 a ticket. Further, Spider-Man, despite being the most expensive show ever, is not really passing it on to the consumer more than anyone else. Their top prices are not the highest of all Broadway shows, and their Premium seats are not the most expensive either. The very first performance - I’ll assume it is a preview - of Bengal Tiger has exactly 4 seats per row in the front orchestra section (the two on the farthest side on each end, under, I might add, the boxes) for “regular” priced seats. Every single other orchestra seat before the huge overhang is $313.00! So my question is: why is everyone so harsh on Spider-Man, when every other show does the same thing? And worse.
D. Demanding closure of the show because of injuries. What a stupid thing to say. There isn’t a show on Broadway that doesn’t have cast or crew injuries on a weekly basis. Not one. Had the injuries been caused by overt negligence, that is one thing. But shit happens, folks. You can get hurt anywhere. Career ending injuries happened on A Chorus Line, Cats…someone on the crew of the original La Cage was killed by moving scenery. People fell off the stage regularly at Les Miz. And the BRAND NEW, post -Spider-Man injuries so they should know better, musical Bring It On lost its leading lady to a cheerleading injury. Where are the cries to close that show?
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