When we go to New York, a Broadway show is a must, and it wasn't going to be any different this time just because we were bringing our kids with us. What would be different however, was how much it was going to cost us. I've sucked it up and paid full price for a Broadway show once (A Steady Rain), but having five of us needing tickets instead of two meant that not only did the material of the play have to be family friendly, but so did the cost. After searching through the discount options, we limited our choices down to Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Spider-man would seem like the obvious choice, but How to Succeed in Business was starring Nick Jonas, which would appeal to my girls. Both shows had $79 orchestra seats available, and both were playing within a block or two of our hotel. So how did we decide?
Captain Jack Sparrow doesn't qualify as a superhero, or I'd be sunk. Faced with that kind of competition, it doesn't really matter what kind of shape I'm in. Walking around the house in my spandex yelling "I am Blogger Man!" just doesn't garner the same kind of respect.
So with the decision made, I informed my kids that their first Broadway experience was going to be Spider-man. Actually, that's what I should have said, but I had to go and tell them that we were going to see "Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark". This led to me spending hours of my free time trying to explain how someone would "turn off the dark". On the other hand, I didn't fare any better trying to explain to my children, who were all born in this century, that the music for the play was written by Bono and Edge from U2. All that got me was a bunch of blank stares and "Who are they?" questions. I've never felt older in my life. What I should have done was told my kids that the music was by LMFAO. Then they would have been paying attention (I'm Spidey and I know it....Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle...).
As for the play itself....well I hear it's better now than when it started out. That's actually kind of a scary concept, as in my mind it's still not very good. The scenes featuring both Spider-man and the Green Goblin are entertaining, and their battles