The much anticipated, and much criticized Broadway production of Spider-Man premiered on Tuesday.
The music for the show was written by U2's Bono and the Edge. The production underwent a complete make over after it was heavily criticized when it was in previews.
It is reported that the entire production cost $75 million, which is a record for Broadway.
The new production was still received with harsh criticism.
The New York Times critic, Ben Brantly wrote, First seen and deplored by critics several months ago - when impatient journalists (including me) broke the media embargo for reviews as the show's opening date kept sliding into a misty future - this singing comic book is no longer the ungodly, indecipherable mess it was in February. It's just a bore.
He continued The first time I saw the show, it was like watching the Hindenburg burn and crash. This time, Spider-Man - which was originally conceived by the (since departed) visionary director July Taymor with the rock musicians Bono and the Edge (of U2) - stirred foggy, not unpleasant childhood memories of second-tier sci-fi TV in the 1960s, with blatantly artificial sets and actors in unconvincing alien masks.
The future of the production is unclear. Bono and the Edge both said they would have never gotten involved if they knew how long it would take to bring the production to its opening night.
Below are photos from the premiere.