Even for a preview performance it sounds like a disaster:
The show stopped five times, mostly to fix technical problems, and Act I ended prematurely, with Spider-Man stuck dangling 10 feet above audience members, while Act II was marred by a nasty catcall during one of the midperformance pauses.
The good news — there’s good news? — is when the show went right, it was quite thrilling:
Most of the night’s major flying sequences — which make up a relative fraction of the show — went off without a hitch, with children and some adults squealing in delight. And there were no signs of injuries, which had been a point of concern after two performers were hurt during an aerial sequence this fall.
All in all though, it sounds like there’s a lot of work to do before it opens Jan. 11, 2011.