What emerges for the audience is the enjoyment of watching a young and eager group of well-meaning performers having a darn good time. There’s something quite infectious about that.
Travis Michael Holder – Backstage
In a nutshell, The Spidey Project is an immensely fun, funny, and lean 75 minutes of good time.
Ellen Dostal – Musicals in LA
The laughs are loudest when Hill finally dons the spidey suit and poses or performs mock combat with a series of ridiculous, domino-masked villains. They evaporate, however, when the suit comes off and the show must get by on its less-than-superpowered book and Adam Podd and Doug Katsaros’ uninspired score.
Bill Raden – LA Weekly
It’s a fairly fun, occasionally entertaining, mindless, campy, Fringe Festival-like attempt that qualifies as a clever stunt rather than an innovative musical (the original can be viewed on YouTube). There are enough moments that transcend the inanity of the project, keeping the show from being a waste of time, but it is constantly brought down to earth by bad puns and simplistic song construction.
Tony Frankel – Stage and Cinema
This month, The Spidey Project is making its West Coast premiere via the Theatre Unleashed company, and it certainly lives up to the hype. Proudly wearing its impoverished heart on its sleeve, it nevertheless boasts an appealing, talented ensemble, a solid back-up band and enjoyable musical numbers.
Kurt Gardner – Blog Critics
The West Coast premiere produced by Theatre Unleashed is enjoying sold-out performances for good reason so long as you go in with the same expectations you would flying on Jet Blue. This is ‘economy theater’ at best, something for the rest of us 99-ers, but at worst, the show plays it safe without really taking a superhero stab at its extravagantly trumped up predecessor.
M.R. Hunter – EyeSpyLA
The Spidey Project succeeds where so many bloated-budget productions fail. Through carefully controlled chaos and moments of pure inspired effort, this superhero musical radiates spirit with astoundingly great power.
Tony Bartolone – Huffington Post
The show itself is froth, but it is very entertaining froth. The music was actually wonderful, especially given that it was written in so little time. The script is peppered liberally with kitchy humor and I found myself laughing almost from the first moment right up through the end.
Geoff Hoff – LA Theatre Review
As any web-slinger can tell you, “With great power comes great responsibility.” This was, indeed, the case for Theatre Unleashed, the Los Angeles-based group that recently opened the West Coast premiere of Broadway parody and fan favorite The Spidey Project, but the cast and crew swung into action, providing a high energy and extremely entertaining performance featuring everyone’s favorite neighborhood Spider-Man.
Barbra Dillon – Fanboy Comics
THE SPIDEY PROJECT
Presented by Theatre Unleashed
520 N. Western Ave., L.A.
March 8–April 14, 2012; Thu.–Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7:30 p.m. (No performance Sun., April 8.)
Tickets: (818) 849-4039
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