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Against All Odds: Two Spiderman Musicals, One Premiere

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It seems that Spidey is cursed. "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark", the big budget Broadway musical, has been delayed numerous times due to several injuries to stunt doubles and lead actors, Julie Taymor quit as director and shortly thereafter choreographer Daniel Ezralow was ousted. With so many problems, such a large budget and a fair amount of talent, it makes it even more surprising a zero-budget production about the wall-crawling superhero was able to premiere first.

While the producers of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" tackle their ongoing rolodex of issues, some other producers out there are dealing with real obstacles such as no budget and time defying deadlines. The unprecedented level of creativity, ambition and talent has been seen time and time again in non-existent budget productions. 'The Spidey Project' is by far one of the best examples there is. Its smart, funny and the set design is well, minimalist. Their website reads:

Zero Dollars - 30 Days - The First Spiderman Musical to Officially Open in NYC

Their sold-out (price of a ticket? $0) opening/closing night on March 14th was extremely well received and is now available for your home viewing pleasure on their website. Watching 'The Spidey Project' gives me hope that there are still creative minds with little money, too much passion and unlimited supplies of coffee that will keep producing shows worth watching for many years to come.

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