I'd never been to Broadway before last week. I'd never been to New York before last week. Two years ago, October 2009, U2 played a concert in my hometown of Charlottesville. I wanted to take my son to a concert, so I bought tickets for the Philadelphia concert the next summer. Little did I know that Bono would injure himself and the show would be postponed for another year. I held on to the tickets and we made plans to go last week. My wife wanted to make it a family trip, so we decided to spend a day in New York before heading to Philadelphia.
Ever since she travelled to New York a few years ago to see the Lion King on Broadway, she's been wanting to see another show. Our youngest son is so into Spider Man we figured that would be about the only option that he would manage to sit through. Considering that Bono and the Edge composed the music I figured that it would be only fitting to see the show the day before the U2 concert. I found discounted tickets on-line two days before the show about 3/4 of the way back in the Orchestra section (right side, row U).
The story was not the strongest. The music added emotion and weight The deeper Spiderman themes of Choice and Responsibility were present, but certainly not developed. However, it was a cohesive story, coming to a satisfying ending.
The soundtrack, like the show, finds a great balance of strong emotional pieces balanced with several more light-hearted songs.
That was the highlight of my first visit to New York. Until I can convince my four-year old son that he can't cling to a wall, the memory of Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark will remain. As far as memories go, this is one that I'm not in a hurry to lose. The concert on Thursday was pretty good too. More on that one later.