'Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark' producer hits back at review writers

U2-scored musical has been getting a critical mauling

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The producer of the U2-scored Spider-Man musical has hit out at critics of the show.

Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark has been plagued by delays caused by technical hiccups and numerous cast injuries.

It is not due to launch to the public until mid-March, but exasperated critics have broken the tacit agreement not to review shows until opening night, and poured scorn on it.

Titles such as The Washington Post, The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times have all laid into the show, calling it one of the worst Broadway productions of all time.

Now producer Michael Cohl has hit back. He sounded off to Entertainment Weekly, saying: "Any of the people who review the show and say it has no redeeming value are just not legitimate reviewers, period. It's hard to have people that don't get popular culture reviewing a popular culture event, isn't it."

He added that media reaction to the show, for which Bono and The Edge contributed music, had not affected morale. "I woke up this morning more determined and more positive than ever," he said. "I said, 'Here we go.'"

Show spokesman Rick Miramontez added: "The pile-on by critics was ridiculous and uncalled for. Their actions are unprecedented and uncool… changes are still being made and any review that runs before the show is frozen are totally invalid."

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