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Has the Spider-Man musical hit a wall?

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

Rumors are circulating that Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has run into a financial snag that could threaten the production schedule of the big-budget Broadway musical.

Variety reports that preparation work for the show stopped this week, apparently due to “cash-flow obstacles” that producers — Marvel Entertainment and Sony Pictures, among them — are moving to resolve.

A spokesperson told the trade paper that production remains on track for the show to begin previews on Feb. 25 and open sometime in March.

The musical, directed by Julie Taymor (The Lion King) and featuring music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge, so far stars Evan Rachel Wood as Mary Jane Watson and Alan Cumming as Green Goblin.

Although the role of Peter Parker has yet to be cast, we already know that once he dons the Spider-Man costume, he won’t sing.

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I’m sure this will all even out and this could be an “amazing” musical, part of me thinks that this is a Mad magazine musical parody. Maybe that’s what the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode is hoping to acheive, lampooning this. Don’t get me wrong, I’d still like to see a Spider-Man musical. It is hard to imagine Spider-Man on the same level as say Man of LaMancha or Les Miserable. I really liked Across the Universe and Moulin Rouge – the duet montage at the beginning between Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor was pretty cool. The movie was a bit cliched, but the music was pretty cool…Just the image of Norman Osborne and Green Goblin stomping around to song…

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