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Opening of Spider-Man musical delayed again

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

The delay-plagued Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark will open in January instead of Dec. 21 because more work is needed on the $60-million musical, The New York Times reports.

The news comes a day after inspectors from the New York State Department of Labor visited the Foxwoods Theatre in Manhattan to examine the flying and safety devices for the production, the most expensive and most technically complex show in Broadway history. According to a department spokesman, the producers were unable to present all of the two dozen aerial maneuvers for the inspectors, requiring them to return before performances an begin. Previews had been set to start on Nov. 14.

Although the inspection had been scheduled for months, it occurred just two weeks after a performer broke two wrists during a failed aerial stunt, bringing to light concerns about the show’s safety. The Times reports that the Department of Labor and Actors’ Equity have opened investigations into the maneuver, which reportedly has injured two actors.

Spider-Man initially was scheduled to begin performances in February, but “cash-flow obstacles” in August 2009 triggered delays that eventually led to the loss of original co-stars Evan Rachel Ward (Mary Jane) and Alan Cumming (Green Goblin). The budget has ballooned from $35 million to $50 million to what’s now reported to be between $60 million and $65 million.

Directed by Julie Taymor and featuring a score by Bono and the Edge, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark stars Reeve Carney, Jennifer Damiano and Patrick Page.

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One Eyed Monster

November 4, 2010 at 8:08 am

I have tickets for the Dec. 4th show, what happens to my tickets?

Due to a deal with Mephisto your tickets no longer exist.

This musical sounds like it’ll be the modern equivalent of Starlight Express, which had many actors racking themselves on the multi-level moving skating platforms. Broken ankles abounded.

You should take them back to where you bought them from for a refund, most will give you a full refund back but I think Ticketmaster is sneaky and tries to hit you with a “refund processing fee”. If they or anyone else does, call your credit card company and dispute the fee, and they will make sure you get that money back as well.

I’m just shocked that someone actually bought tickets to this tripe.

Due to the asking price of $3.99 for the tickets, many thought that nightly performances were a bit too many given the expense of a single show.

this latest set back shows. that trying to do a musical version of spider man is cursed. and DisMarvel should just cut their losses and just pull the plug on this walking disaster from the start thing. before it winds up on broad way and bombs.

Man, the hits just keep on coming…

To One eyed monster :
Those Dec, 4th tickets may still be good. Although the show won’t open until Jan ( instead of late Dec ), the previews are now supposed to start late November ( instead of Nov 14th ). At least that’s what I read on the New York times website this morning. cheers.

I can’t wait till they burn down the theater on opening night.

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