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Opening of Spider-Man musical delayed again, this time until February

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

Producers of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark have decided to move the opening of the $65-million Broadway musical from Jan. 11 to sometime in February, The New York Times confirms. That’s nearly a year after it was originally set to open.

This latest delay is intended to provide more time for creators to stage a new closing number, further rewrite dialogue, consider adding and removing scenes, and possibly insert new music from Bono and the Edge.

The musical, which is the most expensive and technically complex in Broadway history, has been plagued by problems, dating back to at least August 2009, when cash-flow obstacles forced production to shut down. Amid delays that led to the loss of stars Evan Rachel Wood and Alan Cumming, the show’s budget ballooned from $35 million to $50 million to $65 million. Just as director Julie Taymor’s ambitious show appeared back on track, reports emerged of safety concerns triggered by two injuries — one was serious — during rehearsals. Then came last month’s glitch-filled first preview, during which actress Natalie Mendoza received a concussion (she returned to the production on Wednesday night after a nearly two-week absence).

However, despite those problems — heck, maybe it’s because ofticket sales for Spider-Man‘s previews have been impressive, with the 1,932-seat Foxwoods Theatre at 98.2 percent capacity. Unfortunately, producers will have to maintain those numbers if they hope to recoup their initial investment in less than four years.

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4 Comments

another sign marvel would be better off accepting the thing is cursed and just pull the plug and put it out of its misery

The design of the thing looks amazing to me. I’ll never go to Broadway and see it but I imagine that if they ever the the thing up and running for real that they will make a DVD and it will sell plenty. I’ll want it.

Sir Manley Johnson

December 17, 2010 at 3:07 pm

This is morbid, but the entertainment value of watching this train rattle off the tracks and down the hill may overshadow the actual play itself, if it ever comes out.

Said one of the stunt engineers, “Our goal to actually have a performer die during a live show is still a ways off, but broken limbs always tell us we are on the right track. But mark my words, we can make it happen! Hopefully this delay will give us the additional time we need to finally kill another human being in the name of Bono’s ego.”

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