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Could Spider-Man musical opening be delayed yet again?

By | Published on Thursday 10 March 2011

Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark

Yeah, I don’t know if this ‘Spider-Man’ musical is any good, but I do hope someone’s been filming a ‘making of’ documentary. That I would like to see.

The long long delayed official opening of the stunt-filled Broadway musical ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark’, scored by Bono and The Edge and produced by legendary tour promoter Michael Cohl, is due to finally have its press night next week. But the New York press are speculating that not only will that not happen, the show, which has been in preview since late November, will actually be shut for several weeks for a radical revamp.

Gossipers say that while it has been problems with the ambitious stunts and high-wire routines that have caused most previous delays, there are now concerns about other elements of the show after some critics, bored of waiting for press night, bought tickets to a preview performance and panned the show’s script and music. Some are even suggesting director and co-writer Julie Taymor might be pushed out and a new director brought in to give the whole thing a revamp.

That said, a spokesman for the production refused to comment on these reports, and officially the show is still due to properly launch on 15 Mar. Even though it is still in its extended preview period, where tickets are presumably quite a bit cheaper than originally intended, ‘Spider-Man’ is still one of Broadway’s most popular and highest earning shows.