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U2 Spiderman musical to open in December

By | Published on Wednesday 11 August 2010

The long-awaited Broadway musical ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark’, featuring music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge, will finally open in December, it has been announced. As previously reported, the production ran into financial difficulties last August, forcing it to be halted for a number of months. The team behind it insisted that they were still on track to start running preview shows in February this year, though a source told the Hollywood Reporter in October that it was “a $45 million mess”.

That claim seemingly turned out to be true, as the previews were cancelled and all tickets refunded in January this year. However, producer Michael Cohl has now announced that the first preview performance will take place on 14 Nov, with the opening night proper set to take place on 21 Dec at the Foxwood Theatre in New York.

The delays have meant that the show has now lost its big-name stars. Alan Cumming had been due to play The Green Goblin, but pulled out in April to be replaced by Patrick Page, while Evan Rachel Wood, who had been cast as Mary Jane, has now been replaced by Jennifer Damiano. The part of the lead character will be played by the newcomer Reeve Carney.