Spider-Man Musical Premiere Postponed, Now Opening in March
It’s almost solely for completion’s sake that we bring you the sad/hilarious news that Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, the decadently expensive and actor-maiming musical based on the Marvel Comics superhero, has had its official premiere date pushed back once again. Now set to open March 15 rather than February 7, this latest delay is just the latest in a series that have plagued the Julie Taymor-directed production, which features original music by Bono and The Edge of U2 and is the most costly Broadway production in theatre history. Additionally, two preview performances scheduled for this month have been cancelled.
As reported by The New York Times, the producers’ latest statement on the matter indicates that Turn Off the Dark needs more time to sort out remaining technical kinks and develop a new ending.
“Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is ten times more complicated to tech than anything else,” Cohl said in a statement, “and the preview schedule allows for only very limited rehearsal time (twelve hours per week). We simply need more time to fully execute the creative team’s vision before freezing the show. I picked a date in March that allows me to ensure that this will be the final postponement.”
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark was featured on the cover of this week’s The New Yorker, which quite naturally had some fun with the series of injuries suffered by the cast.
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