Broadway's 'Spider-Man' musical delays opening until Jan. 11, 2011

Tony-winning director Julie Taymor’s Spider-Man Turn off the Dark, a new Broadway musical with songs by U2’s Bono and the Edge, today announced plans to delay its opening by more than two weeks. The reported $60 million production, which was to have begun previews Nov. 14 in advance of a Dec. 21 opening, will now begin preview performances on Nov. 28 and open officially on Jan. 11, 2011. In a statement, lead producer Michael Cohl said, “Shows like ours, that embrace the challenge of opening on Broadway without an out-of-town tryout, often need to adjust their schedules along the way.” It’s the latest postponement for what has become the costliest show ever mounted on Broadway. Earlier this week, safety inspectors for the New York State Department of Labor reportedly had a first inspection of some of the aerial tricks contained in the show; at least one actor with the show broke his wrists last month when a slingshot-like stunt went awry during rehearsals.

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  • Anonymous

    A musical? ick. I don’t think i want to see spider man bursting into song every few minutes.

  • Barry

    This show has bomb written all over it.

  • Terry

    Yep. Most iterations of the iconic character have been successful, but this is going to tank.

  • Kyle

    It’s official. Broadway will turn ANYTHING into a musical. $100 says Batman or The Terminator is next haha.

  • Spandex

    I wonder if New York State Department of Labor inspected the ugly villain outfits for the Green Goblin and Swiss Miss. The wannabe Lady gaga costumes are dangerous to one’s eyes.

    • Terry

      I agree. What the hell was that?? Especially Swiss Miss. They both look like something in a bad Andrew Lloyd Webber musical from the seventies….(Superhero Starlight Express!)

  • Phil

    If I was going to see a Superhero on Broadway it would only be Captain Hammer. Make that two, I think a Slayer counts as Superhero as well.

    • steph

      ooo Captain Hammer!

    • Karl

      LOL Nathan Fillion on stage!

  • Karl

    Oh, dear. I smell flop.

  • Roland

    I think in 2011 “Carrie” will have to give up her “Most Expensive Broadway Flop Ever” crown (or should that be tiara?) to Spidey. Honestly do they not see how bad of an idea this is??

  • stagefiend

    Such a bad idea. But you never know… maybe it will blow our minds in a way we never knew possible. … such a bad idea.

  • heather kearns

    the original reason for coming to New York City was to bring my true super hero loves of Spiderman and see the broadway musical. we have flights and hotels and tickets to the show. Whats the best show to see instead

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