‘Spider-Man’ Tangled Up
The long-awaited “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark” production has hit another snag in its journey to Broadway.
The $60 million musical, penned by U2’s Bono and The Edge and produced by Michael Cohl, was scheduled to begin previews Nov. 14 and open just before Christmas.
But during a recent visit to the set by the New York Department of Labor, inspectors weren’t able to review all the show’s complicated aerial stunts, leading to delays that will see “Spider-Man” beginning previews Nov. 28 and opening Jan. 11.
Cohl chalked up the delays to the show’s “unprecedented level of technical artistry.”
“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,” Cohl said in a statement.
But executives and sources reportedly close to the show told the New York Times “Spider-Man” is enduring a large amount of “creative commotion” behind the scenes, with music, special effects, plot and dialogue still being ironed out.
The show also hit a hurdle with two recent on-set injuries during rehearsals. The labor department and Actor’s Equity have reportedly launched separate investigations into the incidents.
Opening after Thanksgiving is a less-than-ideal timetable for crowds who descend on Broadway over the holidays.
“That’s usually a sign that there’s trouble in River City,” said Robert Westenberg, a Tony Award-nominated actor whose Broadway credits include “Les Miserables,” “Zorba” and the 1987 run of “Into The Woods” that was delayed for several weeks while Stephen Sondhiem tinkered with the musical.