Once again “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark” has delayed its Broadway opening night. The show will now open on March 15, the show’s producer’s announced Thursday.
The troubled multi-million dollar musical, which has seen actors leave and injured, was scheduled to see its curtain formally rise on Feb. 7. However, because of technical demands that just ain’t the way the web is slinging, according to producer Michael Cohl.
"We simply need more time to fully execute the creative team’s vision before freezing the show,” said Cohl Thursday about the show’s fifth opening night delay . “I picked a date in March that allows me to ensure that this will be the final postponement.”
Additionally the Jan. 18 and Jan. 25 preview performances have been canceled.
While Fox News’ Glenn Beck loved the show based on the Marvel superhero, critics have not been altogether kind in preview reviews to the Julie Taymor directed $65 million extravaganza.
Neither have events.
In mid December, actor Christopher Tierney suffered a fractured skull, a broken scapula, a broken bone close to his elbow, four broken ribs, a bruised lung and three fractured vertebrae after an onstage fall that resulted in the show going dark for several days and New York State officials investigating safety practices.
That accident and, pardon the pun, the fallout, added to the departure of one of the show's lead actress' Natalie Mendoza, rewrites, additional dark nights and other missteps. Under such a shadow, reports swirled that investors in “Spider-Man,” whose music is written by U2’s Bono and the Edge, were getting worried they had a financial fiasco on their hands.
Despite great pre-sales, only time will tell with this staged webslinger.