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DEC
16
3 YEARS

Spider-Man on Broadway Delayed Until February

Producers will use the extra time to re-write scenes and consider adding more songs from U2’s The Edge and Bono.

"Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark"
Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

Hot on the heels of THR's own report on the problems plaguing Spider-Man: Turn Off the Lights, which said the production’s opening would likely be delayed again, the New York Times is reporting the musical will now be pushed from Jan.11 until sometime in February.

Producers will use the extra time to iron out the issues and revamp the ending of with the problem-plagued show, which is currently in previews, as THR first reported. (One actor broke both his wrists in rehearsal, and another, Natalie Mendoza, is still out of the production after getting a concussion in a backstage accident.)

The creators are considering staging a new final number, making further rewrites to the dialogue, trimming the show and possibly adding more music from U2's Bono and The Edge, who will resume working full-time on the production in late December once their tour finishes, the New York Times reports, citing two insiders.

Producers and the show creators are still deciding the extent of the changes before letting theater critics see the show the week before it is to open. Spokesman Rick Miramontez declined to comment to the Times.

Producer Michael Cohl is expected to announce the new opening date on Thursday or Friday.

It will be the fourth major delay in performances since January 2010.

At $65 million, Spider-Man is the most expensive production in Broadway history, coming in at more than twice Shrek the Musical's $30 million.

Despite the actor injuries and technical issues, show preview tickets are still selling at 98.2% capacity, THR reported Wednesday.