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Public Advocate: ‘Spider-Man’ May Violate Consumer Protection Laws

Spiderman on Broadway

The controversial musical is under scrutiny for not clearly distinguishing its preview period from its post-opening performances.

In a letter sent to NYC’s Department of Consumer Affairs, city public advocate, Bill de Blasio says the long-plagued Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark may be violating consumer protection laws, reports The New York Times.

  He says the play - opening Feb 7 - has not clearly distinguished its preview period from its post-opening performances to consumers on the show's Web site “through which many consumers purchase their tickets."   With ticket prices as high as $150, he says purchasers "deserve to know what they are purchasing, and there is a real difference between seeing an unfinished show in previews versus one that has officially opened. That many shows do not advertise that they are in previews, either in promotions or at the point of ticket sales, is unacceptable.”   He wants the show to be fined.   It is the latest drama for the $65 million musical - the most expensive production in Broadway history.   It has made headlines after four cast members suffered serious injuries on the set.   Tony Award-winning actress Alice Ripley called production "embarrassing to working actors everywhere … Does someone have to die?"   But the cast is shooting down safety concerns.   "I wish they could be in the building with us and see the care [director Julie Taymor] takes and the care that our producer Michael Cohl takes," actor Patrick Page said Wednesday on ABC's Good Morning America. "I think they'd feel a lot better."