'Spider-Man' on Broadway Producers Hire Musical Consultant

Jacob Cohl

Broadway veteran Paul Bogaev has joined the troubled production, whose cast and crew reportedly expect yet another delay of the official opening.

The producers of the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark have hired a veteran musical supervisor and conductor to help with the production, the New York Times reported.

Paul Bogaev -- whose Broadway credits include Tarzan, Bombay Dreams, Aida, Sunset Boulevard, Aspects of Love, Chess and Starlight Express -- has been tapped as a consultant to work on the vocal and orchestration arrangements and sound quality of the songs, Spider-Man spokesman Rick Miramontez told the Times.

Cast and crew members now expect the official opening of the troubled production to be delayed a sixth time as the $65 million show is revamped, the Times reported, though Miramontez declined to comment on the possibility of another delay.

The news comes just days after producers reportedly asked Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, a playwright who has written Spider-Man stories for Marvel Comics, if he would be willing and available to help with the script revision.

On Sunday, the New York Post reported that producers were looking to hire a co-director to work alongside Julie Taymor, but Miramontez denied the report.

But producers have said that Taymor was working with Glen Berger on changes to their script's story line, while composers Bono and the Edge were writing new music.

Spider-Man, the most expensive production in Broadway history, has been panned by critics from The Hollywood Reporter, The New York Times and The Washington Post, among others.

After the reviews ran online, Spider-Man producers went on the defensive, slamming critics for running reviews ahead of the official March 15 opening.