'Spider-Man' Delays Opening to 2011 in Light of Safety Concerns

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The $60-million Broadway production has been under investigation by New York State officials for its daredevil flying stunts.


Broadways Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark will delay its opening by two weeks in light of a continuing investigation by the New York State Department of Labor into its flying safety, a producer announced Thursday.

The costly $60 million production was originally slated to begin previews on Nov. 14 and open on Dec. 21, but will now begin previews on Nov. 28 and officially premiere on Jan. 11, 2011, producer Michael Cohl told Entertainment Weekly.

"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 explained.

Safety officials were unable to complete their first inspection earlier this week because the production wasn't prepared to shows off every single one of its complicated stunts. The Department of Labor won't sign off on the show without testing the safety of the special effects, so it set up a second visit.

One of the actors broke both his wrists two weeks ago when he was catapulted across the stage like a slingshot during rehearsals.

The show is directed by Tony winner Julie Taymor, and will feature songs by U2's Bono and The Edge.