Spider-Man musical in suspended animation

Producer says work stopped because of 'cash flow problems'

"Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," the Broadway musical based on the Marvel comic book superhero, has hit a financial speed bump.

Preperformance production at the Hilton Theatre on W. 43rd Street was has been halted until further notice because of "unexpected cash flow problems."

The musical is still slated to begin previews on Feb. 25. A statement released Monday by Hello Entertainment, one of the producers of "Spider-Man," maintains that the "cash flow" will have "no material effect on upon the planned production schedule" and that production "will resume within the immediate future."

According to the New York Post, most of the blame for the unexpected halt is due to a power struggle between lead producer David Garfinkle and Julie Taymor, the Tony Award-winning director of "The Lion King" who is at the Broadway helm for "Spider-Man"

"Spider-Man," estimated to cost $35 million, will star Evan Rachel Wood as Mary Jane and Alan Cumming as the Green Goblin. Spider-Man has not yet been cast. The Spidey extravaganza also has songs written by U2's Bono and the Edge.