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'Spider-Man' Musical Delayed Again; U2 Producer to Fine-Tune Songs

Longtime U2 collaborator Steve Lillywhite will also produce the original cast recording

January 14, 2011 9:50 AM ET
'Spider-Man' Musical Delayed Again; U2 Producer to Fine-Tune Songs
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The opening day for Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has been delayed yet again. The show, which is currently in previews and had been scheduled to open on February 7th, will now officially debut on March 15th at the Foxwoods Theater on Broadway.

According to director Julie Taymor, the production is being delayed because she is still fine-tuning the story, music and technical execution. Most significantly, Taymor is in the process of reworking the show's final act.

Photos: U2: Three Decades of the World's Biggest Band, Onstage and Backstage

U2's Bono and the Edge, who wrote the music for the show, have been refining their songs and working on the audio mix in the venue. As of this week, the two have brought in their old collaborator Steve Lillywhite to help them out in working with the actors on the show's music. Lillywhite, who is responsible for producing songs on a majority of U2's albums including War and Achtung Baby, is now set to produce the original cast recording.

Photos: U2 in Italy

This delay probably won't have much impact on audience turnout. The musical, which is the most expensive production in the history of Broadway, is performing very well at the box office in its unusually long preview run. Despite some bad buzz and negative publicity regarding its multiple cast injuries, Spider-Man was the highest-grossing show on Broadway last week.

"Spider-Man" musical delayed again [Reuters]
U2 Album Producer To Work On ‘Spider-Man’ Music
[NY Times]

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