This story has been updated.
Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark — the ambitious musical about the web-slinging superhero with direction by The Lion King director and music by Bono and the Edge — has had its official opening delayed once again. According to a press release, the show, which is currently in previews, will now open February 7, and not on January 11 as most recently announced.
The show, which is the most expensive Broadway musical in history, will reportedly have its final number completely made over before it officially opens. Dialogue will also be rewritten, and Bono and the Edge will resume full-time work on the show and possibly write new songs.
Neither U2 member has seen the show since it opened in previews on November 28. U2 has been traveling through Australia and New Zealand on a 10-date tour during which it performed with opening act Jay-Z; the band’s schedule is free until January, when it begins preparation for mid-February shows in South Africa.
“Dreaming up the show, the scale of it, the flying sequence, the pop-art opera that it is — that was all pure joy,” Bono told Billboard in November. “What we didn’t realize was how difficult it is to stage this stuff, both technically and financially.”
Delays have plagued the show since it was first announced; last year, cashflow issues suspended production. This year, the show has been pushed back four times.
Producers postponed the show’s official opening last month, moving it from December 21 to January. Then the New York State Department of Labor caused the postponement; it decided to investigate the safety of the play’s working conditions after two actors were injured while practicing aerial tricks.
And the show’s preview opening was rife with delays and awkwardness: It began 24 minutes late; the end of the first act came early thanks to a mishap involving one of the many aerial stunts; and an audience member called out “I feel like a guinea pig today — I feel like it’s a dress rehearsal,” during a second-act delay.
‘Spider-Man’ Opening Delayed Again [ArtsBeat]