Some shows have no luck. After stuntman/actor Christopher Tierney plunged about 20 feet into the theater's orchestra pit (he's getting better, BTW) and former star Natalie Mendoza was struck in the head while she was waiting in the wings — as well as the many, MANY production setbacks — the Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark musical is getting ... delayed again!
The troubled (aka "cursed," if you believe in that sort of thing) musical — the fate of which has seemed as fragile as Peter Parker's dear old Aunt May's health — was supposed to have its official opening night on Feb. 7, but the producers have decided to postpone it until March 15 in order to revise the show and its ending.
On the upside, we have the promise that there won't be any more delays. On the downside, those who had tickets for one of the two upcoming performances scheduled for Jan. 25 will have to get refunds or get their tickets exchanged.
Lead producer Michael Cohl said:
Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark' [is] 10 times more complicated to tech than anything else, and the preview schedule allows for only very limited rehearsal time (twelve hours per week). We simply need more time to fully execute the creative team's vision before freezing the show.
The musical's director, Julie Taymor — who also directed the Lion King musical — is said to be tweaking the show's book, and she's apparently hoping to add a final, concluding scene "that will send the audience out with an emotional, uplifting jolt."
U2's Bono and the Edge — who have written the music for the show — are also said to be touching up the lyrics.
Despite not having officially opened to the public yet, Broadway's most expensive show to date is actually doing really well in ticket sales, even passing Wicked as Broadway's top-grossing show last week, with $1.88 million in ticket sales.
(via LA Times)