Surprise, surprise. Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark has been delayed yet again, this time for a massive overhaul which would include time off for the cast, more rehearsals, and possibly a new director, according to sources close to the production.
This will be the sixth delay for the musical, which features music from U2’s Bono and The Edge. A record number of 99 preview shows have taken place for the $65 million budget production as of this past Tuesday night, a number that will grow even larger as the official opening night could be pushed back as far as June. The reasoning for the delay is most likely to deal with the scathing reviews coming from early showings.
However, despite several inside sources, no official statement of the delay has been made. “The production is not confirming any reports of a shutdown,” said Rick Miramontez, a spokesman for the show. “Opening night remains scheduled for March 15.”
Well, March 15 isn’t too far away. This production needs to make its mind up quick so it can continue its life as one of the highest grossing Broadway productions ever.
Update: An official statement has been made. Julie Taymor is out as director, but will remain a part of the creative team. Start date has been pushed back to summer, placing the production out of consideration for this year’s Tony awards.