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Spider-Man Musical is Seemingly Screwed

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When something has such as long string of bad luck, it is not uncommon to believe that it is cursed.

And, the upcoming Spider-Man musical, entitled “Spider-Man: Alone in the Dark,” fits that description to the letter.

The play, directed by Julie Taymor with music written by U2‘s Bono and The Edge, has been delayed yet again. Not only that, last week two stuntmen broke some bones during the practice of a stunt.

According to the New York Times:

It’s supposed to be the biggest, costliest, splashiest show of the Broadway season, but so far it’s just the most troubled. Executives with “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” said Thursday that the opening of the oft-delayed, $60 million musical would be set back once again, this time by three weeks, meaning it will miss lucrative Thanksgiving week, forgo an attention-getting bow over Christmas, and open during the box office doldrums of January.

The first performance was supposed to be in nine days, on Nov. 14, but this is a show that its famous creators — the director Julie Taymor and U2‘s Bono and the Edge — are laboring to finish. The two-dozen flying sequences are being worked out and still require safety approval from the state Department of Labor. The music, marking the Broadway debut of the U2 frontmen, still isn’t synchronized with special effects, plot and dialogue. Scene-to-scene transitions, essential for rhythm and safety, aren’t complete. Two actors have been injured hurtling through acrobatic rehearsal sequences.

No one can even say for sure if the musical will be two and a half hours long, as expected, until run-throughs start.

With all the problems the play is suffering from (the stunts, dialogue, music, scene-to-scene transitions, etc…) really makes you wonder. Will anything go right for this show?

Or more importantly – Will it be as good as Spider-Man 2, or as awful as Spider-Man 3?

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