May 11th, 2011
05:30 PM ET
The oft-troubled Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark" will resume preview performances Thursday after a three-week hiatus in which the show went through a $5 million “creative overhaul,” according to the New York Times.
“Spider-Man 2.0," the nickname for the retooled version, is officially set to open on June 14th. At that point, the show will have gone through a reported budget of $70 million, six delayed openings and a record-setting 180 preview performances.
The original concept for “Spider-Man” was the vision of Julie Taymor, the Tony Award-winning director of the stage version of The Lion King.
She was pushed aside by producers in March, although she reportedly retains some involvement in the show. Musical collaborators and U2 bandmates Bono and the Edge, who wrote the show's music and lyrics, stayed on and added several new songs while rewriting a few others. Also added to the revamped show are an additional five flying sequences and expanded roles for Aunt May, Uncle Ben and love-interest Mary Jane Watson.
Bono told the New York Times he hoped people would come see the show “to discover what makes Peter Parker a superhero, which in the end turns out not to be his spider senses, but his personal integrity and especially his humility – something I hope all of us in the process have learned from.”
The show has been plagued by a ballooning budget, technical malfunctions, almost half a dozen injuries to cast members and scathing reviews from critics. Yet despite all of this negative press, "Spider-Man" continued to do robust business at the box-office, continually bringing in more than $1 million a week, even once beating perennial top-earner "Wicked."
Will the show be able to recover from its troubled past and make a strong run on Broadway? We'll know soon enough.
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