'Spider-Man' to re-open on Broadway Thursday
May 11th, 2011
05:30 PM ET

'Spider-Man' to re-open on Broadway Thursday

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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  1. BB

    Why didn't they spend a fraction of the time and effort and put out a decent album? It's been going on 15-20 years or more since they released something that can stand the test of time. Their live set is stale to the point of drawing tears from their audiences. Nobody cares about this musical. We want rock & roll!

    May 12, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. nina786

    seems so weird Spiderman on broadway........:)


    May 12, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  3. Wellington

    I saw the show and it was horrible, but it won't take much to make it amazing. I look forward to seeing it again. If they've iron out the kinks in the flying sequences and fixed the story, I bet it will dazzle.

    May 12, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  4. Doc Octopus

    No way to save this disaster. The best the investors will get any thing out of it is to bail. now!

    May 11, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. @N

    its a stoopid idea!!!dey need to stop wastin ther $$ on sh!tful ideas!!!dey wasted so much!!!!wat a waste of everytihng!!!

    May 11, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Superhiro

    Can't they just admit that this was a dumb idea and a waste of money?

    May 11, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. cheefsfury


    May 11, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |

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