"Spider-Man" opening appears delayed, again

Thu Dec 16, 2010 6:17pm EST
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Troubled Broadway musical "Spider-Man," the most expensive show ever created for the Great White Way, appears headed for another delay as producers weigh a decision to push its opening into February, according to media reports on Thursday.

The New York Times, citing two unnamed sources involved with the "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," said moving it from a planned January 11 debut will allow creators to stage a new final number, rewrite some dialogue and add or delete scenes.

A spokesman for the show declined to comment.

Based on the teenage comic book superhero, "Spider-Man" was directed by Julie Taymor with music from U2's Bono and The Edge, and it cost upwards of $65 million to bring from concept to the stage.

But with a lot of high-tech effects and actors and actresses soaring over the audience in wire riggings, the show has been fraught with peril from the beginning.

Already, its opening has been delayed a few times, initially due to financial problems and more recently performers suffering injuries followed by technical difficulties during current previews.

(Editing by Christine Kearney)