'Spider-Man' musical delayed once again, despite mounting profits

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Broadway's "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark" has delayed its official premiere... again. The injury-plagued, malfunction-ridden musical will now open March 15, instead of Feb. 7.

Lead producers Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris broke the news in a joint statement, noting that director Julie Taymor and collaborators Bono and The Edge will use the time to work on some the issues with the production.

Among the changes on tap? A new ending. And Camp "Spider-Man" says this will be the final delay.

"'Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark' is ten-times more complicated to tech than anything else," says Cohl in the statement, "and the preview schedule allows for only very limited rehearsal time (twelve hours per week). We simply need more time to fully execute the creative team's vision before freezing the show. I picked a date in March that allows me to ensure that this will be the final postponement."

No one should be surprised if the increasingly skeptical media and theater community take this assertion with a grain of salt.

Still, despite these delays, "Spider-Man" is becoming a lucrative operation. The New York Times reports that the production's previews receipts during the first week in January totaled $1,588,514, unseating "Wicked" by a mere $58 to become the highest-grossing show on Broadway.

There really is no such thing as bad press.
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