By Ellen Gamerman
(Wall Street Journal) – The problem-plagued Broadway musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” is delaying its opening night for a fourth time, putting off the first official performance until March 15, the show said in a statement Thursday night.
The team behind the show said they need time to work on a new ending. The creative team, led by director Julie Taymor with music by U2’s Bono and the Edge, is also working on the second act, which some theatergoers have found confusing.
Lead producer Michael Cohl blamed the delay on the technical demands of the musical and limited rehearsal time for the cast during previews.
“We simply need more time to fully execute the creative team’s vision before freezing the show,” Cohl said in the statement. “I picked a date in March that allows me to ensure that this will be the final postponement.”
To allow the cast additional time to rehearse, the production also said Thursday that performances on Jan. 18 and Jan. 25 were canceled.
Last month, the $65 million production pushed its opening to Feb. 7 from Jan. 11.
The move extends the already unusually long preview period to more than 15 weeks.
A production source said changes to the show were significant enough to warrant an additional delay of more than a month.