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'Spider-Man' Delayed Again Due to Injuries and Creative Changes

Friday, December 17, 2010

Reeve Carney as Peter Parker and ensemble rehearsing “Bullying By Numbers”, from 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Reeve Carney as Peter Parker and ensemble rehearsing “Bullying By Numbers”, from 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark." (Photo by Jacob Cohl)

At $65 million, it's the most expensive production in the history of Broadway. It might also be the most delayed. The opening night for "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" has been pushed back again, this time from January 11th to February 7th.

“The creative team is implementing truly exciting changes throughout the preview process," said the show's lead producer, Michael Cohl, in a statement released on Friday morning. "Due to some unforeseeable setbacks, most notably the injury of a principal cast member, it has become clear that we need to give the team more time to fully execute their vision."

Sources say the injury Cohl is referring to is the concussion that lead actress Natalie Mendoza, who plays Arachne, suffered when she was hit by a rope during the first preview performance on November 28th. Mendoza was out for a over a week due to the injury.

Initially, "Spider-Man" was scheduled to open previews this past February. Then opening night was delayed to December 21st and again to January 11th. All preview performances will go on as planned. The show is directed by Julie Taymor, with music by U2's Bono and The Edge.

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