Troubled show to open Feb. 7
The lead producer of Broadway musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” has confirmed a delay in the tuner’s opening night, pushing it back about a month, from Jan. 11 to Feb. 7.Performances will continues as currently skedded. “The creative team is implementing truly exciting changes throughout the preview process,” Cohl said in a statement. “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. ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark’ is an extremely ambitious undertaking, as everyone knows, and I have no intention of cutting a single corner in getting to the finish line.” Injury to which Cohl referred is the concussion suffered by Natalie Mendoza, who was hurt after being hit on the head by a rope attached to heavy equipment. Mendoza, who plays villainess Arachne, has had to miss several perfs in order to recover. Production’s road to opening has been characterized by financing hiccups and multiple delays, many prompted by the complicated tech demands of the ambitious mega-budget tuner.