Tech problems likely to push back tuner until February
Looks like legiters will have to wait a bit longer for that opening night party for “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.”Reps for the big-budget Broadway musical won’t confirm an announcement is on the way, but it appears that opening night for the much-delayed tuner, most recently set for Jan. 11, will be pushed back again. The delay in the opening, likely to be moved into the following month, will provide collaborators the time to continue reworking tech and creative elements of the show. Extra weeks in January also will allow songwriters Bono and the Edge, whose touring demands have kept them away from perfs so far, to return to New York to rejoin a team that includes helmer Julie Taymor and co-book writer Glen Berger. Among the creative aspects expected to evolve prior to opening is the show’s finale, which has been in flux throughout the preview process. Given the production’s scheduling track record and the much-publicized technical and creative work that has been ongoing during the preview period, news of the delay won’t come as much of a surprise to most legiters. New opening date seems poised to sked the production’s actual opening date almost a year after the mega-musical’s original target opening of March 2010. Previews had been set to begin Feb. 25 of this year, but funding roadblocks contributed to a delay that eventually saw the preview start-date moved to Nov. 14. That month, however, preview perfs were delayed again, this time to Nov. 28, due to an unexpectedly slow technical rehearsal process. That most recent shift moved the opening, previously pegged at Dec. 21 to Jan. 11. The multiple delays are said to have been a major factor contributing to the spiraling capitalization costs of “Spider-Man.” The musical’s pricetag, now thought to ring in at $65 million, seems certain to go up again thanks to the latest delay.