Beleaguered Broadway tuner “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” has planted a flag on its latest opening date and set an exact sked for the widely expected shutdown of perfs that will accomodate further work to the musical.
At just over three weeks, the shutdown, now set for April 19-May 11, is intended to allow the musical’s newly added team of creatives the opportunity for the kind of extensive changes not possible to incorporate into the tech-heavy tuner during performance weeks.
Opening is now set for June 14, two days after the Tony Awards for the 2010-11 season.
There’s been no confirmation of the kind of creative work that will be done to the show, but it’s thought a couple of new songs are being penned by Bono and The Edge, one to replace a to-be-cut number called “Deeply Furious.” There are also storytelling shifts to be made, particularly to the stage time given to Arachne, the mythological villainess who was the creation of just-exited director Julie Taymor.
Philip William McKinley (“The Boy from Oz”), who has helmed a number of similarly tech-heavy circus offerings, is on board to adjust the staging of “Spider-Man,” with playwright and comicbook scribe Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (“Big Love”) rewriting the book.
Latest delayed opening is the sixth for the megamusical.