The New York Times reports that Tony Award-winning director Julie Taymor and members of the creative team may need more time to allow all the facets of the production to gel, which could mean postponing the start of previews to late November and delaying the opening until January 2011. The Times cited two unnamed theatre executives with knowledge of the plan.
Spider-Man is currently scheduled to open Dec. 21. Representatives for the musical had no comment as of Nov. 4, but said that an announcement on the progress of the production was expected in the next 24 hours.
Spider-Man faced other challenges last week when cast member Kevin Aubin broke both his wrists during a flying sequence presented for ticket brokers and group sales agents. As a result, the New York State Department of Labor visited the Foxwoods Theatre the week of Nov. 1 to address safety issues. The results of that inquiry are not yet public. Actors' Equity has launched its own investigation.
Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark features a book by Julie Taymor and Glen Berger, and new music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge. The musical had originally been announced to arrive during the 2009 season, but was postponed due to financing.
Producers are Michael Cohl, Jeremiah J. Harris, Hello Entertainment/David Garfinkle, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Land Line Productions, by association with Marvel Entertainment.