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'Spider Man' Musical Opens Today on Broadway

June 14, 2011


Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark

The long-anticipated "Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark" musical will open today on Broadway at the Foxwoods Theatre.

Popular before it even opened, the musical has made the news because of injured actors, a fired director and because Bono and The Edge wrote the music and lyrics.

"It's weird to be a $70 million underdog," U2 frontman Bono joked last week.

Click here to listen to some of the original music.

NPR's Jeff Lunden, who has been following the musical's specticals, reports that "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" is the most expensive musical in Broadway history and it has been almost completely revamped.

"Spider-Man's lead producers, Jeremiah Harris and Michael Cohl, knew when previews began last November that their show was in deep trouble. Audiences were flocking to the theater despite all the negative publicity, but the story just wasn't working," Lunden wrote. "The production suffered through delay after delay to deal with budget and rehearsal issues, until, in February critics reviewed the show while it was still in previews — and trashed it."

Producers also trashed the director and creator, Julie Taymor. The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society is filing a claim for arbitration on Taymor's behalf for an estimated $300,000 in unpaid royalties, according to NPR.

The stars of the "Spider-Man" are Reeve Carney, who plays Peter Parker and Jennifer Damiano plays Mary Jane Watson.

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