Time to Shut Down Spider-Man on Broadway?
Being the most expensive Broadway show in history (with production cost of over 65 million dollars), with its high-flying stunts, musical scores composted by U2’s Bono, the live, stage version of Spider-Man has also had its run of bad luck in recent months, and is no stranger to controversy.
Four cast members were injured, numerous workplace violations resulting in fines, brutal critic reviews, teetering bankruptcy, and the latest of several opening delays—by three months, in order for the show to give its cast and crew much needed time off from the show.
Director Julie Taymor and U2’s Bono may be taking a leave of the show as well. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the producers are in talks with Taymor and Bono, regarding making significant changes to the show’s script and music—or “face a different outcome,” with Taymor possibly leaving the show.
From injuries, brutal criticisms, to delays amount to a less than amazing Spider-Man. With its 99th preview performance as of Tuesday, it may be time for the producers to take a step back, and look into more specifically the cause of the many delays. Show spokes-man Rick Miramontez states that “opening night” is still scheduled for March 15th, 2011. Let’s just hope things work out for the troubled production.
We all know to beware of the Ides of March.