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Spider-Man musical once again delayed, now opening in 2011

11.05.2010

After months of setbacks and delays, "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" was finally set to hit Broadway stages on November 14th. Not so fast, tiger. The $60 million production has now been pushed back to 2011. As the New York Times reports, "flying sequences were still being developed and the music, special effects and scenes of plot and dialogue were still largely in separate pieces" despite previews starting in less than 10 days.

The sources went on to indicate that director Julie Taymor was spending too much time "experimenting over and over" instead of paying closer attention to the rapidly approaching deadlines.

While the new dates have yet to be announced (expect official word next week), the current plan seems to be to begin previews after Thanksgiving with and official run starting some time in mid-January.

The NYT reports that while presales have racked up about $10 million, a decent score for the average musical, it's not nearly enough for the expensive costs of "Spider-Man." (The "Shrek" musical, by contrast, cost $25 million and lasted only about 12 months.)

Assuming it opens on time in January, the "Spider-Man" musical will be a good year off its original release date. In that extra time, I still have not figured out why anyone would want to go see a "Spider-Man" rock opera scored by U2...

Extra Tidbit: To answer that last question: morbid curiosity?
Source: NY Times

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3:03PM on 11/08/2010

I'm still in

I'm about to get a shit storm unleashed upon me for saying it, but I really wanna see this. Julie Taymor is an incredible director and she did what no one thought could be done with The Lion King. Of course, according to studboi69, musicals are only for "gay-asses" like me. If it sucks ass, I'll eat crow. But until then, I'm in.
I'm about to get a shit storm unleashed upon me for saying it, but I really wanna see this. Julie Taymor is an incredible director and she did what no one thought could be done with The Lion King. Of course, according to studboi69, musicals are only for "gay-asses" like me. If it sucks ass, I'll eat crow. But until then, I'm in.
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4:56PM on 11/05/2010

Lol

God, what is that picture above of fat Spider-man from?
God, what is that picture above of fat Spider-man from?
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4:32PM on 11/05/2010
Anything for stopping Bono. He should be the villian.
Anything for stopping Bono. He should be the villian.
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1:58PM on 11/05/2010

Julie Taymor has a good track record

thats the only thing that makes this show interesting to me. she did Lion King and a few other shows as well as Across the Universe. she's great at what she does which leads me to believe she may have something about this show that most people arnt seeing and wont see until if opens. i do hope its not a complete flop for the sake of the careers of those involved but this was probly doomed from the start
thats the only thing that makes this show interesting to me. she did Lion King and a few other shows as well as Across the Universe. she's great at what she does which leads me to believe she may have something about this show that most people arnt seeing and wont see until if opens. i do hope its not a complete flop for the sake of the careers of those involved but this was probly doomed from the start
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1:05PM on 11/05/2010
Maybe this is God's way of saying "no gay-ass musical shit in my Spider-Man"!
Maybe this is God's way of saying "no gay-ass musical shit in my Spider-Man"!
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2:01PM on 11/05/2010
Yeah, 'cuz that's not offensive at all ^^^
I'd guess that most JoBlo fans here probably aren't Broadway fans and haven't experienced the brilliance of many musicals.
Granted, all of the delays and other reports about this musical have been suspicious, and the budget is ridiculously high, however, there's still hope here. Taymor is an exceptionally talented Director, and I'd like to see what she does with the concept. Also, "Next To Normal"'s Jennifer Damiano is starring as Mary-Jane, which is
Yeah, 'cuz that's not offensive at all ^^^
I'd guess that most JoBlo fans here probably aren't Broadway fans and haven't experienced the brilliance of many musicals.
Granted, all of the delays and other reports about this musical have been suspicious, and the budget is ridiculously high, however, there's still hope here. Taymor is an exceptionally talented Director, and I'd like to see what she does with the concept. Also, "Next To Normal"'s Jennifer Damiano is starring as Mary-Jane, which is promising.
Oh, and $10 million is pre-sales is far more than 'decent' for a Broadway musical.
3:04PM on 11/08/2010
I guess that's why I wanna see it. Cuz I'm a "gay-ass". Not cuz Taymor does incredible work. But simply because I'm a "gay-ass" who's into "musical shit". Real nice, bro.
I guess that's why I wanna see it. Cuz I'm a "gay-ass". Not cuz Taymor does incredible work. But simply because I'm a "gay-ass" who's into "musical shit". Real nice, bro.
11:17AM on 11/05/2010
If this delay doesn't change that ugly Green Goblin or something Green that was posted a month ago (I guess), I'd lose hope in this franchise.
If this delay doesn't change that ugly Green Goblin or something Green that was posted a month ago (I guess), I'd lose hope in this franchise.
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11:14AM on 11/05/2010
This is about as bad an idea as a Ghost Rider sequel...oh wait...
This is about as bad an idea as a Ghost Rider sequel...oh wait...
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10:44AM on 11/05/2010
I bet this will be alot better than that stupid reboot.
I bet this will be alot better than that stupid reboot.
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