Saturday, May 18, 2024

“Spider Man” on Bway Postpones Again, til 3/15: Beware the Ides of March?


“Spider Man: Turn off the Dark” won’t officially open until March 15th, set back from February 7th. And January 11th. And December 21st. At least. Who can remember?

The word came just a little while ago, as Bono and Edge, the show’s composers, finally saw the $65 million musical. They immediately imported their record producer, Steve Lillywhite, to work with the singers and the show’s soundsystem.

But Bono and Edge also saw that the show is not ready for official reviewing even though it’s been playing to sold out audiences at the Foxwoods Theater since November 28th. Now that all the injured actors are healing, the composers and Julie Taymor can address the show’s other problems.

This will be murder from a pr angle: wait for the NY Post to come out with aaxes grinding. The joke will be that one more postponement might make the show miss the Tony deadline of April 30th. And that actor Christopher Tierney will be completely healed by the time they do open!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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