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Spider-Man debuts on Broadway after year-long delay

by Shannon Harris on November 29, 2010

After delays, set-backs and a record $65 million budget, the new Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark made its first performance on Sunday at the Foxwoods Theater.

The musical, which is so far the most expensive Broadway musical in history, took nine years to produce, reports Bloomberg.com. That time saw financial troubles, the death of the show's original producer, Tony Adams, as well as actors breaking wrists and toes, according to the news source.

The performance, which on its own was delayed seven times, was stopped at least five times during the preview due to technical issues. Spider-Man was stuck dangling over the audience at the untimely end of Act I, though most of stunts were successful and there were no apparent injuries during the performance, reports the New York Times.

"I don't know how everyone else feels, but I feel like a guinea pig today – I feel like it's a dress rehearsal," shouted a woman in the audience after the final pause in Act II. According to the news source, she was "met with a chorus of boos."

The show, directed by the Lion King's Julie Taymor, features Spider-Man, his clones, and other fantastical characters. The actors fly in harnesses over an orchestra performing a soundtrack created by U2's Bono and the Edge.

The cast features Reeve Carney in the leading role, Jennifer Damiano as Peter Parker's girlfriend Mary Jane and Patrick Page as the villainous Green Goblin. According to the New York Daily News, the latter two roles were taken over by Damiano and Page, who replaced Evan Rachel Wood and Alan Cummings, respectively.

The official opening of the show, which has been delayed twice in the past year, is set for January 11, 2011.

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