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HollywoodProducer
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posted November 29, 2010 10:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for HollywoodProducer   Click Here to Email HollywoodProducer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow - if true, what a preview!
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First 'Spider-Man' preview filled with problems

By MICHAEL RIEDEL

Helayne Seidman

Not even Spider-Man could avert this disaster.

Last night's opening pre view of Broadway's most expensive production ever, "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," was an epic flop as the $65 million show's high-tech gadgetry went completely awry amid a dull score and baffling script, theatergoers griped.

Stunned audience members were left scratching their heads over the confusing plot -- when they weren't ducking for cover from falling equipment and dangling actors at the Foxwoods Theatre on West 42nd Street, some said.

At various points, overhead stage wires dropped on the audience, scenery appeared on stage missing pieces -- and the show's star was even left swaying helplessly over them midair during what was supposed to be the climatic end to the first act.

The production -- directed by Julie Taymor of "Lion King" fame and with a score by U2's Bono and The Edge -- appeared cursed from the start, audience members said.

It opened with Taymor's personal creation, the eight-legged female character Arachne, taking the stage.

The spider is the radioactive arachnid that bites Peter Parker, giving the photographer his superhuman Spider-Man powers.

As the character, played by actress Natalie Mendoza, finished her big number "Rise Above" while suspended over the crowd, an apparent wire malfunction left her stopped in midair -- where she remained for an embarrassing seven or eight minutes as stagehands worked feverishly to figure out the problem.

The stage manager finally said over the loudspeaker, "Give it up for Natalie Mendoza, who's hanging in the air!"

The show had to be stopped four times in the first act alone for various snags.

Parker's love interest, Mary Jane, was supposed to be saved from atop the Chrysler Building. But part of the building was missing, and Mary Jane was no where in sight.

As puzzled theater patrons looked around, Spider-Man -- played by Reeve Carney -- suddenly flew in with Mary Jane in his arms and put her down on stage.

He was then supposed to fly off in a dramatic end to the first act.

Instead, Spider-Man got stuck in midair and swung back and forth over the crowd as three stagehands leaped up and down futilely trying to grab onto one of his feet to haul him back to earth.

Another sticky situation involved Spider-Man nemesis Green Goblin, said disgruntled audience members.

As the Goblin -- played by Patrick Page of "Grinch" fame -- sat down at the piano for a scheduled number, he was left to continue playing on . . . and on . . . as stage workers openly rushed around to fix faulty equipment.

Page finally started vamping it up for grateful audience members, riffing on the tune, "I'll Take Manhattan."

"This is the best part of the whole show," grumbled theatergoer Steve Poizner of California.

The production dragged on for nearly 3˝ hours.

In its last 10 minutes, the show was completely stopped for at least half that time to work out kinks.

"I don't know about the rest of you, but I feel like a guinea pig tonight!" one woman angrily shouted out from her orchestra seat during the down time.

"I feel this was a dress rehearsal!"

Taymor was at the preview, as was producer Michael Cohl, although Bono and The Edge were in Australia on tour with U2.

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I saw it last night.

CARRIE was FAR better, because IT at least had an interesting story.

The technical failures really didn't bother me as much as the unintelligible score and horrific, confusing story did.

Honestly the second act is a COMPLETE MESS. I'm not sure if it was all a dream, or what. It's absolutely ridiculous, though.

And you honestly can't understand a single word they are singing, it just becomes guitar riffs and mumbles.

It's not only an epic disaster, it is by far the WORST thing I have ever witnessed on stage.

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Any improvements reported?

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As expected, the much-troubled Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark has delayed its opening night from January 11, 2011 to Monday, February 7. The $65 million musical, which has found itself more under a microscope than just about any Broadway-bound musical because of the record price tag and star creatives, has been plagued by injuries to cast members taking part in acrobatics scenes. The Lion King's Julie Taymor is directing a book she wrote with Glen Berger, with music and lyrics by U2's Bono and The Edge. Preview performances will continue at the Foxwoods Theater on 42nd Street, but the creatives continue to tweak both the songs and the book, per The New York Times. Pushing until they're absolutely ready is smart; beyond Spider-Man, only a musical like Andrew Lloyd Webber's delayed Phantom of the Opera sequel Love Never Dies will be welcomed with such an intense level of media and critical scrutiny.

Here is the official release:

New York, NY – Lead producer Michael Cohl announced today that SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark has delayed its opening night (previously set for January 11, 2011) to Monday, February 7. Directed by Julie Taymor and featuring a book by Julie Taymor and Glen Berger, and new music and lyrics by U2’s Bono and The Edge, SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark is now in previews at Broadway’s Foxwoods Theatre (213 West 42nd Street). All performances prior to the new opening night will go on as planned.

In a statement, Cohl said, “The creative team is implementing truly exciting changes throughout the preview process. Due to some unforeseeable setbacks, most notably the injury of a principal cast member, it has become clear that we need to give the team more time to fully execute their vision. SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark is an extremely ambitious undertaking, as everyone knows, and I have no intention of cutting a single corner in getting to the finish line.”

Featuring direction by Tony® Award-winner Julie Taymor (The Tempest, Across The Universe, The Lion King), music and lyrics by 22-time Grammy® Award-winners Bono and The Edge, a book co-written by Taymor and Glen Berger (Underneath The Lintel) and one of the most iconic title characters of all time, SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark is the most ambitious production ever undertaken on Broadway and finds astonishingly fresh ways to tell a story inspired by over 40 years of Marvel comic books. The show follows the story of teenager Peter Parker, whose unremarkable life is turned upside-down when he's bitten by a genetically altered spider and wakes up the next morning clinging to his bedroom ceiling. This bullied science-geek suddenly endowed with incredible powers soon learns, however, that with great power comes great responsibility as villains put both his physical strength and strength of character to the test. SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark will thrill audiences through a unique entertainment experience in ways never-before-dreamed-possible in live theater.

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Actor Injured in Fall on 'Spider-Man' Broadway Show
By The New York Times
Published: December 21, 2010 @ 2:45 am

And the web of trouble for Spider-Man show on Broadway keeps getting stickier.

An actor in the musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” was injured during a performance Monday night, police and witnesses told the New York Times [1]. No details about the actors injuries were immediately released.

The $65 million musical – the most expensive ever staged on Broadway – features a series of complex stunts, including one at the end of the program that went terribly wrong.

Theatergoers saw the actor the actor playing the title character – or possibly his stunt double -- fall about 8 to 10 feet during the closing minutes of the show. Some equipment also fell into the audience, though no injuries were reported.

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NEW YORK – The troubled Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" was plagued by its fourth accident since it began previews last month when a performer doing an aerial stunt fell about 30 feet, fire officials said.

Firefighters were called to the Foxwoods Theatre at about 10:45 p.m. Monday after the 31-year-old performer fell near the end of the latest preview performance. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital with minor injuries, police said.

Police did not release the actor's name, but a performer in the show identified him as Christopher Tierney. The performer spoke on condition of anonymity because the performer was not authorized to speak publicly about the accident.

A nurse at Bellevue Hospital said that a Christopher Tierney was admitted and was in stable condition, but would not provide details.

Tierney is the show's main aerialist and performs stunts for the roles of Spider-Man, and the villains Meeks and Kraven.

The cable to Tierney's harness snapped during a scene in which Spider-Man rescues his love interest, Mary Jane, the performer said. It was unclear if Tierney was properly harnessed when the cable snapped. The performer said the show's actors are responsible for hooking themselves up to harnesses used for aerial stunts.

Christine Bord of Clinton, N.Y., was sitting behind a perch on the balcony. The actors who fly over the audience stop on that small ramp.

"It looks like part of the New York City skyline ... like a building and Spider-Man was up on the top of that ... ramp," she said. "The actress who was playing Mary Jane came off of that at the bottom. In the scene, of course, Spider-Man was supposed to come down and we're assuming save Mary Jane at the end of the scene but instead he came flying down and he just slid right off the bottom of that ramp into the pit below and came tumbling down into the stage.

"He was being held up by a wire and you could see at the end of the wire there was maybe a weight or something that kind of came following after him," Bord said. "And then after they both came down, it was just silent and you started to hear people screaming in the pit."

"A voice yelled, `Someone call 911!' Then there was a silence," another audience member, fashion blogger Mariana Leung, wrote on the website NearSay.com. "A minute later, the stage was still dark. Then there was an announcement that the show would be delayed. A few minutes later, a second announcement that the performance would not continue. The lights came up."

Leung said the "shocked audience" exited the theater slowly and many stayed to see if the actor was OK. She said he was carried out to the ambulance still in costume.

A spokesman for "Spider-Man," Rick Miramontez, said an announcement would be made later Tuesday regarding the refund/exchange policy for Monday night's aborted performance. There is no performance Tuesday night, which had always been scheduled as a dark night, Miramontez said.

Actress Natalie Mendoza, who plays Spider-Man's evil love interest Arachne and herself was injured during the show's first preview last month, posted a Twitter message asking people to pray for the actor.

"Please pray with me for my friend Chris, my superhero who quietly inspires me everyday with his spirit. A light in my heart went dim tonight."

Miramontez said the fall happened about seven minutes before the end of the performance, and the show was stopped.

"All signs were good as he was taken to the hospital for observation," Miramontez said.

Maria Somma, a spokeswoman for Actors' Equity Association, said the union was "working with management and the Department of Labor to ensure that performances will not resume until back-up safety measures are in place.."

On Friday, the show's lead producer Michael Cohl delayed the show's official opening for the second time, pushing it back 27 days, from Jan. 11 to Feb. 7.

In a statement that day, Cohl said, "The creative team is implementing truly exciting changes throughout the preview process. Due to some unforeseeable setbacks, most notably the injury of a principal cast member, it has become clear that we need to give the team more time to fully execute their vision."

The $65 million musical was conceived by Tony Award-winning director and co-writer Julie Taymor and U2's Bono and The Edge, who wrote the music. More than eight years in the making, delays and money woes have plagued the show's launch. Three other accidents have injured actors, including one who had both his wrists broken while practicing an aerial stunt.

The show's massive costs — a 41-member cast, 18 orchestra members, complicated sets and 27 daring aerial stunts, including a battle between two characters over the audience — mean the 1,928-seat theater will have to virtually sell out every show for several years just to break even. The weekly running bill has been put as high as $1 million. (Tickets are priced from $67.50-$135 for weekday performances and $67.50-$140 for weekend performances.)

The first preview on Nov. 28 did not go well. The musical had to be halted five times because of technical glitches and Mendoza was hit in the head by a rope and suffered a concussion. Her injury would eventually keep her sidelined for two weeks.

The show — whose costs easily dwarf Broadway's last costliest show, the $25 million "Shrek The Musical" — may be about a comic-book hero, but it has now itself become easy fodder for comics.

Online, where parodies by "Saturday Night Live" and "Conan" poking fun of the musical's early technical problems had recently been eagerly passed around, the tone shifted Tuesday from jokey schadenfreude to mild outrage.

"Becoming a bit of a joke — a bad one — but a joke," wrote Dan Truong, a Toronto photographer, on Twitter.

An actor from TV's "Modern Family," Jesse Tyler Ferguson, used sarcasm to hint at the grisly nature of the accident-prone production.

"I'm torn between wanting to see `Spiderman' on Broadway and not wanting to see someone literally die doing musical theater," he said.

TV personality Dave Holmes said if "Spider-man" makes it out of previews, "it will be the leading cause of death in the state of New York."

The reactions to the cast's apparent physical peril suggested the musical may have more than opening kinks to work out if it to continue. "I'm going to see Spiderman and I'm scared," said Kathleen Nolan of New York.

Still, a trickle of ticket-buyers appeared at the Foxwoods box office Tuesday morning. The accident did not stop Yumeho Asai, 20, of Gifu, Japan, from buying a ticket. She is studying musical theater herself. "I'm just so interested in the technical aspects," she said.

Justin Waldman, 17, of Toronto, hadn't heard about the show's accidents, but said it wouldn't affect buying a ticket.

"I like Spider-Man and I like U2, so I think the combination of the two would be a good mix," he said.

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Associated Press writers Karen Matthews and Ula Ilnytzky, Entertainment Writer Jake Coyle and Broadcast reporter Warren Levinson contributed to this report.

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I was there last night in the fifth row. It was beyond frightening. And I’m not just talking about the accident (you can already read all about that on every site… the wire snapping and flying, the screams, the “call 911!” shriek). What was just as frightening is how incredibly, incredibly, incredibly awful this show is. It has collapsed under its own weight. It’s not just a bad book, it’s NO book. There is no clear story, no passion, no tugging at heartstrings. I’m a writer so naturally and egomaniacally I spent a good part of the showing thinking, “What would I do to fix this?” There are obvious fixes and things to be done, but at a certain point I stopped thinking because I was terrified for everyone in that theatre. The flying and other various stunts are scary, but not in a thrilling way, in a truly scary way. The flying (when it works) is technically cool, but it comes out of nowhere and doesn’t move you emotionally in the least. If it rose out of a great story, a great song, characters you cared about, it would be mind-blowing and spine-tingling. Instead you have these poor actors risking their lives (and the audience’s lives… you know one of those wires is going to snap as they’re flying over the crowd one night) for a show that is so creatively and musically irresponsible that it’s… frightening. You want to cry as you see these insanely beautiful, expensive sets unfolding and moving and flashing — because they are supporting a completely empty, pointless show. All of those involved are clearly top (if not the top) talents in their fields, but they’ve lost their way under the weight of all this money and expectation. And then there’s the music. Yikes. It’s U2 so it’s hard to believe, but there is not a single song, a single hook that stays with you. These songs are just stunningly bad. High school basement band bad. I’m not a typical naysayer, and if this show wasn’t so physically dangerous I wouldn’t even be commenting here, but this is an irresponsible, terrifying production both creatively and technically. Stop the bleeding.

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Broadway Star on 'Spider-Man': 'Does Someone Have to Die?'
By Tim Molloy

Tony-winning actress Alice Ripley, "Rent" star Adam Pascal, and other Broadway actors say "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark" should be ashamed of itself after the serious injury of a stuntman, the fourth performer hurt in the production.

"This is completely unacceptable and embarrassing to working actors everywhere," Ripley tweeted. She later added: "Does someone have to die? Where is the line for the decision-makers, I am curious."

Ripley is appearing in the Los Angeles production of "Next to Normal," for which she won a Tony on Broadway. She joins other Broadway stars who have questioned the safety of Julie Taymor's $65 million musical, which is scheduled to reopen Wednesday night after Monday's accident.

"I have to weigh in on Spiderman," wrote "Rent" star Adam Pascal on Facebook. "They should put Julie Taymor in jail for assault! I know what its like to fall and get hurt in front of 2,000 people. It's no fun, but at least it was the one time it happened. I hope whoever was hurt is ok and sues the sh-- out of Julie, Bono, Edge and every other a--hole who invested in that steaming pile of actor crippling sh--!"

Aerialist Chris Tierney was hospitalized after Monday's fall, and a Wednesday matinee was rescheduled as a result. No Tuesday shows had been scheduled.

"An accident like this is obviously heartbreaking for our entire team and of course, to me personally," Taymor said in a statement Tuesday. " I am so thankful that Chris is going to be all right and is in great spirits. Nothing is more important than the safety of our "Spider-man" family and we'll continue to do everything in our power to protect the cast and crew."

As for Taymor, the star director released a statement on Wednesday pledging to do her best to ensure that an accident like Tierney's didn't happen again.

“An accident like this is obviously heartbreaking for our entire team and of course, to me personally," Taymor said in a statement. "I am so thankful that Chris is going to be all right and is in great spirits. Nothing is more important than the safety of our Spider-man family and we’ll continue to do everything in our power to protect the cast and crew.”

However, investors in the show are reportedly weighing pulling out.

"This is a disaster," an investor told the New York Post [2]. "We should cut our losses and just get out."

"Act One is almost over. Act Two will be in the courtroom," a different investor told the paper. [2]

The show was to reopen Wednesday night. A spokesman for the show said the company met Tuesday with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Actors Equity and the New York State Department of Labor to discuss "additional safety protocols," which the company ageeed to enact immediately.

The accident was the fourth to befall a performer in the show: One actress suffered a concussion and two actors were injured by a slingshot effect supposed to propel them.

The musical – the most expensive ever staged on Broadway – is in previews. It announced Friday that it would delay its official opening by four weeks, to Feb. 7, to allow for creative changes.

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By ERICA ORDEN

The producers of Broadway's injury-plagued "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" have canceled Wednesday's performance in order to implement new safety protocols.

The new safety standards stem from an agreement with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the New York State Department of Labor, according to a statement released by a spokesman for the production. Ticketholders for Wednesday's show will be offered a refund.

The production also cancelled its Wednesday matinee.

Earlier on Wednesday, a state assemblyman called on producers to producers to bring in an independent safety expert to evaluate the show's aerial stunts and remove the show's final sequence.

"The danger to actors, theater employees and audience members seems to have reached unacceptable levels," said Assemblyman Rory Lancman, chairman of the Subcommittee on Workplace Safety, in a letter sent Wednesday afternoon to "Spider-Man" producer Michael Cohl.

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Representatives for the production didn't have any immediate comment. Mr. Cohl couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

On Monday, a fourth actor was injured in the production, when a "Spider-Man" stunt double fell more than 20 feet off a platform, injuring several ribs. He has been in serious condition at Bellevue Hospital Center since Monday evening. The show is currently under investigation by both the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the New York state Department of Labor.

Mr. Lancman is also considering calling a hearing to explore the show's safety issues, he said in the letter.

"Achieving workplace safety can't be a process of trial and error, and they've been trying and erring for several months now," Mr. Lancman said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.

In addition to asking for the removal of a sequence known as "The Net" and for the use of an independent safety inspector, Mr. Lancman's letter calls for the show to shorten the tether that is supposed to prevent the stunt doubles from free-falling, to increase rehearsal time for the understudies performing aerial or tethered sequences and to introduce flying seminars for performers.

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stunt actor who fell 30 feet while playing Spider-Man on Broadway is walking again, and his father said Saturday that he can't wait to return to the role despite injuries that have him confined to the intensive care unit.

Christopher Tierney walked Friday for the first time since his fall during Monday's performance of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" and was spending Christmas with his mother and brother in the hospital while recovering from back surgery, Tim Tierney told The Associated Press.

Julie Taymor, the director and co-writer of the $65 million production, visited the injured actor in the hospital on Christmas Eve, Tierney said. The show — the most expensive ever on Broadway — has been plagued by technical glitches, money woes and three other injuries, including a concussion and two broken wrists.

"They're eagerly awaiting his return," the actor's father said from his home in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. "He just felt so blessed to be part of this whole creative process, and he just cannot wait to get back and perform in the show."

Tim Tierney said he believes his son will regain close to full mobility after recovering from a roster of injuries that included a hairline skull fracture, four broken ribs, a bruised lung, internal bleeding and cracks in three lumbar vertebrae.

Christopher Tierney will remain in the intensive care unit until at least Monday, then stay in New York City for rehabilitation.

As for when a return to the show might be possible, Tim Tierney said he was more positive than his son's doctors, who did not give a time frame for recovery.

"Doctors — they're always pessimistic," he said, adding that the pins and rods his son now has in his lower back will come out after he heals.

The actor's plunge from a ledge into a stage pit, despite a safety harness that should have prevented the spill, was not caused by equipment failure, Tim Tierney said, without elaborating. State Department of Labor officials have said the cause is still under investigation, and the Actors' Equity Association union has said the fall was caused by human error.

The much-anticipated production, teaming "Lion King" creator Taymor with U2 songwriters Bono and The Edge, has had a bumpy ride to Broadway. It has been in previews for a month, and its official Broadway opening has twice been postponed. It is now set for early February.

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More Trouble for 'Spider-Man' as a Leading Actress Leaves
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"Spider-Man" can't seem to catch a break.

Natalie Mendoza, one of the lead actresses in "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," is reportedly leaving the $65 million show, in yet another major blow to the most expensive Broadway production ever staged.

The much-hyped production has suffered a series of setbacks while still in previews -- including serious injuries to four cast members. And now, The New York Times reports that Mendoza, who sustained a concussion during a performance last month, has quit.
Natalie Mendoza poses backstage at the theater after the opening night preview of 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' at the Foxwoods Theater on November 28, 2010 in New York City.
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Natalie Mendoza poses backstage after the opening-night preview in November of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" in New York City. After suffering a concussion during a performance last month, she has left the show.

Mendoza, 30, played the role of Arachne, a major villain in "Spider-Man" and an integral part of the show. She took two weeks off to recover after she was hit by a heavy rope attached to a piece of backstage equipment during a Nov. 28 performance.

Then, on Dec. 20, Christopher Tierney, one of the show's key stuntmen, fell more than 20 feet when his harness failed. Although he broke several ribs, suffered a bruised lung and was forced to undergo back surgery, Tierney, 31, has vowed to return.

Mendoza has not commented on her departure. On Dec. 21, she asked her Twitter followers to pray for Tierney. "Please pray with me for my friend Chris, my superhero who quietly inspires me everyday with his spirit. A light in my heart went dim tonight," the actress tweeted.

Another actor, Kevin Aubin, broke his wrists in October while working on a stunt during the production, and another cast member, a dancer, injured his feet trying to perform the same move.

The injuries have delayed the show's opening by nearly two months, to Feb. 7. "Spider-Man" spokesman Rick Miramontez did not immediately return a request for comment today from AOL News, and Mendoza could not be located for comment.

The show was created by Julie Taymor, with music by U2's Bono and the Edge.

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Looks awesome.

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No reports of injuries or deaths lately - I suppose that's a good sign.

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Doomed.

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Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has delayed its February 7 opening, yet again. This time, opening night will be March 15 as Julie Taymor and her creative collaborators including U2's Bono and The Edge try to work more bugs out of the musical's system. This one's not going to sit well in places like The New York Times. Critic Charles Isherwood, clearly gritting his teeth, recently ran an article saying the paper would hold its tongue, despite "reviews" written for Bloomberg News by Jeremy Gerard (who paid $292 for his orchestra seat) and another in Newsday by critic Linda Winer. It's getting to the point now where reviewers will be hard-pressed to hold off any longer. Spider-Man is packing the house in preview performances (Glenn Beck just issued the musical's first full fledged rave), and the musical might be better off selling tickets in an endless run of previews, without ever having an official opening. That might be the $65 million musical's best hope of recouping.

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