NEW YORK (PIX11)—If it weren't for bad luck, it would have no luck at all.
The accident-prone Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" will be on hiatus through June in hopes of revamping the show.
The creators need the time to overhaul the $65 million production, Broadway's most expensive undertaking to date. Major cast and plot changes are in the offing, reportedly to make the production more "family-friendly."
Published reports say most of the things being cut or revamped were envisioned by director Julie Taymor and her team, who have since exited the musical, stage-left.
These are some of the wholesale changes being instituted: the role of spider villainess Arachne is being cut, dramatically; a battle between Arachne and Peter Parker is out; and the Greek Chorus of comic book-loving narrators will also bite the dust.
And U2's Bono and the Edge, who helped create the musical, will add two extra songs.
"Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" has had mishap after mishap, some of them death-defying. In December 2010, stuntman Christopher Tierney's safety harness failed, and he plunged 30 feet into the pit; he sustained a hairline skull fracture, four broken ribs, a bruised lung and three cracked vertebrae.
The musical has been in previews since November 2010, when the much ballyhooed production was pretty much given a resounding thumbs down by theatre critics.
The curtain on the new, and hopefully improved Spider-Man is expected to go up May 12 for another set of previews. The official opening night is now set for June 14.
A report in the Daily News says the changes being instituted are based on finding from focus groups, put together by producers during the shows rocky ride.