NEW YORK (PIX 11)—The latest twist for Broadway's trouble-plagued production "Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark" is hiring Paul Bogaev, an entertainment veteran and showman who helped craft the Academy Award-winning movie musical Chicago.
Now Bogaev will face perhaps his toughest project yet -- rescuing "Spiderman – Turn Off The Dark."
Tonight a spokesman for the musical confirmed to PIX 11 News that Bogaev has been hired as a "consultant." It is reportedly a rescue mission to help improve the performance, orchestration, and quality of the stunt-filled, trouble-plagued, much delayed production.
Featuring music from U2 frontman Bono and The Edge, Spiderman on Broadway tragically leapt to public attention after stunt man Christopher Tierney plummeted almost 30 feet. Tierney survived the fall. The production blamed human error. That fall, plus several other cast catastrophes, triggered a workplace safety investigation. The show’s opening has been delayed five times.
So now Bogaev rides to the rescue, and when it comes to theater, Bogeav's track record seems to show he knows what he’s doing. He won his first Grammy for helping craft Aida on Broadway and worked as music director on Sunset Boulevard, Les Miserables, and Cats.
Meanwhile, critics have been calling "Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark" not only the most expensive Broadway show ever, but also one of the worst.
According to the Spiderman spokesman, despite Bogaev's last minute hiring, opening night will not be delayed for a sixth time.
We're told "Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark" is scheduled to open on Broadway on March 15th.