December 19, 2010 14:36

U2's 'Spider-Man' musical debut delayed due to 'unforseeable setbacks'

Broadway production has been beset with problems

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The opening of the new Spider-Man musical featuring new music by U2's Bono and The Edge has been delayed due to "unforeseeable setbacks", according to producers.

The show, called Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, was due to open on Broadway in January, but has now been pushed back until February 7, reports BBC News. There have been several problems in the run up to the launch, with a preview show in November being halted five times due to technical problems. One incident in the show saw lead actress Natalie Mendoza left with concussion after she was hit by a rope.

The latest delay will give cast and crew more time to prepare, according to lead producer Michael Cohl.

"It has become clear that we need to give the team more time to fully execute their vision," he explained, adding: "I have no intention of cutting a single corner in getting to the finish line."

The musical, which features 27 aerial stunts and 18 orchestra members, is at $65m (£42m) the most expensive ever to be staged on Broadway.

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