Friday, April 15

Spider Man Musical to close next week for changes

This weekend is the last chance to see the director Julie Taymor’s original vision of the $70 million musical Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark which is easily proving to be most expensive show in Broadway history.

It currently includes the Goblin’s demise at the end of the first act and the prominence of Arachne who a mythical spider-woman created by Taymor and her co-writer Glen Berger.

But after this weekend the show closes for three weeks and re-opens on May 12th. The new version will see the Goblin who is the chief villain in the first Spider Man movie becoming a bigger character and Arachne will be turned into a sort of guardian angel.

With the firing of Taymor, Berger has rewritten the script with Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa who is a playwright and comic book author. Philip William McKinley (Broadway’s “Boy From Oz”) is the new director.

After another month of previews Spider-Man is scheduled to open officially on June 14th.

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