Broadway’s “Spider-man” faced another setback Thursday as producers announced it would be delayed for the fifth time to “fine-tune” parts of the show. The new opening date is set for March 15.
“We simply need more time to fully execute the creative team’s vision before freezing the show,” producer Michael Cohl said. “I picked a date in March that allows me to ensure that this will be the final postponement.”
They added that performances on Jan. 18 and Jan. 25 would be canceled.The opening had last been scheduled for Feb. 7.
The $65 million show — Broadway’s most expensive ever — has been in previews since November. It was first scheduled to open Jan. 11, but injuries and set problems have continually pushed back its opening.
Four cast members have been injured. Most recently, lead stuntman Chris Tierney, 32, landed in the hospital after falling nearly 30 feet because of faulty safety regulations.
His accident closed the show for two days and prompted a city investigation, which resulted in new safety regulations for the stunts.
But despite — or because of — the show’s problems, it continues to nearly sell out most shows and last week out-grossed perennial top-earner “Wicked.”