U2 'Spider-Man' Musical Likely Delayed Again

Wes Orshoski
The Edge and Bono of U2 perform at Giants Stadium near New York City, September 23, 2009.

It's unlikely Broadway's "Spider-Man" will begin previews on Nov. 14 as planned, The New York Times reports.

The $60 million production -- the most expensive in the Great White Way's history -- has been under investigation by the New York State Department of Labor for its flying stunts, which left one actor with two broken wrists.

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Agency officials visited the theater Wednesday, but had to schedule a second inspection when the production was unable to show them every single planned stunt.

Spider-Man, which features music by U2's Bono and The Edge, can't premiere until given the go ahead by the Department of Labor. The production will begin previews later this month and open in the first half of January, according to the Times.

The NYS Department of Labor isn't the only organization watching.

"When a show is preparing to debut a lot of technology, especially flying over stage and audiences, we keep a close eye," Maria Somma, Actors' Equity spokeswoman, told the Times on Wednesday. Somma says Actors' Equity officials already notified the production team of the unsafe practice of having actors practicing different flying stunts in close proximity, and the rehearsal schedule was shifted.

"Spider-Man" was orginally scheduled to make its Broadway debut on Feb. 26, but that was pushed to December after the show's original producers ran into financial trouble.

Additional reporting by Monica Herrera, Billboard.com


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