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Broadway's 'Spider-Man' Finally Opening

Reeve carney2 After the longest preview run in Broadway history, performer injuries, an ousted director and a complete revamp, “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” is finally opening tonight at Broadway’s Foxwoods Theatre. Preview performances, which began on Nov. 28, 2010, received negative reviews. Injured actors and an incoherent plot made the musical a punch line for every late-night talk show host. In an interview with The New York Times, the show’s composers, Bono and the Edge of U2, expressed frustration regarding the drama leading up to this eventual opening, which included firing director Julie Taymor and hiring a new creative team to make revisions. Bono claimed that the first time he loved “Spider-Man” was just two-and-a-half weeks ago.

The New York Times reported that Taymor will be at the opening, deciding to go after she received calls from both Bono and star Reeve Carney encouraging her to attend. After nine years of working with the project and being let go three months ago, this call is supposedly the first communication Taymor and Bono have had since helped push her out. Just last week, The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society filed claims against the producers of "Spider-Man" on Taymor's behalf. Back Stage reported they are asking that Taymor recieve royalties for her work on the show.

The opening is set for 6:30 p.m. with high profile guest expected to attend, such as former President Bill Clinton, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson and Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber. The production, which features Reeve Carney as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Jennifer Damiano as Mary Jane Watson, follows the tale of Peter Parker whose life is changed after being bitten by a genetically altered spider.

Read Back Stage's review of the newly revised version of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark."

Pictured: Reeve Carney (Photo: Getty Images)

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