In anticipation of its official, no-really-we-mean-it-this-time opening night this Tuesday, June 14, the long-delayed, much-beleaguered Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is officially a “frozen” show, according to a New York Times report. That means no more changes — to lyrics, choreography, etc. — after a record-setting 177 preview performances.
The production went dark in late April and early May to implement changes from new director Philip McKinley and writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who replaced director-co-writer Julie Taymor in March. The result: A new song from Bono and the Edge, and a significantly altered second act. Theater critics — many of whom reviewed the still-in-progress show in February — will now be officially invited to view the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances of the show, with reviews publishing after its Tuesday evening opening night. One likely final hurdle for the singing web-slinger: The Tony Awards are on Sunday night, and there is no greater comic bullseye on the Great White Way than on the back of Spidey’s bright red super suit.