Spiderman Takes A Time-Out Before Broadway

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The Broadway production of Spiderman can't seem to get on its eight legs. Opening night has been pushed back to March, producers said, "to allow for more time to fine-tune aspects of the show."

SCOTT SIMON, host:

(Soundbite of "Spiderman" theme song)

Unidentified People (Singing) Spiderman, Spiderman, does whatever a spider can...

SIMON: Except open on Broadway. "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" has delayed its opening for the fifth time, the show's producers announced this week. Four people have been injured during rehearsals and previews since last November. Inspectors are examining the show's safety procedures. It takes a lot of modern technology to get Spidey to fly. The producers say that the increased preview period will allow for more technical rehearsals.

The show is directed by Julie Taymor and features music by Bono and the Edge of U2. If the show opens on March 15, it will be after the longest preview period in Broadway history: four months. It's longer than Nicholas Cage was married to Lisa Marie Presley. After four injuries during the run, an agent might tell an actor, good news, you've got a role in "Spider-Man." The actor might say, hmm, no thanks. I'll wait for "Godot."

(Soundbite of "Spiderman" theme song)

Unidentified People (Singing) Whenever there's a hang up you'll find the Spider-Man.

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