Big Meeting Today to Contemplate Squashing Spider-Man Musical

11/06/2009 11:04 AM |

Spider-Man Musical

Two of the execs behind the embattled Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Broadway musical spoke to ArtsBeat yesterday, explaining that all the production and artistic big-wigs (including director Julie Taymor and, maybe, composers and lyricists Bono and The Edge) will be meeting in Manhattan today to discuss the production, its planned February 25 debut and the whole big mess of financial problems it’s run into since lead producer David Garfinkle dropped out.

They’re expected to push that first preview date back some, and Taymor will likely ask that the first rehersals be postponed until the New Year, so that all the technological wizardry of, you know, web-slinging around a theater can be worked out. The weekly operating cost of the show has been projected to hover somewhere between $700,000 and $1 million, which basically means the show would need to run, sold out, for like a year before it made any profit. While we wait on the results of this mysterious meeting, let me just say that I’m all for stage spectacles, but certain things were just not meant to be plays.