It's been over a month since Evan Rachel Wood and Alan Cumming were confirmed for roles in "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark," the Broadway mega-musical directed by Julie Taymor and featuring a score by U2's Bono and The Edge, and judging by reports today, a lot has happened since that point—very little of it good.
According to New York Post columnist Michael Riedel, Spidey's Broadway debut is quickly turning into a production nightmare, with production halted, actors released from their contracts and ticket agents scrambling to work out refunds for early ticket-buyers.
Hello Entertainment, one of the producers of "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" offered the following statement to MTV News that both confirmed the report and offered a vote of confidence that the project will eventually see the stage:
"Hello Entertainment is aware of the speculation about the future of Spider-Man on Broadway and is re-confirming that the plan is to resume production shortly and preview on February 25th, 2010 at the Hilton Theatre when cash flow issues have been resolved."
According to Riedel's report, production crews at the Hilton Theatre—where the musical was scheduled to run—were put on "hiatus" due to a lack of money last week.
"Now comes word that the actors have been released from their contracts, with no incentive (i.e., money) to hang around waiting for the production to get back on track," wrote Riedel. "Meanwhile, ticket agents are desperately trying to get refunds for deposits from theater parties that booked early previews."
While the show is still scheduled to begin previews in February 2010, there are still questions as to what shape the massive production will take when—and now, if—it hits the stage. Despite not having cast its Peter Parker yet, there's no denying that the project has already become one of the most talked-about Broadway productions in recent years, and likely many more to come.
Keep it locked to Splash Page for more news on "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" as it continues to develop.
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