Apparently all the critical reviews, the injured cast members, the hiring of a new creative team, and various other problems behind the scenes have ensured that SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK will move its opening date yet again, at least three months more, according to the New York Times.
The press representative of the show, Rick Miramontez, said in a statement that "Opening night remains scheduled for March 15th," but I went to the Ticketmaster website and the status of the show for that night says Canceled. So in this instance I think the New York Times has it right.
There's also a real possibility that Julie Taymor may be replaced as the director, according to the article. There may be conflicts with her, the producers, and the new creative staff behind the scenes. A lot of money has been spent on this so far and it doesn't look like it's going to end soon. Still the show is selling tickets hand over fist, if for nothing else possibly morbid curiosity, or maybe the show is striking a chord with the audience, something the critics may have not expected.
I really hope the show gets its problems worked out. I want to see a terrific adaptation of the Spider-Man story. I'm still going next week, unless the show gets canceled, and will report back on what I see. I have high hopes for it. Maybe the musical will be awful, but it'll be an experience worth having, in my opinion. I also hope Julie Taymor remains as a director. I think as a director she has an uncompromising vision and I don't care, I love Bono and the Edge too. Again, I may be overly optimistic, but that's my nature.