|June 16, 2011||Posted by Alistair Harris under U2|
The world’s most expensive musical, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, finally opened in New York this week.
The theatrical extravaganza, which has been beset by problems with directors, actors and accidents on set, has cost more than $70 million to produce.
Original director Julie Taymor was sacked before the show opened, during rehearsals an actor suffered a nasty fall from a 30-foot platform, and a former leading lady quit when she ended up with concussion.
Despite months of delays and walk-outs by the cast, the premiere of the Broadway show, at the Foxwoods Theatre, boasted a huge celebrity turn-out.
Supermodel Helena Christensen, former US president Bill Clinton and actor Matt Damon were among the audience on opening night.
The songs for Spider-Man were penned by Irish rockstars U2, and guitarist The Edge and singer Bono joined the cast on stage for the curtain call.
The musical received mixed reviews from critics – many said the plot and acting were as over-the-top as the costumes and special effects.
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