The word is getting around that the Spider-Man musical that is soon to open on Broadway has been hit by a series of technical problems and injuries.
After the first preview performance last week, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark had to be halted five times because of technical problems, while two subsequent shows have also had to be stopped. The first preview took about 3.5 hours to complete. Two actors were stuck suspended over the crowd during a preview, or, as in Thursday's performance, Spider-Man got trapped on the balcony.
The show is also going on without leading lady Natalie Mendoza, who has been sidelined after being hit in the head by a rope during the first preview. Kevin Aubin, an aerialist, broke both his wrists last month during a presentation for ticket agents. In a separate incident while rehearsing the show, another actor broke his foot.
The $65 million musical is the most expensive production in the history of Broadway and would need to break box office records to make any money. The show can't go on tour because the special effects are too expensive to go on the road.