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Face it, tiger: ‘Mary Jane’ isn’t coming back to Spider-Man musical

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Face it, tiger: ‘Mary Jane’ isn’t coming back to Spider-Man musical

Today brings more evidence that, despite the claims of producers, the Spider-Man musical may be deader than Uncle Ben.

New York Post theater columnist Michael Riedel, who’s been breathlessly chronicling the problems of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, now reports that agents for Evan Rachel Wood are scrambling for movie roles the actress had turned down so she could play Mary Jane Watson in the $45-million Broadway production.

That comes on the heels of Wednesday’s report that Wood, Alan Cumming and other actors had been released from their contracts while producers tried to overcome “cash-flow obstacles.” Officially, work on Spider-Man is “suspended”; a spokesperson maintains the show will start previews, as scheduled, on Feb. 25.

Riedel also claims that Sony and producer David Garfinkle could face further trouble from Live Nation, owner of the Hilton Theater, which was gutted for the production. The columnist quotes an anonymous source as saying “it’ll cost millions” to put the facility back together.

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