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New investors may rescue Spider-Man musical

The financially strapped Spider-Man musical may have found new backers to make up for a $10-million shortfall.

Roger Friedman -- you'll remember him for his review of a pirated copy of X-Men Origins: Wolverine -- reports that Jim Stern of Endgame Productions may step in to pick up the slack left after producer David Garfinkle ran into money problems a couple of months ago. New Jersey real-estate mogul-turned-movie producer Norton Herrick also could pitch in.

"Cash-flow obstacles" caused preparation work on Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark shut down in early August before resuming about a month later. The Broadway production, directed by Julie Taymor (The Lion King) and featuring music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge, is expected to cost somewhere between $35 million and $45 million.

Evan Rachel Wood and Alan Cumming have been cast as Mary Jane Watson and Green Goblin. The role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man hasn't been announced.

Despite the delays, the musical is set to begin previews in late February and open sometime in March.

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