Spider-Man musical set to open Dec. 21

The much-delayed and problem-plagued Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Broadway musical now has an opening date -- Dec. 21. Preview performances begin Nov. 14.

The $52 million production, which was supposed to open this past spring, will run in the newly renamed Foxwoods Theatre. The cast includes Reeve Carney as Peter Parker, Jennifer Damiano as Mary Jane Watson and Patrick Page as the Green Goblin. Rehearsals begin Aug. 16.

The musical is directed by Julie Taymor, who brought the Lion King to Broadway. Featuring a score by Bono and the Edge, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark could be the most expensive musical in Broadway history, with weekly production costs of more than $1 million -- hundreds of thousands of dollars more than elaborate shows like Mary Poppins and West Side Story.

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