“Spider-Man, Turn off the Dark,” the $50 million Broadway musical by Bono and The Edge, is back on – but not until fall 2010.
The show, the most expensive in Broadway history, was supposed to open in March at the Hilton Theater. It ran aground when David Garfinkle, its inexperienced and inept lead producer, failed to come with the money.Bono’s longtime business partner, Michael Cohl, stepped in to clean up the mess.
The financing is now in place, with a chunk coming from Disney, which recently acquired Marvel Comics. The show will likely begin previews in September and open in November, sources have said Refunds are now available for people who bought tickets for performances this spring — previews were supposed to have begun next month — and do not want to exchange them for new dates in the fall. “Cohl and Disney have sorted it all out,” one source said. “Garfinkle is around in name only.” Julie Taymor, who directed “The Lion King,” is staging “Spider-Man.” Alan Cumming is still on board as the Green Goblin. Spider-Man will be played by newcomer Reeve Carney.