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Spider-Man crawling to Broadway in December

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Aug 10, 2010 | 1:00pm EDT

Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, which features a score by U2 stars The Edge and Bono, has been in the works for six years and producers had initially planned to begin previews in February (10).

But the show suffered a number of major blows earlier this year (10) when both Alan Cumming, who was set to play the villainous Green Goblin, and Evan Rachel Wood, cast as Spider-Man's leading lady Mary Jane, quit the ambitious production, citing scheduling difficulties.

Tony Award nominee Jennifer Damiano was subsequently announced as Wood's replacement, while actor Patrick Page has reportedly been offered Cumming's role. Reeve Carney remains on board as Spider-Man in the Julie Taymor production.

Tnd the show has now secured an official launch date - on Tuesday (10Aug10), lead producer Michael Cohl promised Spider-Man fans the highly-anticipated play would begin preview performances on 14 November (10) and open on 21 December (10).

The musical has been touted as one of the most expensive productions in Broadway history, costing investors an estimated $50 million (£33.3 million).

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