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Glitches for 'Spider-Man' on Broadway

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First "Spider-Man" was to open on Broadway in January 2010. Then it got pushed back to February. And at one point simply ran out of money. Now it is almost December, and the musical finally had its first preview. Already, one critic is calling it a "$65 million train wreck."

"Spider-Man" is one of the most successful movie franchises of all time.

Thanks to its high flying action and dazzling effects, Spidey fans packed into see Broadway's much-delayed take on the marvel comic hero, only to see the beloved character all hung up.

New York Post theater critic Michael Riedel says the show stopped five different times due to what he calls catastrophes.

The most expensive Broadway production ever is directed by Julie Taymor, who also did "The Lion King." The show has two dozen flying sequences with the actors able to zoom up to 50 miles per hour on harnesses and wires.

One of the aerial fights is a dramatic battle between spider-man and the green goblin taking place right over the audience -- a feat never seen on Broadway.

Even though the show has been rehearsing for 14 weeks, Sunday night marked the first time the show ever did a full start-to-finish run-through. And this first go happened to be in front of a full paying audience.

A spokesperson for "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" told Fox 5: "The cast and crew were thrilled to be performing for their first ever audience. Technical issues are not uncommon in big musicals, and they are of course being swiftly handled in this case."

But critic Riedel says the show's web of troubles goes beyond technical snafus. He even says the music, written by U2's Bono and the Edge, misses the mark.

"Spider-Man" officially opens in six weeks, but will it be enough time for Peter Parker to save the day?

The show spokesperson says tickets are selling like hotcakes and that performances all this week are sold out.

The musical reportedly costs a whopping $1.5 million per week in operating expenses. So, the show has to sell hundreds of tickets every night to keep "Spider-Man" flying.
 

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