"Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" is delaying its opening a third time, moving the official debut of the Broadway musical from Jan. 11 to sometime in February so the creative team can work on the ending and other facets of the musical, a production source said Thursday.
The show, the most expensive in Broadway history, was initially scheduled to start previews last February but, beset by financial problems, put them off until the fall. Last month, it delayed previews again, to Nov. 28, and bumped the Dec. 21 opening to Jan. 11 to allow for more rehearsal time.
The most recent delay will mean an unusually long preview period of at least nine weeks; musical previews typically last between four and six. The show declined to comment on the delay or whether any performances would be canceled to make time for additional rehearsals.
The more than $60 million production, which features technically complex stage flying, is directed and co-authored by Julie Taymor ("The Lion King") with a score by U2's Bono and the Edge. The show recently received more scrutiny when a lead actress, Natalie Mendoza, became the third performer to suffer an injury when she sustained a concussion in an offstage accident. Ms. Mendoza missed two weeks and returned to the show Wednesday.