‘Spider-Man’ musical hanging by a thin web?


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Variety’s Gordon Cox reports that your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is getting tangled up in a financing web as he makes his way to Broadway...

Rumors have spread among legiters that the production sked for incoming mega-musical ‘Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark’ may be threatened. The extensive work being done to prep for the technically demanding show, both in the shop constructing the physical production and in the theater where ‘Spider-Man’ is due to bow, is said to have stopped this week. The halt is attributed to cash flow obstacles that producers -- including David Garfinkle, Martin McCallum, Marvel Entertainment and Sony Pictures Entertainment -- are working to resolve, according to some in the industry affiliated with the show. One explanation suggests the delay stems not from problems in raising the massive funds required for the tuner -- said to be capitalized at north of $35 million -- but from issues in mobilizing those great big chunks of coin. A rep for the show would say only that the production remains on track to begin previews at the Hilton Theater Feb. 25, with an opening to follow some time in March...


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