'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' exclusive: Bono and The Edge will be in NYC next week to attend all preview performances

Bono-Edge-Spiderman_320.jpg Image Credit: Insidefoto; Jill Bednar; Beth Wagner (All PR Photos)Audiences at next week’s previews of Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark might spot a few familiar faces in the theater — namely director Julie Taymor and U2 rock legends Bono and The Edge, who wrote the show’s score. “Julie and Bono and Edge…will be in the theater next week and for all of the preview performances leading up to the opening night working on the show,” production spokesman Rick Miramontez tells EW exclusively. The creative team is assembling to continue the fine-tuning process as the show heads toward its new official opening date of Feb. 7, 2011. Miramontez confirms that the show will undergo changes, though he declines to specify any particular tweaks. (Unconfirmed reports have identified the show’s music and second act as target areas.)

Miramontez also spoke out against the early critiques of the show that have surfaced in a few news outlets earlier this week. “I think it’s disrespectful, especially to Julie Taymor,” he says. “And that’s what makes all of us crazy.” Despite the Dec. 20 accident that sent stunt actor Christopher Tierney to the hospital and forced the cancellation of several performances, Miramontez says both cast and crew remain enthusiastic. “They’re very upbeat. I think they were extremely proud to have given the performance they did when they came back last Thursday. If anything, this has created a [sense of] solidarity.”

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  • Larry David

    The only thing that would save this show now is if Bono and The Edge not only attended each show till the end of it’s run, but actually performed as well. Oh, and if the show was free, as well.

    • Kenny Von Flinkington

      Larry David’s at it again!

  • LAJackie

    Any stunt to get bums on seats apparently.

    • Greg

      Why are they putting hobos in the theater?

    • Karl

      Either that or you might get to see a cast member get injured. Has anything gone right with this show?

  • Molly

    To be honest, I’m not too bothered by the injury factor or mistake factor. I just want to see the show.

    • michael

      save your money. i saw it this post wednesday. terrible. no script and bland music. great set, choreography and costumes. actors did well with nothing to work with, they deserve hazard pay.

  • Tucker

    This isn’t uncommon practice for many shows going through previews. It’s just amplified because of the seeming trainwreck of this production.

    I just have to wonder what they can tweak at this point to salvage the show. Aside from the accidents, I’ve heard mixed-to-negative reactions to the story, songs and performances. Personally, as much as I enjoy Taymor’s work, I’m not all that thrilled by the design concepts either. The show sounds like it’s in a lot more trouble than just the safety precautions for the acrobatics.

  • Ryan

    Disrespectful to Taymor? Let’s look at the disrespect show to her cast through inadequate safety precautions. Or the disrespect of having patrons pay FULL PRICE for seats to something that is no where near a finish product. I’m certainly glad I didn’t pay over $100 to watch someone get seriously injured. Get real.

  • empo

    I think what’s disrespectful is the way the cast, crew, and audience members’ lives get put in danger every night because of ill-conceived fly sequences that are a major safety hazard. Why it took the NY Dept of Labor and OSHA so long to get involved, I don’t know. I certainly hope Christopher Tierney, his fellow injured castmates, and their worried families are being well compensated for the injuries sustained from a team of people who seem to lack respect for their well-being and safety.

  • emt

    What broadway show has a freakin’ spokesman? What a trainwreck. They should just cast snooki and the situation in the lead roles and make it a complete circus.

    • moz4ever

      I would imagine every major play on Broadway has a spokesperson.

  • John B.

    What I really want to know is what in the heck did they spend 65 million dollars on? Yes, I know there’s a lot of stunts, mechanical contraptions and complicated engineering stuff in the show, but still…SIXTY-FIVE million dollars….? That’s a mid-level Hollywood film. I mean, the first X-Men film cost just a tad more. The show has no stars (ecept for Bono and U2) but are they really that expensive?

  • Lstat

    I still love Bono and Edge!

  • Maria

    Got tickets from Oct and am seeing the Jan 7th evening show. Huge U2 fan as I am, and many others who are at the show would love Bono and Edge to show themselves on stage!!! :)

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