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Spider-Man musical to open in December

Spider-Man
Image caption The musical has been six years in the making

The long-awaited Spider-Man musical is to open on Broadway in December, its producers have said.

The show, which features music and lyrics by U2's Bono and The Edge, has been in the making for several years.

It had been due to open in February, but production stopped last summer because of financial difficulties.

Producer Michael Cohl said the show would begin preview performances on 14 November, with opening night set for 21 December at the Foxwood Theatre.

Inspired by the Marvel Comics hero, Spider-Man Turn off the Dark spins a new take on the story of teenage science geek Peter Parker, who is bitten by a genetically-altered spider and wakes up with superhero powers.

The production has also been hit with casting issues with the title character - played by relatively-unknown singer and actor Reeve Carney - only taken on earlier this year.

Scottish actor Alan Cumming pulled out of his role as The Green Gobline in April due to a "scheduling conflict" and has been replaced by The Lion King actor Patrick Page.

While fellow Broadway actress Jennifer Damiano has replaced The Wrestler star Evan Rachel Wood to play Mary Jane Watson.

The musical is reportedly the most expensive Broadway production to date, with a budget of almost $50m (£31.7m), thanks to its sprawling skyscraper sets.

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