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U2 spin new tunes for 'Spider-Man'

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

Published 11/03/2011 | 05:00

U2 members Bono and the Edge are to inject new songs into troubled Broadway musical 'Spider-Man' after the show's opening night was pushed back yet again.

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Despite the latest postponement -- the opening night has been pushed back from next Tuesday to an unspecified date in early summer -- the stars said they had "absolute faith" in the project.

They made the announcement after it was revealed that the production's director, Julie Taymor, will be leaving day-to-day duties on the $65m (€47m) musical extravaganza.

The Broadway show has been beset by problems and last week the 'New York Times' reported that the production company behind 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' has been slapped with three violations of workplace safety standards by federal regulators.

Now a new creative team are to make what producers call "significant and exciting revisions to the production".

A spokesman said the additional time involved made it impossible for Taymor, the director and co-writer of the book on which the musical is based, to continue with her day-to-day duties. She will, however, remain as part of the production's creative team.

In a statement, Bono and the Edge said: "This is an epic ride, and the standing ovations we have seen from the preview audiences have confirmed our absolute faith in the project," they said in a statement.

"We are learning and, as a result, we have a couple of new songs we are very very excited about putting into the mix."

Although it will not be known until the revamped production is staged whether U2 have dumped existing songs to make way for new material, the changes on 'Spider-Man' come after a series of vicious reviews by US critics which broke a time-honoured agreement between producers and journalists not to review productions still in preview.

However, box office sales have been good for the stunt-heavy show which began previews on November, 2010.

Irish Independent

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