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Bono jets to New York in bid to save Spider-Man

U2 frontman Bono is on his way to New York to perform a drastic revamp on the troubled Spider-Man musical, which has already cost $70m (e49).

The lights have gone out on Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark for the next three weeks, while rehearsals begin for a new version of the show.

The $70m production is the most expensive ever staged on Broadway, and despite a record 140 previews, it has never officially opened.

U2 guitarist The Edge was at the Foxwoods Theatre off Times Square on Sunday night to watch the final performance of the original version of the musical which he co-wrote with Bono.

The U2 singer is due to join him in New York later this week to work on new songs for the reworked musical.

The original vision created by director Julie Taymor, who has been replaced, suffered a series of setbacks -- including actor injuries, technical problems and creative conflicts.

New director Phillip William McKinley is now putting more focus on the love story between Peter Parker and Mary Jane, and the battle with the villain Green Goblin.

The character of villainous spider-woman Arachne, which had a central role in Taymor's production, is to be scaled back significantly, and a Greek chorus of four singers who narrated the show is to be dropped altogether.

Bono and the Edge are known to be working on at least two new songs for the show, and Reeve Carney, who plays Spider-Man and his alter ego Peter Parker said he believes one of them has the potential to be an international hit.

"All I'll say is that one of the new songs is one of my favourites and I'm really excited about it," he said.

Critics mauled the original production as the biggest flop ever seen on Broadway. Despite this, the show was seen by more than 285,000 people and raked in $25m (e17.5m).

The official opening is now scheduled for June 14.