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Spider-Man musical delayed again

Opening night for the Spider-Man musical, part written by U2's Bono and The Edge, has been delayed for the fourth time.

Producers of the Broadway musical pushed the official opening from January 11 to February 7, because a key actor has missed several previews due to injury and after producers decided that the creative team needs to work out more kinks before allowing critics to weigh in.

It's the fourth major delay for Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark this year.

"Due to some unforeseeable setbacks, most notably the injury of a principal cast member, it has become clear that we need to give the team more time to fully execute their vision," lead producer Michael Cohl said.

During the first preview on November 28 the musical had to be halted five times because of technical glitches and actress Natalie Mendoza - who plays Spider-Man's evil love interest Arachne - was hit in the head by a rope and suffered a concussion.

The 65 million dollar musical is the brainchild of Tony-winning director and co-writer Julie Taymor and Bono and The Edge, who wrote the music.

The songwriters, currently on tour with U2 in Australia, are due to return in January to help get the show ready. "When Bono and Edge are back from the tour, they will absolutely be at the theatre, participating in the process," a show spokesperson said.

More than eight years in the making, delays and money woes have plagued the show's launch.

In addition, three on-stage accidents have injured actors, including one who broke both his wrists while practicing an aerial stunt.

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