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Spider-Man musical closes for 3 weeks

April 18, 2011 7:03:00 AM PDT
The curtain came down on Spider-Man on Broadway, at least temporarily.

Sunday's performance of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" was the last show until a new version of the troubled musical debuts on May 12.

The cast and crew got a standing ovation Sunday and great reviews from the audience.

"It was amazing. It totally took my words away. It was more than I was expecting. I heard a lot of bad reviews and then some amazing reviews, so I had to see it for myself. It was an experience definitely," audience member Dejuana Lewis said.

But it was the less than great reviews from critics and all the accidents and delays which finally sent Spider-man into a tailspin.

The show now goes into a manic three week hiatus where a new director will tweak and twist.

New songs will be added and the storyline massaged.

It is hoped all these changes will give Spider-man the depth and heart critics felt were lacking.

"The relationship between Peter Parker and Mary Jane is strengthened, which I think is crucial to the story," said the actor who plays Peter Parker, Reeve Carney.

"I love this version and respect it and will miss it but I'm excited to go in another directions, said the actress who plays Mary Jane, Jennifer Damiano.

So the next time the curtain opens, the geek chorus will be gone and other revisions will be in place.

The question on Broadway: will the facelift be enough to save Peter Parker?

"We all want it to be the best show that it can be. So whatever that means, at least we have an opportunity to still improve," said the actress who plays Arachne, T.V. Carpio.

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