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SPIDER-MAN Swings Off Broadway, Part One: The Beginning - Inception, Rumors & Rehearsals

As BroadwayWorld previously reported,Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, the Broadway spectacular that defied odds and expectations to conquer New York, will play its final performance at the Foxwoods Theatre on January 4, 2014. Since it began preview performances on November 28, 2010, and even before they bagan, the show's high and lows were in the news, making it one of the most talked about shows in Broadway history.To tribute Spidey's three years on Broadway, BroadwayWorld will comemmorate it's run with a series of flashbacks to help you relive all of the excitement that iias and was Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.

Today's edition of 'SPIDER-MAN Swings Off Broadway' focuses on the show's beginnings, recalling Spidey's journey from inception in April 2007, until previews began at the Foxwoods Theater on November 28, 2010. For over three years, rumors circulated about the comic book hero's trip to Broadway, and after a major cast shuffle and a few initial production delays, the first version of the musical at last performed for Broadway audiences.

April 26, 2007: First Plans Announced

Rumors begin to circulate that a new musical based on Spider-Man will soon weave a web over Broadway audiences. A casting notice reveals that the musical, soon to be presented in an Equity 29-hour rehearsed reading, will be directed by Tony Award-winner Julie Taymor, with music and lyrics byU2's Bono and The Edge and a book by Taymor and Glen Berger.

April 20, 2007: Marvel Confirms

Marvel Studios confirms that plans are underway to create the musical, produced by HELLO Entertainment/David Garfinkle, Martin McCallum, Marvel Entertainment, and Sony Pictures Entertainment.

September 23, 2008: Show Planned for 2009

Marvel Studios Chairman David Maisel tells an audience at the Thomas Weisel Consumer Conference in New York that the Spider-Man musical might at last hit Broadway in 2009. The show has been in the works for three and a half years, with casting calls throughout the summer heating up talk about the show.

February 19, 2009: Plans Delayed

Bloomberg News reports that production delays have forced the musical to push back plans for a workshop until late summer and begin rehearsals in the late fall for a Broadway opening at the Hilton Theater likely in early 2010.

February 22, 2009: Evan Rachel Wood Announcences Attachment

After months of speculation, Evan Rachel Wood confirms on the Oscars red carpet that she has been cast as "Mary Jane" in the Broadway-bound musical.

June 26, 2009: Alan Cumming Officially Joins Cast

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