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Spider-Man clinging to Broadway

2010-12-30 07:18:12 GMT2010-12-30 15:18:12 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Broadway's Spider-Man is getting lots of attention, but not rave reviews. Rather, it's getting harsh critism for a sky-high budget and high-risk performance.

Micheal Riedel of the New York Post:

MICHAEL RIEDEL, 'THE NEW YORK POST' BROADWAY COLUMNIST, (ENGLISH) SAYING:

"I would say that this is the epic disaster on Broadway of all time. There have been flops before, expensive flops, flops that have been fraught with backstage problems, but nothing has been at this level of danger certainly, this level of chaos and this level of expense and indeed this level of media attention. I think the world press has focused on Spider-Man because the show is on the brink of absolute catastrophe every night."

The show recently agreed to adopt complicated safety measures after the lead stunt double for Spider-Man plunged about 30 feet and broke his ribs.

It was the fourth major injury. Earlier this week, one of the lead actresses quit the production. She suffered a concussion during a backstage accident.

SOUNDBITE: MICHAEL RIEDEL, 'THE NEW YORK POST' BROADWAY COLUMNIST, (ENGLISH) SAYING:

"Well in my opinion probably the show should be shut down. I think after four serious injuries it's ridiculous to try to perform the show again. If there is one more injury, I guarantee you that is the end of the show."

But producers are unlikely to pull the plug after investing $65 million in what's now the most expensive show in Broadway history.

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