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‘Spider-Man’ Hanging by a Thread: New Hire Hopes to Save Pricey Show

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Just days after "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" brought in playwright/comic book writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa to help straighten out the Broadway show's confusing plot, producers have made another last-minute hire to help improve the performance aspects of the critically ravaged musical. The new addition is musical supervisor and conductor Paul Bogaev. Think of him as sort of playing Winston Wolfe's role in "Pulp Fiction," but instead of cleaning up a bloody crime scene on a tight deadline, Bogaev will "help improve the performance, vocal and orchestration arrangements, and sound quality of the songs and numbers" all before the "Spider-Man" musical officially opens on March 15th.

According to the New York Times, Bogaev has experience working on rock musicals like Elton John's "Aida" and Phil Collins' "Tarzan," but he'll have his work cut out for him repairing the U2-penned musical with only three weeks until opening night. U2 are reportedly working on new songs for the show, which is a good thing considering critics weren't overly impressed by the majority of the music in "Spider-Man."

Despite all the controversy, preview performances of "Spider-Man" continue to be among the top-grossing shows on Broadway. The musical had its best seven-day run last week with an intake of $1.48 million at the box office. However, the musical carries a $1 million-a-week running fee plus inevitable hospital bills, so producers are still a long, long way from making this $65 million musical solvent. They'd need to average $1.5 million a week for the next 130 weeks just to break even, an almost impossible feat, even for Bono -- or Spider-Man.

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