The world’s most expensive musical, Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, starts previews tonight, Sunday 29 November, on Broadway.

Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark

Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, which starts previews on Broadway tonight

The major new show directed by The Lion King’s Julie Taymor and featuring music and lyrics by U2’s Bono and The Edge, starts previews tonight, Sunday 28 November 2010, at the Foxwoods Theatre on Broadway.

A new TV commercial for Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark has been released to publicise the show, which formally opens at the venue on 11 January 2011, after technical delays prevented it opening before Christmas as previously scheduled.

The show features direction by Taymor (The Tempest, Across The Universe, The Lion King), music and lyrics by 22-time Grammy® Award-winners Bono and The Edge, and a book co-written by Taymor and Glen Berger (Underneath The Lintel).

Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark is widely seen as the most ambitious production ever undertaken on Broadway, and stars Reeve Carney as the Marvel comic book hero Peter Parker who is bitten by a spider and finds he has super powers.

The $50 million show has suffered a number of financial and funding problems, with delays causing original cast members Evan Rachel Wood and Alan Cumming to drop out of the production. The star of the show, Reeve Carney, is a member of rock band CARNEY, alongside his brother Zane. His acting credits include Ferdinand in Taymor’s forthcoming movie The Tempest, alongside Helen Mirren as a female Prospero, Ben Whishaw as Ariel and Djimon Hounsou as Caliban.

Watch a video of the new TV commercial for Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark

Book tickets to Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark at the Foxwoods Theatre in New York