The good news is, there are more flying scenes.
The bad news is, the production that added more flying scenes is Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.
Did the crew learn nothing since last time?! Anway, you wouldn't believe what was spotted outside the Foxwoods Theatre in NYC tonight...
The critically panned Broadway show enjoyed its first (and seemingly first accident-free) preview performance Thursday since the show was suspended three weeks ago so that a new-look creative team could retool the script, music and overall concept of the inspired yet mishap-plagued production.
Original director Julie Taymor, who was also the driving creative force behind the now $70 million spectacle, has been replaced by Philip William McKinley, whose only Broadway directing credit to date had been The Boy From Oz.
Bono and The Edge also hunkered down and edited some of the existing songs and added a few new ones, and the book was reworked to return the Peter Parket-Mary Jane love story to center stage, so to speak, and more closely abide by the original comic book.
Among the changes noted by the New York Times: The Green Goblin made it into Act II instead of being killed off in the first half, five flying sequences have been added, and the roles of Mary Jane, Aunt May and Uncle Ben have been expanded.
"What was great about Turn Off the Dark 1.0 was unusual and rare: magic, a pop-up Pop-Art opera with a bit of rock 'n' roll circus thrown in," Bono wrote in an email to the Times. "What was not right about it was a catalog of commonplace problems—story knots, bad sound and finally a failure to cohere, meaning that the whole was not greater than the sum of the parts, as wonderful as some of those parts were."
Minus the actors who dropped out after getting hurt, the cast remained largely intact. Even Christopher Tierney, one of Spidey's stunt doubles who suffered a fractured skull, a fractured shoulder blade, four broken ribs and three broken vertebrae when he plunged 20 feet into a stage-adjacent pit, was primed to fly high again tonight.
Alas, the Foxwoods Theatre wasn't exactly filled to capacity Thursday, with many seats remaining empty, according to New York media reports, and ticket brokers offering 40 percent discounts on orchestra and balcony seats. Perhaps if the reviews are better this time around or at least the Tonys take notice, the "sold out" sign will flash once again.
And despite all these preview performances, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark hasn't even technically opened yet. The curtain officially rises on June 14.
At least that's the date that's on the calendar right now.