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OTRC: 'Spider-Man' on Broadway opens with web of problems

Reeve Carney and the Ensemble rehearsing for the new 'Spider-Man' musical in 2010. (Jacob Cohl / facebook.com/TurnOffTheDark)

The new "Spider-Man" Broadway musical opened on Sunday with a web of technical problems, including a harness malfunction that left lead actor Reeve Carney stuck dangling in the air.

The $65 million production, called "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark", features a score by Bono and The Edge of the rock group U2. Carney, 27, is the lead singer of the California-based band Carney.

No injuries were reported amid the mishaps in the musical's first showing, which began late and was halted several times to fix technical problems. The first act ended early with Carney, clad in his superhero costume, dangling 10 feet above audience members as crew members tried to grab him by the foot, The New York Times said. Other flying sequences went smoothly, it added.

"I don't know how everyone else feels, but I feel like a guinea pig today - I feel like it's a dress rehearsal," the newspaper quoted an unnamed woman in the audience as saying.

The mishaps were not mentioned in the musical's official blog, which described the slew of fans who waited to get a ticket outside the theater and described how Carney spent more than an hour signing autographs after the show.

The popular Marvel comic book franchise has spurred a film trilogy starring Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and James Franco as well as a new movie that features Andrew Garfield of the film "The Social Network".

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