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'Spider-Man' Finally Opens Without a Hitch

By Della Hasselle | June 15, 2011 7:14am | Updated on June 15, 2011 7:13am

By Della Hasselle

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MANHATTAN — After a record-breaking run of 183 preview performances, "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" finally opened on Broadway Tuesday night.

And it came off without a hitch. The show has struggled for months with expensive technical glitches and injuries to actors.

Ousted director Julie Taymor was there and even came onstage for a curtain call, despite being booted from the show's creative team by producers in March, according to the New York Times.

She was forced out after the show received horrible reviews during early previews.  In April, the show shut down for three weeks to retool.

She was all smiles with other members of the creative team behind "Spider-Man," including Bono and The Edge from U2, who composed music and lyrics for the show.

A slew of celebrities packed ther Foxwoods Theatre on West 42nd Street Tuesday night, including former President Bill Clinton, Matt Damon,  Andrew Lloyd Webber and Spike Lee.

The show even started 50 minutes late because of tardy celebrity arrivals, the Times reported. But the street outside was packed with onlookers hoping to catch a glimpse.

The $70 million show ran smoothly after months of technical mishaps, the Times reported.

During a curtain call, Taymor received "wild applause" from the audience and several compliments from Bono, according to the paper.

A slew of celebrities attended the show Tuesday night.
A slew of celebrities attended the show Tuesday night.
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