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The musical may also take a hit if the principal cast _ Reeve Carney as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Jennifer Damiano as Mary Jane Watson, T.V. Carpio as a spider-woman named Arachne and Patrick Page as the Green Goblin _ leave when their contracts are up in the fall, though Goodman says the “Spider-Man” show is less dependent on its actors.

“I don’t think that show is about the cast,” she said. “There are many, wonderful, talented people who can fly and sing at the same time. I don’t think it’s about the cast at all. It’s about whether there’s enough positive buzz for it to generate people wanting to see those guys flying around and hear Bono’s music.”

If the show closes in a year or two, it would be another black-eye for the producers and creative team, especially first-time musical writers Bono and The Edge, who helped ease out Taymor only to potentially fail at a second bite of the apple. The reputation of Taymor, whose version never actually made it on stage for an official opening, has already taken a hard hit.

Davenport, who has produced everything from “Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating and Marriage” to the Broadway production of “Oleanna” starring Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles, suspects producers of “Spider-Man” always had a Plan B up their sleeves.

“I do think that they’ve always had other options in mind,” he said. “I look forward to seeing how they roll out this mega-brand that they’ve spent so much money building. The Spider-Man story could be just beginning.”




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