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He returned to the role Thursday and remarkably showed no signs of his injury.

“It was a 2 1/2-hour roller coaster ride,” an exuberant Mr. Tierney said outside after the show. “I’m stronger coming back than I was before,” he said. “Only a little soreness here and there.”

He also spoke of a huge rush of emotion among cast members - who indeed could be heard chanting with joy after the curtain calls.

Asked if the show was safe now for the actors, he laughed.

“We are the safest show on Broadway, I’ll tell you that much,” Mr. Tierney said. “I actually think it’s a little too much now.”

The rest of the cast was equally exultant.

“It feels great,” said Reeve Carney, who plays Peter Parker/Spider-Man. “This cast is so amazing and we’re all feeding off of each other. It keeps us going.”

Mr. Carney said he especially enjoyed getting to tell jokes. And he confessed he didn’t exactly mind when an audience member expressed her admiration. (“He’s not THAT cute,” a character said of Peter Parker. “Yes, he is!” the woman in the audience yelled out.)

Mr. Page, a veteran actor, called the performance “one of the greatest nights I’ve ever had in the theater.”

Mr. Page, who has a new number by Bono and The Edge, said his favorite change to the show was the new focus on relationships, and “being able to tell the story straight through, without stops. That seems to engage the audience more.”

Many theatergoers seemed happy with the results of the retooling.

“I understand there were some continuity problems before,” Scot Robinson, visiting from Edmonton, Canada, said during intermission. “But I really like it. The scale is wildly ambitious.”

“Wow,” said Jennelle Gilreath, 24, visiting New York from Chattanooga, Tenn. “If you want to be entertained for 2 1/2 hours, this is the show to go to!”

She said she loved both the aerial choreography and the onstage dancing, but allowed that the dialogue was “kind of cheesy.”

c AP Drama Writer Mark Kennedy contributed to this report.