Finally, after months of delays,
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark got off to an inauspicious start when its first preview performance just after Thanksgiving ran three-and-a-half-hours long, stopped frequently for technical glitches that left actors dangling over the audience, and brought incomplete set pieces on stage. At one point,
Spider-Man was supposed to rescue Mary Jane from atop the Chrysler Building, but part of the building was missing, and Mary Jane was nowhere to be seen. Then, when Spider-Man swooped onto the stage with Mary Jane in his arms, the dramatic exit was undercut by a wire malfunction that left him swinging above the audience, with three stagehands trying to grab his feet and pull him down.