What's a Green Goblin to do when he can't steer himself around a stage? Dangle. For several minutes.
A preview performance of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" came to a halt Wednesday night during one of the Broadway musical's aerial stunts, a fight between Spider-Man and Green Goblin.
After soaring over the audience, Green Goblin's flight came to a stop when his steering mechanism failed. While the Goblin dangled over the stage and Spider-Man stood on a balcony ledge waiting to fly, the actors mugged for the laughing crowd.
A stage manager finally told the audience that the stunt would have to be canceled for safety reasons and Spidey and GG were returned to earth.
"I think they handled it well," said Avi Schwartz, 23, of Brooklyn, who was seeing the show with his wife Ariella, 19. "It didn't bother me whatsoever _ the show is great."
"It's kind of easy for things to go wrong when people are flying over the audience," Ariella Schwartz said.
And much has gone wrong with the troubled $65 million show, including four separate incidents late last year that resulted in injuries to the cast and six postponements of its opening. The show also got panned by many theater critics who grew tired of the delays and reviewed the show during previews.
Earlier Wednesday, producers announced that the show, which was to officially open March 15, would be delayed until this summer. Director Julie Taymor, who also co-wrote the stunt-laden musical, will no longer helm the production but will remain on the new creative team that producers brought in to shape up the show.