U2 rockers Bono and The Edge held a pep talk with castmembers of their troubled Spider-Man musical on Wednesday (09Mar11) to reassure them of their faith in the show following the departure of director Julie Taymor.
Producers of the troubled Broadway production confirmed Taymor's exit on Wednesday and revealed they will be delaying the official opening by another three months to make "significant" revisions.
The musical, which features a score by Bono and The Edge, has been in previews since November (11) but the opening has been pushed back numerous times due to a variety of problems including a string of serious onstage accidents and safety reviews.
Rumours are now rife that a number of castmembers may quit the production as the delays unfold.
It has now been revealed that Bono and The Edge attended a pre-performance meeting with the cast and crew on Wednesday and gave them a pep talk amid the latest setbacks.
Patrick Page, who plays the villainous Green Goblin in the show, says of the meeting, "Bono is a very inspirational figure - to people all over the world. So is The Edge. They very much believe in the show. They just don't want to finish until they are completely satisfied with the product - just like with an album. They don't want to freeze the show until it's something they'd want to see again and again."
Page reveals the cast then dedicated Wednesday night's performance to Taymor and toasted her afterwards with bottles of champagne, telling the Associated Press "We sent out some love to her. It was a bittersweet moment... We all had drinks together (after the show) and had a good time. We were obviously sad that we wouldn't be seeing Julie on a daily basis. But we were also very glad to see that we'd be continuing."