Producer Michael Cohl Reveals Spider-Man Tour, "Rio" Stage Musical and Comments on Canceled Superstar Tour

News   Producer Michael Cohl Reveals Spider-Man Tour, "Rio" Stage Musical and Comments on Canceled Superstar Tour
In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark producer Michael Cohl stated that he plans to tour the $75 million Broadway musical to arenas across the U.S. The producer also spoke about the recently canceled arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar and a new stage project in the works.

Spider-Man, which ended its Broadway run Jan. 4, was previously announced for a Las Vegas sit-down engagement following its three-year New York run. Cohl states that Las Vegas is no longer the goal, and Spider-Man will embark on an arena tour in late 2015 or winter 2016. "I think Spider-Man is a pop culture rock show that was meant to be in arenas," Cohl said.

Cohl also addressed the arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, which was abruptly canceled last spring just days before performances were to begin. He characterized the project as a "disaster" and said "ticket sales were terrible." At the time, representatives for the production declined to elaborate on reasons for the last-minute cancellation. The production was to be based on a U.K. tour of the musical that was presented last year. Cast members, who had been rehearsing portions of the tour were caught off guard by the cancellation, which was announced May 30. The tour was slated to commence June 9. 

One of the new projects on Cohl's plate is a live stage adaptation of the 3-D animated film "Rio" for Broadway, according to the Wall Street Journal. Cohl stated that he planned for the live theatrical version of "Rio" to premiere in Rio de Janeiro leading up to the Summer Olympics, which will be held there in 2016. Following the Brazilian premiere, "Rio" will then make the journey to Broadway. Cohl characterized the project as Fox's version of The Lion King. A family-friendly theatrical version of "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked" is also in the works.

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