The Spider-Man Chronicles II: A Guide to Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark's Final Year of Broadway Drama

By Robert Simonson
30 Dec 2013

NOVEMBER 2: Theatre for a New Audience opens its new Brooklyn theatre with a new production of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Julie Taymor. It is the first major New York production helmed by Taymor since she was dismissed from Spider-Man. Reviews are enthusiastic.

NOVEMBER 5: "Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History," playwright Glen Berger's tell-all memoir of his experiences working on the star-crossed production, hits the shelves. The book tells how "Berger was an eyewitness to great artistic hopes and battles as Taymor sought to bring her vision to the stage, along with celebrated rock stars Bono and the Edge." It is, said press materials, "the ultimate fly-on-the-wall account of how Broadway works, how big musicals are made, and how great artists continue to dream, even in the midst of a nightmare." Reviews of the book are mixed to positive.

NOVEMBER 18: It is announced that Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark will end its Broadway run Jan. 4, 2014. The show's next destination will be Las Vegas.

NOVEMBER 19: Spider-Man, the most expensive musical in Broadway history, capitalized at $75 million, will have historic losses of up to $60 million when it closes Jan. 4, 2014, it is reported. According to the New York Times, several investors said that they have not been paid back anything during the three-year run of Spider-Man and plan to write off their investments. Michael Cohl and the show's other lead producer, Jeremiah J. Harris, have been paid back portions of their multimillion-dollar priority loans. "I think the investors will eventually see something, but look, this is showbiz," Cohl told the Times. "I hope the show will be a huge hit in Vegas and Germany and on an arena tour, and then I expect them to see some money back. But it will be a long road and take a long time."



Click here to read "The Spider-Man Chronicles Part I," which recounts the first year of the musical's on and off-stage drama. 

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T.V. Carpio, Reeve Carney, Jennifer Damiano, Patrick Page, Michael Mulheren and cast
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