PHOTO RECAP: Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark Opens on Broadway; Arrivals, Curtain Call and Departures

By Matthew Blank
27 Dec 2013

The multimillion dollar musical Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark — the most expensive musical in Broadway history, capitalized at $75 million — will end its run Jan. 4. As the final curtain approaches, we look back at opening night.

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T.V. Carpio, Reeve Carney, Jennifer Damiano, Patrick Page, Michael Mulheren and cast
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

As previously reported, following Spider-Man's Broadway close, the musical is planned to fly into Las Vegas.

Previous reports indicate that producers of King Kong are eyeing the Foxwoods Theatre as a possible Broadway home for the large-scale production.

Spider-Man began previews Nov. 28, 2010, and officially opened June 14, 2011. The production was known for having the longest preview period of all time. The musical features a book by Julie Taymor, Glen Berger and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge.

Before the production's opening, original director Taymor was let go, and playwright and comic book writer Aguirre-Sacasa was enlisted by the musical's creative team to make revisions to the book alongside Berger. Taymor then filed a lawsuit against the producers of the musical, claiming they violated her creative rights and did not compensate her for her work on the musical. The lawsuit was settled out of court in April 2013.

Read the article documenting the legal issues of Spider-Man.

The production suffered numerous injuries during its preview period and following the opening, including cast members Christopher Tierney and, more recently, Daniel Curry. Following his injury, Curry filed court papers to ensure that the lift, which played a part in his accident, was not altered until it was examined.