"Turn Off the Dark": Multimillion Dollar Musical Spider-Man Flies Out of Broadway's Foxwoods Jan. 4
By Michael Gioia
Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark, the high-flying, multimillion dollar musical adapted from the Marvel comic book series, ends its Broadway run Jan. 4 at the Foxwoods Theatre. Following Broadway, the musical plans to take flight in Las Vegas.
"Our years on Broadway have afforded us the opportunity to build an internationally recognized brand, and Las Vegas, with its year-round stream of tourists seeking the world's best entertainment, is the natural home for this next incarnation," said lead producers Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris in an earlier statement. "To prepare for the Las Vegas production, we have tasked the creative team to push the boundaries even further, taking the same story and making it sleeker, bolder, and more spectacular than ever."
Spider-Man is currently the 16th highest-grossing Broadway production of all time, having taken in more than $200 million at the box office. The show has been seen by approximately two million theatregoers and will have played 1,268 performances by the time it takes its final bow.
The fastest show in Broadway history to reach one million audience members, Spider-Man broke the record for the highest single-week gross of any show in Broadway history for the week ending Jan. 1, 2012; broke the Broadway single-week attendance record that same week, playing to 17,375 audience members (100.02 percent capacity of The Foxwoods Theatre); set the weekly box-office record of $2,941,790.20; and surpassed the annual box-office record of the Foxwoods Theatre by approximately $35 million.
As previously reported, the production will have historic losses of up to $60 million when it closes.
The musical began previews Nov. 28, 2010, and officially opened June 14, 2011. The production was known for having the longest preview period of all time. Capitalized at $75 million, Spider-Man is the most expensive musical in Broadway history.
The production 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.
Members of 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.
Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark currently stars Robert Cuccioli (Jekyll & Hyde) as Norman Osborn/Green Goblin, Justin Matthew Sargent as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Rebecca Faulkenberry as Mary Jane Watson and Jason Gotay as Peter Parker/Spider-Man Alternate.
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