Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark Sells $1 Million in Tickets Following First Preview

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30 Nov 2010

<i>Spider-Man</i> stars Reeve Carney and Jennifer Damiano
Spider-Man stars Reeve Carney and Jennifer Damiano
Photo by Krissie Fullerton

Michael Cohl, lead producer of the new Julie Taymor musical Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, announced Nov. 30 that the production sold more than $1 million worth of tickets within 24 hours of the first preview performance on Nov. 28 at Broadway's Foxwoods Theatre.

"We’re thrilled to finally be performing this terrific show for audiences, and we’re excited that the audiences are coming in droves," stated Cohl.

As previously reported, the first preview had a running time of three-and-a-half hours. Part of that time was spent addressing technical problems: The New York Post said that the production was stopped five times during the performance because of such glitches. In fact, the dramatic first-act finale hit a snafu when Spider-Man (Reeve Carney) was left dangling atop the audience. Several stagehands, according to the Post, tried to grab Carney's feet to lower him. Later in the evening, Patrick Page, as the Green Goblin, also had to improvise on the piano as workers were fixing faulty equipment.

On a more positive note, the New York State Department of Labor's safety inspectors approved all 27 flying sequences in the new musical on Nov. 26, according to the New York Times.

The $65 million production will officially open Jan. 11, 2011. According to a Nov. 28 "60 Minutes" report, the production will have a weekly running cost of $1 million, the highest in Broadway history.



The musical, inspired by the Marvel comic-book character that first emerged in the 1960s, had originally been announced to arrive during the 2009 season, but was postponed due to financing. Recent trouble included the injury of two actors during demonstrations of the show's flying techniques: One actor broke both his wrists, while the other broke both his feet.

Directed by Taymor, the cast is headed by Reeve Carney as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Next to Normal Tony nominee Jennifer Damiano as Mary Jane Watson and Broadway veteran Patrick Page as Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin.

They are joined by Natalie Mendoza, Michael Mulheren, Ken Marks, Isabel Keating, Jeb Brown, T.V. Carpio, Mat Devine, Gideon Glick, Jonathan Schwartz, Matthew James Thomas, Laura Beth Wells, Matt Caplan, Dwayne Clark, Luther Creek, Gerald Avery, Collin Baja, Marcus Bellamy, Emmanuel Brown, Erin Elliott, Dana Marie Ingraham, Ayo Janeen Jackson, Heather Lang, Ari Loeb, Natalie Lomonte, Kevin Loomis, Kristin Martin, Jodi McFadden, Kristen Oei, America Olivo, Jennifer Perry, Kyle Post, Brandon Rubendall, Sean Samuels, Dollar Tan and Christopher Tierney.

Reeve Carney is the front man for the LA-based rock band Carney. Zane Carney (guitar), Jon Epcar (drums) and Aiden Moore (bass), who are also featured in that band, are part of the Spider-Man orchestra.

Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark features a book by Taymor and Glen Berger, and new music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge.

"Drawing from more than 40 years of Marvel comic books for inspiration," Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, according to press notes, "spins a new take on the mythic tale of Peter Parker, a teenager whose unremarkable life in Queens is turned upside-down — literally — when he's bitten by a genetically-altered spider and wakes up the next morning clinging to the ceiling. Bullied by his classmates and tortured by an unrelenting crush on next-door-neighbor Mary Jane Watson, this science geek discovers he has suddenly been endowed with astonishing powers. He soon learns, however, that with great power comes great responsibility. Maligned by the media, buffeted by financial woes, and stretched thin by the expectations of the world-at-large, Peter now must struggle to navigate the perilous and peculiar demands of being a web-slinging superhero."

The creative team comprises Daniel Ezralow (choreography), George Tsypin (scenic design), Academy Award winner Eiko Ishioka (costume design), Tony Award winner Donald Holder (lighting design), Jonathan Deans (sound design), Kyle Cooper (projection design), Julie Taymor (mask design), Campbell Young Associates (hair design), Judy Chin (makeup design), Scott Rogers (aerial design), Jaque Paquin (aerial rigging design), David Campbell (orchestrations & arrangements), Teese Gohl (musical supervision) and Kimberly Grigsby (music director).

Song titles include "Splash Page," "Behold and Wonder," "Bullying by Numbers," "No More," "D.I.Y. World," "Bouncing Off the Walls," "Rise Above," "Pull the Trigger," "Picture This," "I'll Take Manhattan," "Spider-Man Rising," "Turn Off the Dark," "Walk Away," "Think Again," "Sinistereo," "Deeply Furious," "If the World Should End," "The Boy Falls From the Sky" and "Love Me or Kill Me."

Producers are Michael Cohl & Jeremiah J. Harris, Land Line Productions, Hello Entertainment/David Garfinkle/Tony Adams, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Norton Herrick and Herrick Entertainment, Billy Rovzar & Fernando Rovzar Jeffrey B. Hecktman, Omneity Entertainment/Richard G. Weinberg, James L. Nederlander, Terry Allen Kramer, S2BN Entertainment, Jam Theatricals, The Mayerson/Gould/Hauser/Tysoe Group, Patricia Lambrecht, and Paul McGuinness by arrangement with Marvel Entertainment.

Tickets are priced $67.50-$135 for weekday performances and $67.50-$140 for weekend performances.

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