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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Terrible News: Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark to Close in January

Filed under: Performing Arts — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 00:23


The high-flying spectacular Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark is closing. The $75 million production, which began previews at the Foxwoods Theater over three years ago, will perform its last show in January. An exact date is yet to be set. Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark is a fantastic and fun musical featuring music and lyrics by U2’s Bono and The Edge. Unfortunately, the show was plagued by technical mishaps and some truly horrific accidents involving its actors and stuntmen. The show rebounded and was a major hit for most of its run, earning at its peak a record-breaking $3 million weekly take! Unfortunately, its woes caught up; and when actor Daniel Curry had his leg penned under an elevation platform (at a performance I was present at) back in August, the show’s grosses took a major tumble. The show was averaging a weekly take of $750,000-$850,000 over the past several months. And with an operating cost of $1 million per week, it was only a matter of time before the news of the closing would be forthcoming. Curry has had multiple surgeries and unfortunately underwent amputations to his injured foot. But rather than being remembered for the bad news, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark should be remembered for its incredible accomplishments and contributions to musical theater. The show broke ground in set and costume design; and Julie Taymor’s original direction continued to shine through multiple aspects of the show. And the special effects, that proved to be quite breathtaking, were unlike anything ever seen on the stage. The score in the show is truly fantastic and is one to be cherished by just about any rock music fan. Producers have announced that the show will move to Las Vegas, where it will mount its next staging. Details of that show will be forthcoming.

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