Spider-man Swings Out of New York City

Spider-Man Broadway MusicalThe saga of comic book hero Spider-man on Broadway has come to an end, with Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark finishing its run at the Foxwoods Theatre today.  The musical concludes having played 1,058 regular performances, plus a record-breaking 182 preview performances.

Initially helmed by The Lion King‘s visionary director Julie Taymor, Spider-man suffered from technical and creative problems and an exploding budget during its development phase and preview period.  Eventually a new director and bookwriter came in to get the production under control, and, once it opened, the show enjoyed brisk sales.  After roughly three years, Spider-man closes as the 16th highest-grossing Broadway show in history.

However, Spider-man‘s multi-million dollar costs were so high that it likely would have needed to run at a profit for several years more in order to earn back its investment.  While the musical was no longer able to make money on Broadway, the show’s producers intend to try their luck with it next in Las Vegas.

 

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Pawdesh Salawi

Pawdesh Salawi

Broadway Theatre Writer at New York Show Tickets Inc.
Pawdesh has been writing about Broadway ever since seeing her first show on the great white way in 2001. Now she sees over one hundred Broadway (and off-Broadway) shows a year. She is also a member of the Drama Desk and would love to vote on the Tony's one day. The Office Voted Her Most Likely To: Marry rich and divorce young
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