‘Spider-Man’ to Close in January
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark will shoot its last web on Broadway on January 4, 2014. The $75 million comic-book musical will end its run at the Foxwoods Theater after attempting to rake in higher box-office returns during the holiday season. “Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark will be ending its historic Broadway run in January 2014,” spokesperson Rick Miramontez said in a statement. “We are excited to report that the next destination for Spider-Man will be the entertainment capital of the world: Las Vegas. Further details will be announced in the weeks to come.
The mammoth production has grossed a total of $203 million as Nov. 17 , but high production costs have kept it from turning much of a profit in recent weeks. For the week ending Nov. 17, the wall-crawler pulled in $742,595 against a potential box office of $1,543,508. Earlier in its run, the show was earning over $1 million per seven days, but the weekly costs were $1.2 million.
Ever since Spider-Man, which features a score by rock stars Bono and The Edge of U2, began performances on Nov. 28, 2010, it was plagued by controversy. Several performers were injured. During the prolonged preview period, impatient theater critics reviewed the show in February, universally condemning it. Original director Julie Taymor was fired to be replaced by Philip William McKinley. Comic-book writer and playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa was brought in to rewrite the book by Taymor and Glen Berger. The preview period stretched to 182 performances—a Broadway record—before the show officially opened on June 14, 2011 when it was reviewed again and received mixed notices. “This singing comic book is no longer the ungodly, indecipherable mess it was in February. It’s just a bore,” said Ben Brantley of The New York Times. Taymor later sued the producers for copyright infringement and a settlement was reached out of court.
The show currently stars Justin Matthew Sargent as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Robert Cucciloli as the Green Goblin, and Rebecca Faulkenberry as Mary Jane Watson, Peter’s love interest. Recent reports have speculated that the Australian stage version of King Kong will be the next resident of the cavernous Foxwoods Theatre.