Joe Allen Makes Statement on SPIDER-MAN Appearance on Flop Wall
As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, the Broadway spectacular that defied odds and expectations to conquer New York, will play its final performance at the Foxwoods Theatre on January 4, 2014. Since the announcement, there has been speculation as to whether the show, which ran for 3 years on Broadway, will make it to the infamous wall of flops at Joe Allen (326 West 46th Street).
Joe Allen just made the following statement: "A lot of people have been asking if we are going to put SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark on the flop wall, so let me say, once and for all: absolutely not. Any show that plays for three years on Broadway, providing steady employment to members of the theater community and pumping money into the local economy, is no failure in my book."
SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark began preview performances on November 28, 2010, and quickly became one of the most famous theatrical events in Broadway history, playing to packed houses and standing, screaming ovations nightly. The show officially opened on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 in front of the most star-studded crowd in Broadway history, including the likes of President Bill Clinton, Mayor Michael Bloomberg,Chelsea Clinton, Matt Damon, Robert De Niro, Jay-Z, Barbara Walters, Cindy Crawford, Steve Martin, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, Helena Christensen,Lesley Stahl, Gayle King, Salman Rushdie, Liam Neeson, Lou Reed, John McEnroe,Fran Lebowitz, Gina Gershon,Ben Vereen, Harry Belafonte, Jullian Lennon, Spike Lee, and Jimmy Fallon.
SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark features music and lyrics by 22-time Grammy Award-winners Bono and The Edgeand a book co-written by Julie Taymor, Glen Berger and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, with direction by Ms. Taymor and additional direction by Philip William McKinley. Scenic Designer George Tsypin and Costume Designer Eiko Ishiokaare winners of Outer Critics Circle Awards and were nominated for Tony Awards for their work on Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark.