Michael Cohl Reveals SPIDER-MAN Arena Tour in the Works for 2015-16
In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark producer Michael Cohl revealed that the show will in fact not be opening in Las Vegas, as previous reports suggested. Instead, an arena tour is in the works for "late 2015 or winter 2016." He told WSJ: "I think Spider-man is a pop culture rock show that was meant to be in arenas."
When asked about the recently cancelled Jesus Christ Superstar arena tour, another project with which he was affiliated, Cohl commented: "It was a disaster. Ticket sales were terrible."
He continued: "The level of shows in arenas and on the road, family shows, are behind the times. They've generally been less than they could be."
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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.