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SPIDER-MAN Swings Off Broadway, Part Four: Broadway Run & The Future - Litigation, Celebration & Vegas

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 it began preview performances on November 28, 2010, and even before they bagan, the show's high and lows were in the news, making it one of the most talked about shows in Broadway history.

To pay tribute Spidey's three years on Broadway, BroadwayWorld will comemmorate it's run with a series of flashbacks to help you relive all of the excitement that is - and was - Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.

Today's final edition of 'SPIDER-MAN Swings Off Broadway' chronicles the production's three-year run, eclipsing the expectations of critics and naysayers that claimed Spidey would fail to weave his web on the Great White Way. From Taymor's notorious legal battle with the show's producers, to an official closing notice, SPIDER-MAN has managed to remain at the Foxwoods night after night, providing audiences with a never-before-seen evening of theatre - and the promise of a Las Vegas venture in the near future.


June 18, 2011: Ensemble Member Luther Creek Receives Gypsy Robe
Following SPIDER-MAN's opening night, the fabled Gypsy Robe is bestowed upon SPIDER-MAN cast member Luther Creek at the Foxwoods Theatre.

June 19, 2011: Julie Taymor Opens Up About 'Simpler' SPIDERMAN 2.0
For the first time since she was famously removed from the production in April 2011, former director Julie Taymor speaks out on the 'simpler' SPIDER-MAN '2.0.' For more than a hundred previews, Taymor led SPIDER-MAN through all of its highs and well-reported lows, and though she kept her "original direction" credit but her role was greatly diminished and the show received a major overhaul.

Before the heavy revisions implemented during SPIDER-MAN's hiatus, the story had been heavily critiqued for its complexity. During a Los Angeles theater conference, Taymor confirms that she hadn't intended for audiences to find the story overly easy to follow. If people don't know how to talk about it, she said, "In my world, and in your world, [that's] a good thing. You want people to absorb, they should be entertained, they should have a great time, but they should also be stimulated enough that when they go home or talk to their kids, they are actually digesting, thinking, talking about it."

Taymor's first viewing of the reworked show was reportedly on its June 14 opening night. What did she think? "The production today has become much simpler," she told the crowd, and left it at that.

July 1, 2011: SPIDER-MAN Experiences First Serious Technical Issues Since Previews, Cancels Flying Sequences
For the first time since previews, SPIDER-MAN is plagued by severe technical issues, and cancels the flying sequences of that evening's performance due to a technical glitch with one of the flying rigs that supports the stunts over the audience, according to a production source. The problem with the mechanism used to send the actors in flight through the Foxwoods was detected before the show, allegedly. The show went on as scheduled sans most of the flying, however the production offered refunds to those who wished t

September 2, 2011: Reeve Carney & Jennifer Damiano Featured on BWW's First Episode of BACKSTAGE WITH Richard Ridge
SPIDERMAN's leads Reeve Carney and Jennifer Damiano are featured on BroadwayWorld's inaugural episode of BACKSTAGE WITH Richard Ridge, in which they open up about how the company dealt with the media frenzy, working with artistic icons Bono, Edge and Julie Taymor, and that infamous hanging kiss.

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