SPIDER-MAN to Launch Arena Tour in 2016?
As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, the Broadway spectacular that defied odds and expectations to conquer New York, is moving to Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world. After more than three historic years on Broadway, the show play its final performance at the Foxwoods Theatre on January 4, 2014. In a recent interview with Billboard, producer Michael Cohl chatted about the big transfer.
On how the Vegas production will differ from the Broadway show, he told Billboard: "We haven't figured that out yet, but the show will change. When we opened in New York, we treated it a bit like a comic book that we all loved. New characters will come and others will be taken out, and the story will change slightly and there will probably be a couple of new songs. At it's core it will still be Spider-Man, but it will be a different enough show to be a fresh experience for those that have seen it, and for those that have never seen it, it will still be the most spectacular theatrical show they ever experienced."
On the possibility of launching an arena tour, he added: " We're much closer today than we were six months ago, in terms of what the design's going to be like, what the show needs to be and getting to a point where we can start to budget. I would expect it to be touring arenas by 2016."
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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.