Spider man closing.... enough said

Mr Roxy
Broadway Legend
joined:5/17/03
Spider man closing.... enough said
Posted: 11/18/13 at 07:40pm
Can not say I am surprised as it constantly on TDF.

Since it cannot tour that is it I guess.
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Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
Spider man closing.... enough said
Posted: 11/18/13 at 07:40pm
There's been talk of this for a while, so I'm not surprised. I'm just surprised they let it lose money for this long before closing up shop.
Jason Shatz
Chorus Member
joined:6/24/13
Spider man closing.... enough said
Posted: 11/18/13 at 07:56pm
This show beats up Broadway with over-commercialization, cynicism, budget overruns, high prices, and injured actors. I hope this doesn't become the new paradigm - we don't need another more expensive Hollywood. BEAT IT!
blaxx
Broadway Legend
joined:6/28/05
Spider man closing.... enough said
Posted: 11/18/13 at 08:01pm
It will close as the biggest financial flop in Broadway's history, I'm sure.
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Mr Roxy
Broadway Legend
joined:5/17/03
Spider man closing.... enough said
Posted: 11/18/13 at 08:04pm
After it closes high prices will still be with us have no fear.
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HorseTears
Broadway Legend
joined:3/25/05
Spider man closing.... enough said
Posted: 11/18/13 at 08:04pm
.. to be replaced by King Kong? Does anyone know what the running cost on that show would be? I would imagine astronomical. They should just take Kong to Vegas where it belongs and where they might actually make some money.
gavyj
Stand-by
joined:11/9/11
Spider man closing.... enough said
Posted: 11/18/13 at 08:05pm
About time.
WiCkEDrOcKS
Broadway Legend
joined:6/13/04
Spider man closing.... enough said
Posted: 11/18/13 at 08:08pm
Still haven't seen version 2.0. Maybe now I'll finally get around to checking it out before it closes.
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AEA AGMA SM
Broadway Legend
joined:8/13/09
Spider man closing.... enough said
Posted: 11/18/13 at 08:17pm
"They should just take Kong to Vegas where it belongs and where they might actually make some money."

Except the numbers of musicals that have recouped in Vegas are probably about as high as those that have done so on Broadway. Even Phantom closed at a loss there.

I would guess the newest rumors of King Kong moving into the Broadway are probably closer to correct. There is a LOT of work that will have to go into restoring the Foxwoods once Spider Man heads up and it seems as if the producers of King Kong are not going to want to wait that long.
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GlindatheGood22
Broadway Legend
joined:7/17/07
Spider man closing.... enough said
Posted: 11/18/13 at 08:18pm
Lah de dah. I would hope King Kong doesn't follow it in.
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bwayphreak234
Broadway Legend
joined:7/4/10
Spider man closing.... enough said
Posted: 11/18/13 at 08:18pm
It could easily tour arenas. Technically speaking, it's about the equivalent of any major concert tour. The flying would not be a spectacular in an arena though. The whole show would not be for that matter, actually. A major aspect of this spectacle was that it was in an actual theatre. Interested to see if this has a life beyond the Foxwoods. I enjoyed the show when I saw it back in August 2011. I am glad I can say that I saw it.
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PlayItAgain
Broadway Legend
joined:11/8/11
Spider man closing.... enough said
Posted: 11/18/13 at 08:20pm
while not as high as spiderman I believe I read a quote that the capitalization for a broadway run of King Kong would be 40-45 million
oncemorewithfeeling2
Featured Actor
joined:4/25/13
Spider man closing.... enough said
Posted: 11/18/13 at 08:26pm
It's been a roller coaster with this show. I hope whatever comes into the Foxwoods is better, in more ways then one. Any show that becomes known for severely injuring cast members isn't pleasant.

The process to set up the theater for King Kong will not be a quick one or a cheap one. If King Kong is heading in, the producers are going to need a lot of time to get ready. That being said, I hope King Kong surprises us as more then a spectacle.
Idiot
Broadway Star
joined:10/9/10
Spider man closing.... enough said
Posted: 11/18/13 at 08:28pm
I don't regret never having gotten a tattoo, and I don't regret never giving this show a chance. Keep this crap in the theme parks and we all can get along.
bwayto
Broadway Star
joined:12/5/11
Spider man closing.... enough said
Posted: 11/18/13 at 08:42pm
Just ran some numbers. Assuming a weekly cost of 1M (which I've read a number of times), as of last week spiderman has netted $50,015,743 (based of a total Gross of $203,015,743).

I mean, based on how expensive it is to run each week, the fact that they've grossed after running costs just over 50M is actually quite impressive. Obviously they're still not near the original investment, but the amount they've made back thus far isn't terrible (67%). I feel like this could have a life somewhere after Broadway.

Mind you, I haven't actually seen it so I'm going based off it's commercial appeal and what I've read.

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CATSNYrevival
Broadway Legend
joined:3/1/04
Spider man closing.... enough said
Posted: 11/18/13 at 08:48pm
Part of me was kind of hoping this show would defy the odds and surprise everyone by eventually breaking even, but they sort of set themselves up for failure with that final capitalization and weekly running cost. What will be interesting to see now is what they do (if anything) to try and make some money after the fact, whether that be via a theatrical and DVD release, arena tour, scaled back national tour or amateur rights.
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someone.else's.story2
Leading Actor
joined:3/18/07
Spider man closing.... enough said
Posted: 11/18/13 at 08:56pm
I hope that it has a long life in community theaters after it closes.
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AEA AGMA SM
Broadway Legend
joined:8/13/09
Spider man closing.... enough said
Posted: 11/18/13 at 08:57pm
I would doubt that they've returned 67% of their investment. The producers admitted that it would have to run for about five years, pulling in close to 100% of their gross potential during that time, in order to finally pay back that initial investment. They haven't pulled in the kind of numbers to have them even remotely on that track for quite some time.

An arena tour is their only hope of taking this show on the road. They could design a rig that could go up in an arena in a matter of a day or two, similar to many concert acts or even Barnum & Bailey's. They could probably also tap into an audience who would be more willing to go see a "stunt spectacular" in their local arena as opposed to going to see a musical at their local theatre.
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bwayboy22
Stand-by
joined:5/9/12
Spider man closing.... enough said
Posted: 11/18/13 at 08:58pm
If Broadway professionals can't prevent injuries, imagine how many there'd be in community theater productions.
DAME
Broadway Legend
joined:4/15/04
Spider man closing.... enough said
Posted: 11/18/13 at 09:04pm
This whole debacle should be a HBO movie.
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evic
Broadway Star
joined:3/5/04
Spider man closing.... enough said
Posted: 11/18/13 at 09:05pm
Their insurance premiums must be astronomical. I hope the injured actors are well compensated, though knowing sleazy producers, they will try to put the onus on the actors and cheap out. Other than the terrific scenic design, this show was pure junk.
Borstalboy
Broadway Legend
joined:2/9/04
Spider man closing.... enough said
Posted: 11/18/13 at 09:06pm
Not one person chastising us for not thinking of the out of work actors? You disappoint, BWW.
"It's now rather very common to hear people say 'I'm rather offended by that'. As if that gives them certain rights. It's actually nothing more than a whine. It has no meaning, no purpose. It has no reason to be respected as a phrase. 'I am offended by that'. Well, so f**king what?"--Stephen Fry
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
Spider man closing.... enough said
Posted: 11/18/13 at 09:08pm
Think of all those out of work EMT's and Surgeons!
Sutton Ross
Broadway Legend
joined:7/20/13
Spider man closing.... enough said
Posted: 11/18/13 at 09:11pm
I think this could be very popular in other counties, where comic book movies make hundreds of millions of dollars. I wonder if they recouped even half the 75 million.
Borstalboy
Broadway Legend
joined:2/9/04
Spider man closing.... enough said
Posted: 11/18/13 at 09:48pm
Somewhere Julie Taymor is trying to smile.


Oh, who are we kidding? She's on the phone with Dave Matthews talking about her latest "incredible idea," a dog-eared copy of THE HOBBIT nearby.
"It's now rather very common to hear people say 'I'm rather offended by that'. As if that gives them certain rights. It's actually nothing more than a whine. It has no meaning, no purpose. It has no reason to be respected as a phrase. 'I am offended by that'. Well, so f**king what?"--Stephen Fry

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