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Empire State Building to Honor SPIDER-MAN's Final Performance?

According to the New York Post's Page Six, the on-going feud between Broadway's SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK and the iconic New York City landmark, the Empire State Building, may come to an end when the superhero takes his final bow at the Foxwoods Theater next month.

The tension began when Empire State Building top dogs refused to light up their buidling in red and blue, the official colors of Spider-Man, in honor of the production's Opening Night back in 2011. Their reasoning? It appears that the ESB harbors resentment over the fact that its nemesis, the Chrysler Building, appears prominently in the set's fictional skyline.

Now Page Six reports that Spidey producers have officially asked that the Empire State Building light up in red and blue in honor of the show's final performance on January 4th. As of today, officials from the architectural marvel have not yet responded to the request.

It was recently announced that Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark will be moving to Las Vegas. Additional information on the upcoming Vegas production will be announced in the weeks to come. Since it opened on Broadway, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark has been seen by approximately two million fans, and will have played 1,268 performances by the time it takes its final bow at the Foxwoods Theatre.

The show 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.

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.


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