OFFICIAL: SPIDER-MAN to Close on Broadway in January 2014; Next Stop, Las Vegas!
Following a flurry of rumors this evening, BroadwayWorld has received official word that SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK will be switching off the lights in January 2014.
The show has been struggling to break even for weeks. Even with top attendance on Broadway, SPIDER-MAN's weekly costs of more than $1 million are difficult to recoup.
SPIDER-MAN spokesperson Rick Miramontez stated: "SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark will be ending its historic Broadway run in January 2014. We are excited to report that the next destination for SPIDER-MAN will be the entertainment capital of the world: Las Vegas. Further details will be announced in the weeks to come."
It is rumored that Australia's KING KONG musical could move into the Foxwoods after SPIDER-MAN leaves but nothing is set in stone. To house the special-effects-heavy SPIDER-MAN, the theater had to undergo many modifications, so reversing that infrastructure for a new show would take months and a large budget.SPIDER-MAN opened in June 2011 after an extended preview period and quite a bit of controversy surrounding on-set injuries, as well as director Julie Taymor, who was subsequently fired from the creative team. The show was then revamped into the version currently playing at the Foxwoods on Broadway. The current cast features Justin Matthew Sargent as Spider-Man, as well as Rebecca Faulkenberry, Christina DeCicco and more. SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark features music and lyrics by 22-time Grammy Award-winners Bono and The Edge and 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 Ishioka are winners of Outer Critics Circle Awards and were nominated for Tony Awards for their work on SPIDER-MAN Turn Off the Dark. The world's most recognizable Super Hero leaps off the comic book pages and onto the Broadway stage in Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark. Peter Parker's ordinary teenage life takes a turn for the extraordinary when he's bitten by a genetically altered spider and suddenly finds himself endowed with incredible superpowers. Parker quickly learns that with great power comes great responsibility as he tries to juggle the demands of high school and home life, while battling the Green Goblin and his band of super villains as they try to take down New York City and destroy everything Peter holds dear, including the beautiful girl-next-door, Mary Jane Watson. This high-flying, groundbreaking, and history-making production brings this story--inspired by more than fifty years of Marvel comic books--thrillingly to life.
Photo Credit: Jacob Cohl