Spider-Man Musical Leaves Broadway for Las Vegas
By Michael Regula
The comic book musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark will swing into Las Vegas after this winter, when it ends its tumultuous run on Broadway.
The production decided to leap to Sin City following a multi-year run that both shattered records and created a web of headlines following a disastrous start to the most expensive musical of all time. Turn Off the Dark will take up residency at a currently unnamed location after its box office numbers took a dive in recent months. Failing to fill The Foxwoods Theater, the musical is now routinely discounting tickets. After it’s last scheduled show in January, and taking in more than $200 million in three short years, the show’s producers are excited to be moving on and revamping the show.
"Our years on Broadway have afforded us the opportunity to build an internationally recognized brand, and Las Vegas, with its year-round stream of tourists seeking the world's best entertainment, is the natural home for this next incarnation," producers Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris said in a statement.
The next incarnation will be more than the same old story; according to Cohl and Harris, the Vegas extravaganza will “push the boundaries even further, taking the same story and making it sleeker, bolder, and more spectacular than ever."
The odds are good that the producers will also make the Las Vegas premiere more successful than its New York opening. The box office wasn't the first thing to go smash on Broadway, as the show quickly gained notoriety for a very rough and tumble few months in 2010. Opening night on Broadway was delayed six times after several actors were injured and the original director Julie Taymor was eventually removed from her role. Producers recently sought out new stars for the show.