After exceeding expectations and defying odds, the Broadway production of Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark has set a closing date for January 4, 2014 at the Foxwoods Theatre. This comes after more than 3 years spent on Broadway thanks in part to Michael Cohl who was brought in by Bono and Edge to save the Broadway production when it was facing a host of pre-production and financial problems. The production is now expected to head to Las Vegas where it will continue entertaining new and old fans alike.
Show producers Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris shared in a statement, “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. To prepare for the Las Vegas production, we have tasked the creative team to push the boundaries even further, taking the same story and making it sleeker, bolder, and more spectacular than ever.”
Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark is the tale of young teen Peter Parker whose life dramatically changes after being bitten by a genetically modified spider. This leads to the discovery of superpowers and initial excitement soon turns into a realization that such powers come with a great deal of responsibility as well. Parker must learn to juggle the demands of high school and life at home all while trying to fight against the Green Goblin and his villainous team as they try to destroy New York city and demolish those things he loves, including girl-next-door Mary Jane Watson.
The production began previews November 28, 2010 and officially opened June 14, 2011. It features music and lyrics by Grammy Award winners Bono and The Edge, scenic design by George Tyspin and costume design by Eiko Ishioka. Julie Taymor, Glen Berger, and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa co-wrote a book for the show while direction and additional direction was provided by Julie Taymor and Philip William McKinley, respectively.
Having earned more than $200 million at the box office and boasted celebrity audience members such as President Bill Clinton, Jay-Z, Matt Damon, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Liam Neeson, Harry Belafonte, Spike Lee, and Steve Martin the production is expected to be missed. However, the Las Vegas scene seems to be a great match for the grandiose spectacular that is Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark.