‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ has had a rough road to Broadway. The production was plagued with injuries while testing the experimental equipment to recreate Spidey’s aerial acrobatics. The show went over budget several times, nearly forcing it to shut down completely. And, after opening to bad reviews in 2012, director Julie Taymor left the show. It seemed as if everyone’s friendly neighborhood wallcrawler was not destined for Broadway.
However, with a new director, some tweaks to the show’s book, ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ reopened on Broadway in June 2011. Since then, it has had better reviews from critics and it seems as if the show has rebounded faster than the real Spider-Man after being knocked down by the Rhino! According to a recent press release (below), the show has broken the Broadway box office record for a January show and, with word spreading about the show’s turnaround, it could be on track to break more before all is said and done!
New York, NY – SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark, Broadway’s most popular new show, rang in the New Year as the highest grossing show on Broadway, shattering the record for the highest single-week gross of any show in Broadway history. The total gross for the record-breaking week ending Sunday, January 1 was $2,941,790.20, besting the previous record of $2,228,235 set by Wicked in 2011. Playing to 17,375 audience members (100.02% capacity of The Foxwoods Theatre), SPIDER-MAN also enjoyed the highest single-week attendance by any show in Broadway history (playing a standard 9-show holiday schedule).
The Foxwoods previous box office record of $2,070,195.60 was set by the show just four weeks ago. Currently in its second smash-hit year on Broadway, SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark began preview performances on November 28, 2010, and has become one of the most famous theatrical events in Broadway history, playing to packed houses and standing, screaming ovations nightly.
“We are thrilled that the public has taken such a liking to this show,” said producers Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris. “The audience continues to grow, and it is great to enter the New Year with such momentum.”
SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark has been seen by more than 700,000 audience members from around the world. It features music and lyrics by 22-time Grammy® Award-winners Bono and The Edge, direction by Philip William McKinley (The Boy From Oz), original direction by Tony® Award-winner Julie Taymor (The Lion King, Across The Universe, Frida), and book co-written by Taymor, Glen Berger (Underneath The Lintel) and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Fantastic Four and Spider-Man comics, “Big Love”). The show currently stars Reeve Carney as “Peter Parker/Spider-Man,” Patrick Page as “Norman Osborn/Green Goblin,” Rebecca Faulkenberry as “Mary Jane Watson,” and Christina Sajous as “Arachne.”
Inspired by nearly 50 years of Marvel comic books, SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark follows the story of teenager Peter Parker, whose unremarkable life is turned upside-down when he’s bitten by a genetically altered spider and wakes up the next morning clinging to his bedroom ceiling. This bullied science-geek suddenly endowed with incredible powers soon learns, however, that with great power comes great responsibility as villains put both his physical strength and strength of character to the test.