When, and if, the troubled Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark finally opens, many predict it will go down as the biggest flop in Broadway history. However, the New York Post’s Michael Riedel reports producers have big plans for the $52-million production, including a national tour.
It won’t be just any national tour, though: Riedel’s source says it will target 10,000-seat sports arenas. However, Broadway observers doubt director Julie Taymor’s Spider-Man will even be able to fill New York City’s 1,700-seat Hilton Theatre consistently. And it will have to do just that — sell out every performance — for four to five years just to break even.
But the production has a long way to go before it gets to that point. Originally set to open in March, “cash-flow obstacles” triggered delays that eventually led to the loss of co-stars Evan Rachel Ward (Mary Jane) and Alan Cumming (Green Goblin). Relative newcomer Reeve Carney remains as Peter Parker/Spider-Man — “I guess he’s the only original cast member with nothing better to do,” Riedel writes — with Patrick Page (Taymor’s The Lion King) reportedly being offered the role of Green Goblin.
Now it looks as if Spider-Man will start rehearsals this summer, begin previews in October and open in November. Of course, we’ve been down that road before.
Featuring a score by Bono and the Edge, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark could be the most expensive musical in Broadway history, with weekly production costs of more than $1 million — hundreds of thousands of dollars more than elaborate shows like Mary Poppins and West Side Story.
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