Another version of Peter Parker was quietly boxed away today, with the announcement that Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark will be shutting down production next year. The most expensive production to ever hit Broadway – and one which became more expensive once the cast members started getting seriously injured seemingly every month – there are suggestions that the show may well return at some point in future, showcasing in Las Vegas.
The Wall Street Journal reports that while the show took in around a million dollars per week in ticket sales, it also cost $1.2 million to put on each week. With that leaving the show dangling precariously (perhaps upside down in the rain, above a soaked redhead) in financial terms, the Broadway run will end in order to cut losses and break even.
The show was a cursed production – although recent reports do suggest the quality of the production improved markedly once Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa took over and redrafted the script. The show was in previews for an exaggeratedly extended amount of time, and was hit by a number of accidents to the castmembers and crew. Initial reviews were poor, and the show only seemed to make a recovery once director Julie Taymor was fired back in 2011. Since then things have settled somewhat, although not without the odd severe injury along the way.
Producers are predicting that the show may return in 2015, based in Las Vegas.