With a reported price tag of $65 million, “Spider-Man:Turn Off the Dark” is the most expensive musical ever to be produced on Broadway, but despite a score by Bono and The Edge of U2, state-of-the-art special effects and a big-name director in Julie Taymor, Spidey still has a steep wall to climb.
Simply to break even, the show will need to bring in at least $1 million per week, but to earn its investment back will take sold-out crowds for two to three years according to The Hollywood Reporter. With 1,900 seats in the Foxwoods Theatre, that’s going to take a lot of Peter Parker fans. Here’s a little perspective: The only shows to consistently perform at such high levels include mega-hits “Wicked,” “The Lion King” and “Jersey Boys.” No pressure or anything.
As Zap2It previously reported, the musical’s first ever preview performance on Sunday (Nov. 28) left the audience feeling less than satisfied. What with the falling wires to cast members left dangling helplessly, one disgruntled viewer shouted, “I feel like a guinea pig!” Listen, if you’re going to a preview performance, whether the show runs smoothly or not, you kind of are a guinea pig anyway. Shouting seems a bit unnecessary.
Bono, optimistic as usual, says that the show must go on.
“We’re gonna get through it,” he tells the HR. “We could’ve let the production go bang; we could’ve just let it sit there, and our investors would’ve lost money and that. We stuck with it. We’re proud of it.”
Hate to break it to you, Bono, but it doesn’t appear that this show is anything to be proud of just yet. The real opening night is set for Jan. 11; let’s hope production gets its act together for a respectable run on Broadway. With so much potential, we’d hate to see theatre lovers walk away disappointed.